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Artist: Cory McAbee

Project Title: Deep Astronomy 

Project Discipline: Moving Image: Non-traditional Narrative

Estimated Completion Date: 01/01/19

Deep Astronomy (a.k.a. Small Star Seminar) has been developed in part through the Sundance Film Festival’s New Frontier Story Lab. Live events have been documented by local filmmakers in countries throughout the world including Russia, Australia, Poland, Iceland, The Netherlands, Denmark, Germany, Switzerland, the UK and throughout the US. Elements are being independently generated in these and other countries as well.

The film follows the story of a singing motivational speaker (Cory McAbee) who travels the world urging people to give up their goals, stop reaching for the stars and to start looking for the stars within their own minds. The seminar features optimistic songs about quitting, accepting one’s own limitations and the power of sitting quietly. Through lectures and conversations with his live audiences McAbee introduces his theories of Deep Astronomy, Truth vs. Fact, transdimensional drifting and the Romantic Sciences.

McAbee’s journey begins when he falls from a barstool and hits the back of his head on the floor. Upon impact he sees a star within himself. Researching, identifying and defending the star’s existence become his calling. He leaves his wife and children behind in his attempt to educate the public about his theories while urging people to pursue the truth by ignoring the facts. His experiments and speeches are based on the crude beginnings of ideas, but in the hands of his followers become much more.

This project has been developed in part through the Sundance Film Festival’s New Frontier Story Lab. Events have been featured and documented at the New York Film Festival, Reykjavik International Film Festival, 36th Stage Songs Review (Wrocław, Poland), Séance Magazine Festival (Saint Petersburg, RU), Unknown Pleasures Festival (Berlin), Marfa Film Festival (TX), and at theaters, museums, galleries, night clubs, pubs and universities throughout the world.

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