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Cory McAbee

Cory McAbee

Cory McAbee was born in San Rafael, California. He began work on his first animated film, Billy Nayer, in 1988, while simultaneously writing for and creating a musical performance group of the same name. The film was completed in 1992 and premiered at the 1993 Sundance Film Festival. It screened at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston in the American Independent Animation Series. It won the award for Best Animated Short in the 1993 USA Film Festival in Dallas. It was featured in the 24th International Tournee of Animation and has aired repeatedly on PBS.

Work on the musical film, The Ketchup and Mustard Man followed, including live performances of the material that would eventually end up in the film. Like many elements of The American Astronaut, The Ketchup and Mustard Man was a truly hand-crafted film; the furniture, paintings, and props created for the film remained on exhibit at the Pro-Arts Gallery in Oakland for the next two months. The finished film premiered at The Castro Theatre in July 1994. It has since received many honors, including best short film at the 1995 Chicago Underground Film Festival.

In 1992, McAbee completed his second short film, The Man On The Moon. This film was shot on a Fisher Price Pixel Camera and premiered in 16mm in 1993 at the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco. A hand-sculpted prop from this film was displayed at San Francisco's New Langton Arts Gallery. The Man On The Moon has been exhibited throughout the US and Europe.

With McAbee as its front man, The Billy Nayer Show has released several albums and has been awarded the 1993 San Francisco Bay Guardian Goldie Award for Best Musical Group and the 1994 SF Weekly WAMMIE award. They were nominated for a BAMMIE in 1996 and selected to compete in a regional GRAMMY showcase that same year.

McAbee has been a frequent guest lecturer at Stanford University and at the San Francisco Art Institute.


Note: This profile was written in or before 2003.

Cory McAbee Facts

OccupationDirector, Actor
BirthplaceSan Rafael, California, USA

Selected Filmography

Not available.