Space-cowboy lands at ACMI
Director, writer and star of cult-hit The American Astronaut, Cory McAbee, comes to town.
ACMI will host the Australian premiere of his follow-up film, Stingray Sam (2009) - a sci-fi western musical comedy, no less - on Friday 15 January, followed by a Q&A with McAbee himself.
Stingray Sam comes embedded with the same quirky sensibility and undeniable artistry that that made The American Astronaut (2001) a hit with ACMI's cinema-goers - so much so that it has been screening at ACMI in Freaky Fridays for two years. (No excuses if you haven't seen it. The American Astronaut will screen on Friday 29 January. Make it a new year's resolution!)
Narrated by four-time Emmy Award-winner David Hyde Pierce (Frasier), Stingray Sam is the adventures of, well, Stingray Sam, a lounge singer on Mars. He takes his long-lost accomplice and former jailbird buddy the Quasar Kid on a dangerous mission to save a young girl from the clutches of the evil Fredward, a genetically-designed figurehead of a very wealthy planet.
Since its premiere at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival, Stingray Sam has appeared at over twenty festivals around the globe and even at sci-fi fairs!
The film is presented in six 11-minute episodic 'nuggets' designed to offer different viewing flexibility (in parts or as a feature) as well as multi-platform viewing (from cinema screen to mobile phone). McAbee has been championing the ability of film to harness new-frontier technology and was commissioned by the Sundance Film Festival to make Reno (2007), a multi-platform short.
Naturally, ACMI will screen the serial in full, as a feature, but rest assured the episode structure leads to an exciting and unpredictable viewing experience - you may find yourself clapping after each chapter or singing along to the show tunes like audiences around the world.
ACMI's wonderful web boffins have even put the trailer here. The Australian premiere of Stingray Sam on 15 January will be followed by an encore screening on 22 January (and don't forget The American Astronaut on 29 January) but make sure you're there on the 15th to see Cory McAbee in person.
Published Monday, 11 January 2010