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Cory McAbee, the ingenious, idiosyncratic talent behind The American Astronaut and Stingray Sam, is on the festival circuit at the moment with his most recent film, the 50-odd-minute Crazy and Thief. (This sweet portrait of childhood, starring McAbee’s children, Willa Vy McAbee and John Huck McAbee, premiered at LAFF last month, moving on to BAMcinemaFest shortly afterwards.)

Despite having just put one new work out in the world, McAbee has already launched his next creative project, the very intriguing Captain Ahab’s Motorcycle Club. Here’s how its website describes it:

Captain Ahab’s Motorcycle Club was conceived by filmmaker/musician Cory McAbee. The club was established in 2012 by McAbee and filmmaker/documentarian Gregory Bayne. It is a national and international collaborative, a club and a production studio. Participation will take place at live events and online. Participation equals membership. Local chapters are developing worldwide.

The first two departments being developed are music and graphics. Our online music library features a growing collection of songs written by Cory McAbee. All tracks are available for free download. Additional tracks and mixes for these songs are being generated and posted by club members. McAbee has been performing live to these mixes and will continue to do so as tracks develop and mutate. Members are also welcome to use this material. This department will produce live events, club gatherings, and a feature film soundtrack.

Illustrators and graphic designers are creating a body of work in the form of “chapter patches” for their areas. This is our first online collaboration in the visual arts. As these departments develop other departments in other fields will be introduced. Our final project will be a FEATURE FILM, written & directed by Cory McAbee, produced by Gregory Bayne and created by Captain Ahab’s Motorcycle Club. The film and its elements will be distributed for free. Any profits will be given to charity.

For more information — and to get involved — go to the official Captain Ahab’s Motorcycle Club website.

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