Cory McAbee is the host and curator of Word4Word IRL. He is best known as writer, director, songwriter and co-composer for the award-winning feature films, The American Astronaut (2001), Stingray Sam (2009), Crazy and Thief (2012) and as singer/songwriter for the internationally acclaimed musical group The Billy Nayer Show (1989–2011). In 2012 McAbee founded the international arts collaborative, Captain Ahab’s Motorcycle Club with the goal of creating international solidary between artists through the creation of a globally generated feature film. The film is called Deep Astronomy. In January of 2015 McAbee recorded and produced his first solo album entitled, Small Star Seminar (available on iTunes, Amazon, Spotify and more.) The album was appropriated by the collaborative and has become a catalyst for the film’s narrative. In 2017 McAbee developed a live performance titled Deep Astronomy and the Romantic Sciences. The latest version of this performance premiered at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival. These performances are created for the purpose of live entertainment and as events to be documented by collaborators for use in the feature film, Deep Astronomy.