by Lela Scott MacNeil
February 2nd, 2011

Union Docs and Rooftop Films are proud to present TnT (Titles and Trailers), an evening of exploration into whether titles and trailer sequences be works of art in and of themselves.

Filmmaker-musician Cory McAbee, whose film Stingray Sam screened at Rooftop in 2009, will be in attendance to present the evening.

Saturday, February 5 at 7:30pm

Union Docs
322 Union Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11211
Subway: G to Metropolitan, L to Lorimer, or J to Hewes St.

Tickets Here

With the creation of mobile devices and video-sharing websites short films have grown from obscurity to become a predominate form of entertainment around the world.

TnT (Titles and Trailers) will focus on film trailers and title sequences as complete short films within themselves. Title sequences are often free-standing segments created for or by a film’s director for the purpose of presenting information that has little or nothing to do with the story you are about to see, but is designed to dictate the film’s stage, tone or mood.

With the exception of independent films, trailers were seldom created by a film’s own director. Outside parties were hired to create a short interpretation from the film itself or from unused elements.

- Cory McAbee, our evening’s host and curator

Opening Titles:
- High Noon, 1952 Directed by Fred Zinneman
- Soylent Green, 1973 Directed by Richard Fleischer
- Lilith, 1964 Directed by Robert Rossen
- Do The Right Thing, 1989 Directed by Spike Lee
- The Hunger, 1983 Directed by Tony Scott
- Naked Lunch, 1991 Directed by David Cronenberg
- 101 Dalmatians, 1961 Directed by Stephen Herek
- My Neighbor Totoro, 1988 Directed by Hayao Miyazaki
- Quantum of Solace, 2008 Directed by Marc Forster
- Monty Python’s Flying Circus, 1969 Directed by Ian MacNaughton
- The Hustler, 1961 Directed by Robert Rossen
- Paper Moon, 1973 Directed by Peter Bogdanovich
- Quest For Fire, 1981 Directed by Jean-Jacques Annaud
- Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid, 1982 Directed by Carl Reiner
- Phsyco, 1960 Directed by Alfred Hitchcock

Cory Films:
- The American Astronaut Trailer
- The American Astronaut opening title sequence
- Stingray Sam Trailer
- Stingray Sam opening title sequence
- Stingray Sam end titles-episode 6

- Little Red Riding Rabbit (Bugs Bunny), 1944 Directed by Friz Freleng
- Captain Beefheart & the Magic Band – Lick My Decals Off, Baby (advertisement) 1971 Directed by Captain Beefheart

Special thanks to Cullen Gallagher.

Cory McAbee was born in northern California. He has no formal education beyond high school. He spent the first twelve years of his adult life working as the head of security in bars, nightclubs and strip joints throughout San Francisco. During this period he became self-taught in several artistic disciplines.

In 1989 McAbee formed the musical group The Billy Nayer Show with his friend and producer Bobby Lurie. During this time McAbee created their first film, an animated short entitled, Billy Nayer. Since that time McAbee has written, directed and starred in such films as The American Astronaut (2001) and Stingray Sam (2008). Both films feature music created by his band.

Based in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, UnionDocs is a non-profit organization whose mission is to present a broad range of innovative and thought-provoking non-fiction projects to the general public, while also cultivating specialized opportunities for learning, critical discourse, and creative collaboration for emerging media-makers, theorists, and curators.

Their local screenings, exhibitions and lectures attract people from New York City and beyond, promoting dialogue about significant social questions and expanding popular awareness of the documentary arts. Expert panels and discussions from these events are recorded, archived, and made available online to growing national and international audiences. For individuals in their early careers, The UnionDocs Collaborative is a program that deeply engages current modes of non-fiction and facilitates the annual production of a group project.

UnionDocs seeks to support compelling, creative work in this field because they believe that documentary art, when paired with thoughtful context and open debate, is an invaluable tool for understanding the complexities of contemporary life and creating a better society.


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