2013, 105 minutes, color, U.S.A.

Sam is a former high-profile advertising executive whose life has been torn apart by the tragic death of his son. Off the grid, living on a docked sailboat, he drowns his pain in alcohol. When Sam discovers a box filled with his son's demo tapes and lyrics, his own child’s musical talent is a revelation for him, a grieving father who felt he’d been absent from his son’s life. Communing with his deceased son’s dashed dreams, Sam learns each song and eventually musters the will to play one at a local bar. When Quentin, a young musician in the audience, is captivated by the song, the unlikely duo form a rock band that becomes surprisingly popular and changes both of their lives.

A searing performance from Billy Crudup, as Sam, leads an exemplary cast that includes Anton Yelchin as Quentin, plus Selena Gomez and Laurence Fishburne. Casey Twenter and Jeff Robison’s potent screenplay was the launching pad for acclaimed actor William H. Macy’s glorious feature-directing debut. Rudderless is a poignant musical drama about the power of a parent’s love.

Director: William H. Macy

Screenwriters: Casey Twenter, Jeff Robison, William H. Macy

Producers: Keith Kjarval, Brad Greiner

Executive Producers: Nathan Kelly, William H. Macy, Jeff Johnson, Patricia Cox, Aaron L. Gilbert, Ali Jazayeri, Jeff Rice

Co-producers: Tyler Jackson, Gary Michael Schultz

Cinematographer: Eric Lin

Production Designer: Chris Stull

Editor: John Axelrad

Principal Cast: Billy Crudup, Anton Yelchin, Felicity Huffman, Selena Gomez, Laurence Fishburne, William H. Macy

About the Director

William H. Macy is an Academy Award and Golden Globe nominee and an Emmy– and SAG Award–winning actor. He also writes for theatre, film, and television. Macy currently stars in the Showtime series Shameless. In addition, he is a founding member of the Atlantic Theater Company, and his film credits include Seabiscuit, The Cooler, Magnolia, Boogie Nights, and Wild Hogs. Rudderless is Macy’s feature directorial debut.


1/24/2014 6:30 pm
Eccles Theatre, Park City
1/25/2014 9:00 am
Eccles Theatre, Park City
1/26/2014 12:30 pm
Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center, SLC