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