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WATCH: William H. Macy Directs Billy Crudup as a Boozing, Broken Musician in 'Rudderless' Trailer

Photo of Ryan Lattanzio By Ryan Lattanzio | TOH! August 14, 2014 at 4:18PM

William H. Macy gets behind the camera for his filmmaking debut "Rudderless," the gritty 2014 Sundance Film Festival drama that moved audiences on closing night. Watch the first trailer here.
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"Rudderless"
"Rudderless"

William H. Macy gets behind the camera for his filmmaking debut "Rudderless," the gritty 2014 Sundance Film Festival drama that moved audiences on closing night.

Below, watch the first trailer for this tale of an off-the-wagon, off-the-grid ad exec (Billy Crudup) who, after discovering his dead son's posthumous musical talent, climbs out from the hole of his grief and onto the stage alongside a budding young musician (Anton Yelchin). 

"Rudderless" is one of at least three potent musical pics that captivated Sundance, including "Whiplash" and "Low Down," all hitting theaters this Fall. Macy's directorial debut costars Selena Gomez, Laurence Fishburne and Macy's wife Felicity Huffman. Samuel Goldwyn Films brings the well-reviewed "Rudderless" to theaters and VOD on October 17.

This article is related to: William H. Macy, Video, Sundance, Sundance Film Festival, Trailers


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.