The first trailer for the Oklahoma-made film “Rudderless” is finally out, and it does a great job of encapsulating the moving musical drama.
The feature directorial debut of Academy Award and Golden Globe nominee William H. Macy, “Rudderless” had its world premiere as the Closing Night Film at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival. The film features an outstanding cast including Billy Crudup (“Almost Famous”), Anton Yelchin (“Star Trek Into Darkness”), Felicity Huffman (“Desperate Housewives”), Jamie Chung (“Believe”), Selena Gomez (“Spring Breakers”) and Laurence Fishburne (“The Matrix”).
Crudup plays Sam, a former high-profile advertising executive whose life is torn apart by the sudden death of his son. Living off the grid on a docked sailboat, he wastes away his days while drowning 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 perform one at a local bar. When Quentin (Yelchin), a young musician in the audience, is captivated by the song, the unlikely duo forms a rock band that becomes surprisingly popular and revitalizes both of their lives.
Edmond-based filmmakers Jeff Robison and Casey Twenter wrote the screenplay. The film was shot in Oklahoma City and Guthrie last year.
Plus, Paramount Home Media Distribution has confirmed what I reported last week: It will be distributing the compelling drama “Rudderless” on Digital HD and VOD in the United States beginning Oct. 17, the same day the film will debut in theaters from Samuel Goldwyn Films.
“So many people in Oklahoma helped with this film, and I can say without exaggeration we could not have made the film anywhere else but here,” Macy said during a private cast and crew screening in June at AMC Quail Springs 24 in OKC.
“I’ve shot in a lot of places, and this is what it’s like in most of them: You say, ‘Excuse me, but we’re filming here. Could you mow your lawn later?’ And they say ‘F you’ and you usually have to go to them with hundred-dollar bills to get them to stop mowing their lawn. It was the opposite here: Nobody mowed his or her lawn,” he joked.
“I can’t tell you how warmly we were greeted here. And I thank you from the bottom of my heart. And I think we did something. I got to see the film the night before last, and somehow since Sundance, it’s gotten better.”
Macy sat down with Larry King on “Larry King Now” to talk about his Emmy nomination for his role as Frank Gallagher in “Shameless,” working with the late Philip Seymour Hoffman and his directorial debut in “Rudderless,” in which he directed his wife, Huffman. Here are some clips: