William H. Macy begins shooting directorial debut “Rudderless” Sunday in Oklahoma

The musical drama, written by Oklahoma filmmakers Casey Twenter and Jeff Robison, will star Felicity Huffman, Laurence Fishburne, Selena Gomez, Billy Crudup and Anton Yelchin.
by Brandy McDonnell Modified: April 18, 2013 at 4:15 pm •  Published: April 19, 2013

In fall 2008, they spent about five months honing the script for “Rudderless” and then contacted Creative Artists Agency, one of Hollywood's top talent agencies.

“We got lucky, called CAA, and Macy's agent happened to just magically answer, and within a week, he emailed us. And then within a week, we were on the phone with him,” Robison said. “Bill has stuck with us the whole time, has been very supportive and never gave up.”

Once Macy took on the project, he spent about a year working with the Oklahoma filmmakers' to refine their original story.

Crudup will star in “Rudderless” as a grieving father who stumbles across a box of his deceased son's original music and forms a band, hoping to find peace in the wake of his tragic loss.

“I don't want to put words in his (Macy's) mouth, but he gets a lot of scripts. And I think this one jumped out,” Twenter said.

The drama is set to shoot in the Oklahoma City and Guthrie areas over the next five weeks. While they were waiting for financing for “Rudderless” to come together, Robison and Twenter filmed their debut movie, the low-budget thriller “The Jogger,” last fall in the Edmond area.

“I'm very proud to be from Oklahoma. I love this state. I just really would like to kind of showcase some of it,” Robison said.

“Casey and I would love to make films here for the rest of our lives. That's our dream.”

by Brandy McDonnell
Entertainment Reporter
Brandy McDonnell, also known by her initials BAM, writes stories and reviews on movies, music, the arts and other aspects of entertainment. She is NewsOK’s top blogger: Her 4-year-old entertainment news blog, BAM’s Blog, has notched more than 1...
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