RudderlessBilly 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.
Critic Reviews of "Rudderless"
RogerEbert.comOctober 17, 2014
Contrived or not, the story is put across with pleasing, unpretentious conviction and skill by Macy.
Globe and MailOctober 17, 2014
Rudderless is humane and almost entertaining.
Toronto StarOctober 16, 2014
The film is a roller-coaster of emotions and the jolt, when it comes, will send you reeling.
Los Angeles TimesOctober 16, 2014
For all its noble intentions and loaded emotions, "Rudderless" proves a largely hollow, uninvolving affair.
Chicago ReaderOctober 16, 2014
The story takes an even sharper left turn in the last half hour, raising emotional issues it can't adequately address.
Seattle TimesOctober 16, 2014
"Rudderless" isn't always smoothly paced, and features a plot twist that's awkwardly handled, but at its heart is a performance that resonates - and a director that, I hope, has more stories to tell.
Cinema em CenaDecember 19, 2016
It contains the seed of a much better film that is left unexplored. [Full review in Portuguese.]
Independent Online (South Africa)March 02, 2016
A lot of the emotional communication comes through in the music, especially when Sam cannot confront his own feelings, reminding us why we make music in the first place.
Consequence of SoundJanuary 09, 2015
Shock can lead to awe, but in the case of Rudderless, shock leads to "ahhh, they blew it."
MediaMikesDecember 08, 2014
Skillfully directed by William H. Macy, "Rudderless" is one of those small independent films that it's a privilege to discover
amNewYorkNovember 10, 2014
The picture is performance-driven, without a wandering eye, to the extent that you can't help but feel moved every time Billy Crudup's Sam busts out his guitar.
Common Sense MediaOctober 31, 2014
Touching drama about father remembering lost son with music.
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Miles HeizerBirth date: 16 May 1994, Greenville, Kentucky, USADescription: Miles Heizer was born on May 16, 1994 in Greenville, Kentucky, USA. He is an actor, known for Nerve (2016), Parenthood (2010) and Rudderless (2014).
Alexandra LovelaceBirth date: 16 May 1994, Greenville, Kentucky, USADescription: Alexandra Lovelace is an actress, known for Rudderless (2014), FPU (2011) and The Hambone Group (2016).
Billy CrudupBirth date: 8 July 1968, Manhasset, New York, USADescription: Known as much for his rigorous career choices as for his talent and chiseled good looks, Billy Crudup has been straddling the line between serious actor and "it" leading man for several years.Crudup was born in 1968 in Manhasset, New York (a Long Island suburb), the middle child in a family of three boys. He is the son of Georgann (Gaither) and Thomas Henry Crudup III, and the grandson of prominent attorney William Cotter "Billy" Gaither, Jr.Crudup was raised in Florida and Texas. His family frequently moved and always being the new kid meant Billy had to develop some way of gaining acceptance. Being the class clown was his ticket in. He found roles in school pageants and developed funny impersonations to entertain family and friends. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of North Carolina (where he confirmed his interest in acting). Upon graduation, Crudup headed to NYC to live with his brother Tommy (who was at that time a publicist) and study at New York University, where he joined a theatre troupe called "the lab!" and did little plays and musicals - he even played "Schroeder" in the famed children's musical "You're A Good Man Charlie Brown!".He then went on to earn a Master of Fine Arts from the Tisch School of the Arts at NY in 1994. A year later, he'd already made a name for himself on Broadway, earning the Outer Critics Circle Outstanding Newcomer Award for his performance in Tom Stoppard's "Arcadia".Crudup's first big-screen acting gig was in the indie film Grind (1997), which was shot in 1994, but ended up on the shelf for three years. In 1996, he landed another, more lucrative role, opposite Hollywood hotshots Brad Pitt and Jason Patric in the Barry Levinson drama, Sleepers (1996). He followed that up with a brief appearance in Woody Allen's Everyone Says I Love You (1996) and a higher-profile turn as the rakish older brother in Inventing the Abbotts (1997).A self-described student of human nature, Crudup has said that he looks for characters wrestling with their mistakes. Rumor has it that he declined an audition for the lead in Titanic (1997) in order to seek out more challenging projects--like the "Steve Prefontaine" biopic Without Limits (1998). "Limits" showcased Crudup's ability to completely transform himself for a role (a quality that would help him skirt stardom while continuing to land substantive parts). In 2000, with three major films in release, Crudup's already bustling movie career reached a fever pitch. He first hit the festival circuit in Keith Gordon's Waking the Dead (2000), the tale of an up-and-coming politician who is haunted by the death of his young wife. Next came the art-house favorite Jesus' Son (1999). Finally, he starred as the semi-fictional '70s rocker "Russell Hammond" in Cameron Crowe's much-lauded Almost Famous (2000). In 2002, his production of "The Elephant Man" on Broadway closed after 65 performances, due to low ticket sales.Crudup lives in New York and returns regularly to the stage - in fact, it was during the 1996 Broadway run of "Bus Stop" that he began his romance with longtime girlfriend, Mary-Louise Parker. That romance ended in 2004, when Crudup left the then-pregnant Parker for his Stage Beauty (2004) co-star, Claire Danes. He seems to prefer quiet anonymity to the pomp and circumstance of the movie star lifestyle, but his ever-growing popularity guarantees that he won't be able to avoid the spotlight altogether.
Casey TwenterBirth date: 8 July 1968, Manhasset, New York, USADescription: Casey Twenter is a writer and producer, known for Rudderless (2014), The Scent of Rain & Lightning (2017) and The Jogger (2013).
David Adam FlanneryBirth date: 8 July 1968, Manhasset, New York, USADescription: David Adam Flannery is an actor, known for Rudderless (2014), A Single Shot (2013) and Brown Bag (2014).
Eric StarkeyBirth date: 8 July 1968, Manhasset, New York, USADescription: Eric Starkey is an actor, known for Rudderless (2014), Time Expired (2011) and Return to Sender (2004).
Kenneisha ThompsonBirth date: 8 July 1968, Manhasset, New York, USADescription: Kenneisha Thompson is an actress, known for Rudderless (2014), A Ghost Story (2017) and Battleborn (2016).
Ali MeyerBirth date: 8 July 1968, Manhasset, New York, USADescription: Ali Meyer is an actress, known for Rudderless (2014).
Lance WestBirth date: 8 July 1968, Manhasset, New York, USADescription: Lance West is an actor, known for Rudderless (2014) and The Jurassic Games (2018).
Kevin OgleBirth date: 8 July 1968, Manhasset, New York, USADescription: Kevin Ogle is an actor, known for Rudderless (2014) and Thunderstruck (2012).
Linda CavanaughBirth date: 8 July 1968, Manhasset, New York, USADescription: Linda Cavanaugh is an actress, known for Rudderless (2014), Thunderstruck (2012) and Possums (1998).
Jennifer SavidgeBirth date: 6 July 1952, Alameda County, California, USADescription: Jennifer Savidge was born on July 6, 1952 in Alameda County, California, USA as Jennifer Alyson Savidge. She is an actress, known for Evolution (2001), St. Elsewhere (1982) and Rudderless (2014). She has been married to Robert Fuller since May 19, 2001. She was previously married to Timothy Burns.
Jamie ChungBirth date: 10 April 1983, San Francisco, California, USADescription: Jamie Chung was born and raised in California, the daughter of Korean parents. She studied Economics at the University of California, Riverside. Chung's break came in 2004, when she was working in a sports bar. MTV held auditions for The Real World (1992) there, she tried out, and was successful, appearing in the San Diego based fourteenth season.Chung went on to successfully launched an acting career, making her debut with a small part in Veronica Mars (2004). Roles in other TV series followed, including Days of Our Lives (1965) and Greek (2007). She also transitioned into feature films with such projects as Sorority Row (2009), Sucker Punch (2011) and The Hangover Part II (2011).
Felicity HuffmanBirth date: 9 December 1962, Bedford, New York, USADescription: Felicity toiled away for 20 years in ill fated television shows, Broadway plays and independent films in the shadow of her successful husband, actor William H Macy, then she got the part of Lynette Scavo in the television series Desperate Housewives and the film Transamerica resulting in a Golden Globe nomination for both.
Phil DeberryBirth date: 9 December 1962, Bedford, New York, USADescription: Phil Deberry is an actor, known for Rudderless (2014).
Selena GomezBirth date: 22 July 1992, Grand Prairie, Texas, USADescription: Selena Marie Gomez was born and raised in Grand Prairie, Texas, to Mandy Teefey, who is of part Italian descent, and Ricardo Gomez, who is of Mexican descent and originally from New Mexico. Her parents divorced in 1997. Giving birth to Selena at 16, her mom Mandy recalls living "paycheck-to-paycheck". Selena started out on Barney & Friends (1992) as "Gianna" in 2001 where she really discovered her talent. Unfortunately, they dropped her from the series after just two years. In 2003, she had a very small role in the movie Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over (2003) and a bit part in 2005 when she played "Julie" in Walker, Texas Ranger: Trial by Fire (2005) with Mitchel Musso and in 2006 as "Emily Grace Garcia" in Brain Zapped (2006) when she recorded a song for the movie. She she guest starred as "Gwen" in The Suite Life of Zack and Cody (2005) and as Hannah's rival, the 'evil' "Mikayla", in Hannah Montana (2006). Selena's amazing talent landed her roles in two Disney series, both spin-offs. Unfortunately, neither show was picked up until 2007 when she got the role of "Alex Russo" in the magical series Wizards of Waverly Place (2007) which she auditioned for three times. In March 2008, she made her first animated movie Horton Hears a Who! (2008) and later starred in Another Cinderella Story (2008) with Disney Channel star Drew Seeley for ABC Family. Her two Disney Channel Original Movies Princess Protection Program (2009), with real-life BFF Demi Lovato, and Wizards of Waverly Place: The Movie (2009) will both air Summer 2009.
Alex WehrleyBirth date: 22 July 1992, Grand Prairie, Texas, USADescription: Alex Wehrley is an actress, host and blogger, originally from Wisconsin and now residing in Los Angeles. She is best-known for her work on E! News (1991) Now, Eye Opener TV (2011) and various live red carpet shows. Alex made her big screen debut, in 2014, in the movie, Rudderless (2014), directed by William H. Macy. She also produces her own content, including short films, like "Let It Go", and videos for her blog, "Tears & Giggles". She is a student at UCB and John Rosenfeld Studios. In 2009, she competed, as Miss Wisconsin, on the Miss USA telecast. That same year, she graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, with a B.A. in communications.
Tony PayneBirth date: 22 July 1992, Grand Prairie, Texas, USADescription: Tony Payne is an actor and producer, known for Rudderless (2014), Dance with Jesus: From Grief to Grace (2015) and Unbreachable (2014).
Peter SpruytBirth date: 22 July 1992, Grand Prairie, Texas, USADescription: Peter Spruyt is a multi-talented Los Angeles based actor, stand-up comedian and writer.He has shown his great versatility in numerous TV and film roles with guest starring credits on "Brooklyn Nine-Nine," "Better Off Ted," and "My Name Is Earl." He can now be seen regularly on the new, highly anticipated USA Network show, "Benched," opposite Eliza Coupe ("Happy Endings"), Jay Harrington ("Better Off Ted"), Oscar Nunez ("The Office"), Maria Bamford ("Adventure Time") and Carter MacIntyre ("Drop Dead Diva") who portrays the star's nemesis. The show is slated to premiere Tuesday, October 28th at 10:30 PM/ 9:30 PM (CT).What started out as a guest-starring role for Spruyt on the single-camera comedy about a high-powered corporate lawyer's fall from grace (Coupe) into the rough and tumble world of public defenders where she must learn to connect with her co-workers, soon turned into the regular role of 'Boring Larry,' the office nebbish you can't help but love. "Benched," from executive producers and writers Michaela Watkins ("Saturday Night Live," "Trophy Wife") and Damon Jones ("Halfway Home"), settles into its Tuesday 10:30 PM night slot on the USA Network beginning Nov 4th and will run into early 2015.On the big screen, Peter can be seen in the feature film "Rudderless," William H. Macy's directorial debut portraying 'Alaird Dupree,' in the key role of the marina manager who provides welcome comic relief. Premiering first at this year's Sundance Film Festival where it gained critical acclaim for both the film's poignancy and Macy's impressive directorial debut, "Rudderless:" stars Billy Crudup, Anton Yelchin, Felicity Huffman, Selena Gomez and Laurence Fishburne and opens this Friday, October 17th across the country. Spruyt's early film work ranges from roles in "Men in Black II" to "Down with Love."As a stand-up, Peter has been featured on "Jimmy Kimmel Live," Comedy Central's "Premium Blend," and numerous festivals, including The Chicago Comedy Festival, "Just for Laughs," the Montreal Comedy Festival, The Bridgetown Comedy Festival and The Bentzen Ball in Washington DC. He has performed in clubs and casinos throughout the country.Peter was born in Addis Abeba, Ethiopia, and grew up in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Hestudied theater at Northwestern University and trained with the world-famous Groundlings Theater in Los Angeles.His first foray producing a major charity event, "Krullapalooza" at the Wiltern Theater last spring in honor of his late wife, Suzanne Krull, featured Tig Notaro, Zach Gallifianakis, Patton Oswalt, Reggie Watts and Ian Harvie, and raised money for TransYouth Speak, an organization that benefits transgender youth. He continues to be active with Peace Action West, California League of Conservation Voters, The Human Rights Campaign, Planned Parenthood, NOW and the ACLU.Peter is engaged to the actress, Sally Brooks. He has a young daughter from his marriage with his late wife, the actress, Suzanne Krull.
Drew PollockBirth date: 22 July 1992, Grand Prairie, Texas, USADescription: Drew Pollock is an actor, known for Breaking Bad (2008), Rudderless (2014) and Monday at 11:01 A.M. (2016).
Joey BicicchiBirth date: 22 July 1992, Grand Prairie, Texas, USADescription: Joey Bicicchi is an actor and producer, known for Rudderless (2014), Vincent N Roxxy (2016) and The Rake.
Marcus Anthony GuinnBirth date: 22 July 1992, Grand Prairie, Texas, USADescription: It looks like we don't have any Biography for Marcus Anthony Guinn yet.
Bob KingBirth date: 22 July 1992, Grand Prairie, Texas, USADescription: Bob King is an actor, known for Walk the Line (2005), Friday the 13th (2009) and Rudderless (2014).
Kate MicucciBirth date: 31 March 1980, New Jersey, USADescription: Kate was born in New Jersey and spent most of her school years in Pennsylvania. As a kid she focused on playing outside in the woods and playing classical piano.In college she majored in art, focusing on painting and making puppets. She received an A.A. in Fine Arts from Keystone College.After a small stint watering banana and pineapple plants in Hawaii, Kate decided to go to Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles where she made more puppets and received a B.A. in Studio Art.Since 2008 Kate has resided in Los Angeles, where she has a steady gig building sandcastles. She also works as an actor and can be found around town playing the ukulele.
William H. MacyBirth date: 13 March 1950, Miami, Florida, USADescription: William H. Macy was born on March 13, 1950 in Miami, Florida, USA as William Hall Macy Jr. He is an actor and writer, known for Fargo (1996), Shameless (2011) and Jurassic Park III (2001). He has been married to Felicity Huffman since September 6, 1997. They have two children.
Travis LinvilleBirth date: 13 March 1950, Miami, Florida, USADescription: It looks like we don't have any Biography for Travis Linville yet.
Matthew StrattonBirth date: 13 March 1950, Miami, Florida, USADescription: Matthew Stratton is known for his work on Carol (2015), Vishwaroopam (2013) and Sinister 2 (2015).
Chelsey CopeBirth date: 13 March 1950, Miami, Florida, USADescription: Matthew Stratton is known for his work on Carol (2015), Vishwaroopam (2013) and Sinister 2 (2015).
Tara DillardBirth date: 13 March 1950, Miami, Florida, USADescription: Tara Dillard is known for her work on Rudderless (2014) and Light from the Darkroom (2014).
Anton YelchinBirth date: 11 March 1989, Leningrad, Russian SFSR, USSR [now St. Petersburg, Russia]Description: Anton Yelchin was an American actor, known for playing Bobby in Hearts in Atlantis (2001), Chekov in the Star Trek (2009) reboot, Charlie Brewster in the Fright Night (2011) remake, and Jacob in Like Crazy (2011).He was born in Leningrad (now St. Petersburg), Russia, USSR, to a Jewish family. His parents, Irina Korina and Viktor Yelchin, were a successful pair of professional figure skaters in Leningrad, and his grandfather was also a professional sportsman, a soccer player. Anton was a six-month-old baby when he emigrated to the United States, where his parents settled in California, and eventually developed coaching careers. He demonstrated his strong personality from the early age of four, and declined his parents' tutelage in figure skating because he was fond of acting, and knew exactly what he wanted to do in his life.Yelchin attended acting classes in Los Angeles, and eventually was noticed by casting agents. In 2000, at the age of ten, he made his debut on television, appearing as Robbie Edelstein in the medical drama ER (1994). At the age of 11, he shot to fame as Bobby Garfield, co-starring opposite Anthony Hopkins in Hearts in Atlantis (2001), and earning himself the 2002 Young Artist Award for Best Performance in a Feature Film as Leading Young Actor. Over the course of his acting career, Yelchin has already played roles in more than twenty feature films and television productions, including Pavel Chekov in the hugely successful franchise reboot Star Trek (2009), and its sequel, Star Trek Into Darkness (2013).Outside of his acting profession, Anton loved reading, and was also fond of playing chess. He wrote music and performed with a band, where he also played piano and guitar.Anton lived in Los Angeles, California, until his death on the evening of June 19, 2016, outside his LA home, when his parked Jeep Grand Cherokee rolled backwards on his steep driveway, pinning him against a brick pillar and security fence.
Brad GreinerBirth date: 11 March 1989, Leningrad, Russian SFSR, USSR [now St. Petersburg, Russia]Description: Brad Greiner is an actor and producer, known for Divergent (2014), Rudderless (2014) and Trust Me (2013).
Minna BiggsBirth date: 11 March 1989, Leningrad, Russian SFSR, USSR [now St. Petersburg, Russia]Description: Minna Biggs is an actor, known for Rudderless (2014).
Casey FriedmanBirth date: 11 March 1989, Leningrad, Russian SFSR, USSR [now St. Petersburg, Russia]Description: Casey Friedman is an actor, known for Rudderless (2014).
Ryan DeanBirth date: 11 March 1989, Leningrad, Russian SFSR, USSR [now St. Petersburg, Russia]Description: Ryan Dean, a born and bred Angeleno, was groomed for the stage and screen at a young age. Born in November of 1989, he was a National Yo-Yo Champion by the age of 9, and by age 13 he was playing drums in his first band. By high school, Ryan experimented with a multitude of music styles, and decided to continue that through college.In 2009, Ryan was approached by Blizzard Entertainment to record music for their upcoming World of Warcraft video game. Simultaneously, he was playing drums in Anita & the Yanks, an Irish Folk Band, and The Atomic Sherpas, a progressive rock band.Ryan is delighted and energized to make his feature film debut in William H. Macy's directorial debut film, Rudderless, playing Aiken. He dedicates his work on this film to his late father who formally trained in theatre under Lee Strasberg.
Laurence FishburneBirth date: 30 July 1961, Augusta, Georgia, USADescription: One of Hollywood's most talented and versatile performers and the recipient of a truckload of NAACP Image awards, Laurence John Fishburne III was born in Augusta, Georgia on July 30, 1961, to Hattie Bell (Crawford), a teacher, and Laurence John Fishburne, Jr., a juvenile corrections officer.His mother transplanted her family to Brooklyn after his parents divorced. At the age of 10, he appeared in his first play, "In My Many Names and Days," at a cramped little theater space in Manhattan. He continued on but managed to avoid the trappings of a child star per se, considering himself more a working child actor at the time. Billing himself as Larry Fishburne during this early phase, he never studied or was trained in the technique of acting. In 1973, at the age of 12, Laurence won a recurring role on the daytime soap One Life to Live (1968) that lasted three seasons and subsequently made his film debut in the ghetto-themed Cornbread, Earl and Me (1975). At 14 Francis Ford Coppola cast him in Apocalypse Now (1979), which filmed for two years in the Phillippines. Laurence didn't work for another year and a half after that long episode. A graduate of Lincoln Square Academy, Coppola was impressed enough with Laurence to hire him again down the line with featured roles in Rumble Fish (1983), The Cotton Club (1984), and Gardens of Stone (1987).Throughout the 1980s, he continued to build up his film and TV credit list with featured roles despite little fanfare. A recurring role as Cowboy Curtis on the kiddie show Pee-wee's Playhouse (1986) helped him through whatever lean patches there were at the time. With the new decade (1990s) came out-and-out stardom for Laurence. A choice lead in John Singleton's urban tale Boyz n the Hood (1991) catapulted him immediately into the front of the film ranks. Set in LA's turbulent South Central area, his potent role as a morally minded divorced father who strives to rise above the ignorance and violence of his surroundings, Laurence showed true command and the ability to hold up any film. On stage, he would become invariably linked to playwright August Wilson and his 20th Century epic African-American experience after starring for two years as the eruptive ex-con in "Two Training Running." For this powerful, mesmerizing performance, Laurence won nearly every prestigious theater award in the books (Tony, Outer Critics Circle, Drama Desk and Theatre World). It was around the time of this career hallmark that he began billing himself as "Laurence" instead of "Larry." More awards and accolades came his way. In addition to an Emmy for the pilot episode of the series "Tribeca," he was nominated for his fine work in the quality mini-movies The Tuskegee Airmen (1995) and Miss Evers' Boys (1997).On the larger screen, both Laurence and Angela Bassett were given Oscar nominations for their raw, seething portrayals of rock stars Ike and Tina Turner in the film What's Love Got to Do with It (1993). To his credit, he managed to take an extremely repellent character and make it a sobering and captivating experience. A pulp box-office favorite as well, he originated the role of Morpheus, Keanu Reeves' mentor, in the exceedingly popular futuristic sci-fi The Matrix (1999), best known for its ground-breaking special effects. He wisely returned for its back-to-back sequels. Into the millennium, Laurence extended his talents by making his screenwriting and directorial debut in Once in the Life (2000), in which he also starred. The film is based on his own critically acclaimed play "Riff Raff," which he staged five years earlier. In 1999, he scored a major theater triumph with a multi-racial version of "The Lion in Winter" as Henry II opposite Stockard Channing's Eleanor of Acquitaine. On film, Fishburne has appeared in a variety of interesting roles in not-always-successful films. Never less than compelling, a few of his more notable parts include an urban speed chess player in Searching for Bobby Fischer (1993); a military prisoner in Cadence (1990); a college professor in Singleton's Higher Learning (1995); a CIA operative in Bad Company (1995); the title role in Othello (1995) (he was the first black actor to play the part on film); a spaceship rescue team leader in the sci-fi horror Event Horizon (1997); a Depression-era gangster in Hoodlum (1997); a dogged police sergeant in Clint Eastwood's Mystic River (2003); a spelling bee coach in Akeelah and the Bee (2006); and prominent roles in the mainstream films Predators (2010) and Contagion (2011). He returned occasionally to the theatre. In April 2008, he played Thurgood Marshall in the one-man show "Thurgood" and won a Drama Desk Award. It was later transferred to the screen.In the fall of 2008, Fishburne replaced William Petersen as the male lead investigator on the popular CBS drama CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (2000), but left the show in 2011 to refocus on films and was in turn replaced by Ted Danson. Since then Fishburne has appeared in the Superman film Man of Steel (2013) as Daily Planet chief Perry White.Fishburne has two children, Langston and Montana, from his first marriage to actress Hajna O. Moss. In September 2002, Fishburne married Cuban-American actress Gina Torres.
Ben KwellerBirth date: 16 June 1981Description: Ben Kweller was born on June 16, 1981 as Benjamin Lev Kweller. He has been married to Liz Kweller since September 13, 2003. They have one child.
Suzanne KrullBirth date: 8 July 1966, Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USADescription: Suzanne Krull was born and raised in Brooklyn New York. She moved to Southern California in the middle of High School, and upon graduating auditioned for acceptance to the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. She was accepted in and while there, she was nominated for the "Irene Ryan" award for outstanding Acting. She completed 2 years of their prestigious program and was then invited to return to perform in their Production Company. Immediately after that, she became a founding member of The Fountainhead Theatre Co. One of the first Theatres in Hollywood on "Hollywood Row." While working there, she juggled numerous other local LA Theatre projects and did over 30 plays in a ten year span, earning a DramaLogue Best Actress nod for Jane and Mable at The Hudson. Suzanne then began doing Stand Up comedy and was quickly asked to do the festival circuit, performing at HBO's Aspen Comedy Festival, Vail Comedy Festival and becoming a regular face at The Hollywood Improv. Despite immediate success and work in the Stand-Up world, she missed the ensemble and character work of the written word. Like most Character Actors, once Suzanne hit her 30's the jobs started flooding in. She's booked numerous Guest Star and recurring Guest Star roles on shows like Nash Bridges, N.Y.P.D Blue, The Practice, Sabrina the Teenage Witch, Buffy, Charmed, Nip Tuck, LOST, Desperate Housewives, Perfect Couples, Mr. Sunshine, PSYCH, to name a few. She starred opposite Madonna in "The Next Best Thing", worked with Jim Carrey in "How The Grinch Stole Christmas", starred opposite Leslie Neilson in the comedy, "Camoflogue", among others. She quickly established herself as an Actress with an enormous range, equally comfortable doing comedy and drama. While on location in Vancouver, and with many hours to kill, she began writing a screenplay. After it's completion it was immediately optioned by a Major Studio. She wrote, starred in and produced the Short, SAM and MIKE which won numerous festival awards for Best Short Film. She has written One Act Plays that have been produced by The Hidden Theatre Co. Her short story, "The In and Out" was published in JANE Magazine after winning it's Short Story contest. In 2002, she began one on one coaching Actors for auditions, and found that it was the perfect way to hone and work on her craft while helping others. She lives in Los Angeles with Stand-Up Comedian, Actor and Writer, Peter Spruyt and their daughter Harper Joy.
Stacy CunninghamBirth date: 8 July 1966, Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USADescription: Born in Knoxville, Tennessee and raised in Texas, Stacy Cunningham's dreams of being an actress surfaced early in her childhood. Her family always performed. Her sister sang, her dad played the guitar, her little brother rapped and Stacy performed monologues.Although her dad practices as a cardiovascular and thoracic surgeon, "he also happens to be one of the best bluegrass flat-pickers in the nation, even though his concerts have been limited to the immediate family in the small studio above his garage." She believes that her mom is the ultimate homemaker - a chef and a registered nurse - who rarely worked outside the home, choosing instead to be a housewife and full-time mother.While growing up, Stacy performed in many theater classics - "Annie," "Wizard of Oz," "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" - and the Backdoor Theater became her "second home" in Texas. Always extremely active, she had dance classes, played piano and drums and participated in soccer and swimming. She even held the Texas state-title for backstroke. "Yet, not once did she ever imagine life without being an actress.Stacy's family moved to Los Angeles while she was still in high school; and, shortly thereafter, she discovered Cal Arts. She loved the concept of a concentrated world of making art - without sororities, football or jocks - and found a kind of purity in it all. When her family moved to Georgia right after her graduation from high school, she stayed here for a year. She bussed tables, did lots of theater and "caused a hell of a lot of trouble." Shortly thereafter, she auditioned for Cal Arts and was accepted. She found her time there to be extraordinary. Only 6 out of 27 acting students graduated with their degrees, and Stacy was one of them.Immediately after graduation, Stacy started performing in more theater productions. In fact, it was while she was in the middle of tech week in the theater that she was hired for her first feature film, Ghost of Spoon River (2000). which shot in Peoria, Illinois. She followed it with The Reckoning (2002), her first lead in a film.She has many motion pictures under her belt, including: Paramount Pictures' "Carrots for Hare" and independents _Ripple Effect (2006)_, Before Turning the Gun (2006), The Reckoning (2002), The Custodian (1993) and, most recently, "A New Finish," among others.Stacy's television credits include a series regular role on the comedy As Seen on TV (2005) with George Wendt and Jonelle Allen, and the comedy Video Master Dating (2006). Her eclectic stage work includes such classics as "The Tempest," "Salome" and "Uncle Vanya," along with "Hurly Burly" and "Cabaret," among many others.In her spare time, Stacy continues doing theater and studying with extraordinary teachers such as, Alan Vint - one of her greatest influences.
Zoe GrahamBirth date: 27 October 1994, Austin, Texas, USADescription: Zoe Graham was born on October 27, 1994 in Austin, Texas, USA as Zoe Irene Graham. She is an actress, known for Boyhood (2014), Secret in Their Eyes (2015) and Scenes from the Suburbs (2011).
Chandler RyanBirth date: 27 October 1994, Austin, Texas, USADescription: Chandler Ryan is known for her work on Rudderless (2014), Distant Vision (2015) and Road Kill Zoo (2014).
Michele ReneBirth date: 27 October 1994, Austin, Texas, USADescription: Michele Rene is an actress, known for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016), Rudderless (2014) and Agenda (2007).
Directors of "Rudderless"
William H. MacyBirth date: 13 March 1950, Miami, Florida, USADescription: William H. Macy was born on March 13, 1950 in Miami, Florida, USA as William Hall Macy Jr. He is an actor and writer, known for Fargo (1996), Shame...
Creators of "Rudderless"
Casey TwenterDescription: Casey Twenter is a writer and producer, known for Rudderless (2014), The Scent of Rain & Lightning (2017) and The Jogger (2013).
Jeff RobisonDescription: Jeff Robison is a writer and producer, known for Rudderless (2014), The Scent of Rain & Lightning (2017) and In the Rough (2016).