William H. Macy’s Rudderless

Video Services Corp.,


Directed by William H. Macy

Web- Sundance - Rudderless - Film Still
From left, Anton Yelchin, Billy Crudup in Rudderless

Opens October 17

Toronto – Carlton Cinema, 20 Carlton St.

Opens November 1

Ottawa – Mayfair Theatre, 1074 Bank St.

In Theatres, Video On Demand and Digital HD, October 17

Official Selection

2014 Sundance Film Festival – Closing Night Film

“A remarkable directorial debut from William H. Macy.” – Chase Whale, The Playlist

“[Crudup is] funny, heartbreaking and confidently musical” – Daniel Fienberg, Hitfix.com

“Rudderless marvelously finds a bit of joy and music.” – Lane Scarberry, Sound on Sight

Video Services Corp (VSC) announced today that it will be distributing the compelling drama Rudderless in theatres in Canada beginning October 17, 2014, the same day the film will debut on Digital HD and VOD from Paramount Home Media Distribution.

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.

“Casey Twenter and Jeff Robison wrote the script, and I liked it immediately.  It was an important story; it had music and humor and great characters,” explains Macy. “Everyone told me directing was a monstrous amount of work, and everyone was right.  It was the most exhausting, intense and overwhelming thing I’ve ever done.  It was also the most thrilling, rewarding and invigorating thing I’ve ever done.  I fell in love with this business all over again.  And now, all I want to do is direct.”

Rudderless opens at The Carlton Cinema in Toronto, followed by The Mayfair in Ottawa with more markets to come.

*Academy Award nominee Best Actor in a Supporting Role, Fargo, 1996; Golden Globe nominee Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture, Seabiscuit, 2004; Golden Globe nominee Best Performance by an Actor in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television, The Wool Cap (2005) and Door to Door (2003)

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About Video Services Corp.

Founded in 1993 by former rock critic Jonathan Gross, Video Services Corp. (VSC) is a leading independent all-platform film distributor with offices in Toronto and Los Angeles. VSC’s DVD catalogue includes “Corner Gas,” Sharknado, “Comedy Now! Starring Russell Peters” and “Spectacle: Elvis Costello With….” Recent theatrical releases include Union Square, with Oscar® winner Mira Sorvino, Alan Partridge, starring Steve Coogan, and the Israeli horror sensation Big Bad Wolves. VSC has an eclectic 2014 slate that features Cannes Selection Life Itself, TIFF Midnight Madness People’s Choice Award Winner What We Do In The Shadows and the horror film The ABCs of Death 2. For more information visit www.videoservicescorp.com.

About Paramount Home Media Distribution

Paramount Home Media Distribution (PHMD) is part of Paramount Pictures Corporation (PPC), a global producer and distributor of filmed entertainment.  PPC is a unit of Viacom (NASDAQ: VIAB, VIA), a leading content company with prominent and respected film, television and digital entertainment brands.  The PHMD division oversees PPC’s home entertainment, digital and television distribution activities worldwide. The division is responsible for the sales, marketing and distribution of home entertainment content on behalf of Paramount Pictures, Paramount Animation, Paramount Vantage, Paramount Classics, Insurge Pictures, MTV, Nickelodeon, Comedy Central and CBS and applicable licensing and servicing of certain DreamWorks Animation titles.  PHMD additionally manages global licensing of studio content and distribution across worldwide digital and television distribution platforms including online, mobile and portable devices and emerging technologies.