William H. Macy’s film about a father grieving the death of his musician son who forms a rock band will be the closing night film at the Sundance Film Festival in January.
“Rudderless,” which Macy directed co-stars in, also features Selena Gomez, Billy Crudup, Anton Yelchin, Felicity Huffman and Laurence Fishburne. Macy wrote the film with Casey Twenter and Jeff Robison. Sundance runs Jan. 16-26 in Utah.
Premieres of out-of-competition films and documentaries were announced Monday and included only a few music-related movies. Among the features is “Frank,” an offbeat comedy about a wannabe musician who joins an avant garde rock band. Directed by Lenny Abrahamson from a script by Jon Ronson and Peter Straughan, the film stars Michael Fassbender, Domhnall Gleeson, Maggie Gyllenhaal and Scoot McNairy.
Among the documentaries is “Finding Fela” by director Alex Gibney, which chronicles the life, music, and political importance of Nigeria’s Fela Anikulapo Kuti.
Filmmaker Sterlin Harjo’s “This May Be the Last Time” begins with the disappearance of his grandfather in 1962 and tracks the origins of songs sung by the community searching for him.