July 13, 2014
Last weekend, Aspen Film presented a special evening with the husband-and-wife team of William H. Macy and Felicity Huffman, stars of the small and silver screens.
Perhaps most recognizable for his roles in the films “Fargo,” “Seabiscuit,” “The Cooler,” “Magnolia” and more, Macy currently stars in the Showtime series “Shameless.” Huffman earned an Emmy and a Screen Actors Guild Award for best lead actress in a comedy series for her role on “Desperate Housewives” and was nominated for an Academy Award for her riveting performance in the film “Transamerica.”
As a departure from his work in acting and screenwriting, in 2013 Macy made his feature directorial debut with “Rudderless,” which was the closing film at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival and will be distributed by Paramount/Goldwyn later this year. Through a close relationship with the couple, Aspen Film had the distinct pleasure of premiering the film in Aspen on July 5.
The evening opened with an intimate reception with Macy and Huffman — who both appear in the film — at the home of longtime Aspen Film patron Toby Devan Lewis. The film then screened at Paepcke Auditorium to a sold-out crowd, followed by an engaging question-and-answer session led by Aspen Film Co-Director Laura Thielen.
The musical drama features an ensemble cast including Billy Crudup, Anton Yelchin, Selena Gomez, Laurence Fishburne, Macy and Huffman. For those who have yet to see it, my advice is to avoid reading reviews or seeking insights into the storyline and to simply go see it — it’s a powerful film to say the least.
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