Variety has praised Ian McCrudden‘s work for its “deeply felt performances” and “intimate, powerfully atmospheric” style. The Hollywood Reporter called his film Islander, an “intelligent and compelling drama.” He was nominated for a Grammy for his documentary Anita O’ Day: The Life of a Jazz Singer, which won the International Press Academy’s award for Best Documentary of 2008. Ian got his start at Stanford University, where he received the Golden Medal for writing and directing. His production of Night Baseball was honored at the National College Theater Festival, and Stanford University Press published his thesis on Samuel Beckett.
McCrudden has directed twelve feature films including Hopeful-The Story of MaineWorks, Fallen Angel, Child of Grace, Äntligen midsommar! – A Swedish Midsummer Comedy (starring Luke Perry), Anita O’ Day: The Life of a Jazz Singer, Islander (starring Philip Baker Hall), Trespassers (starring Michelle Borth), The Things We Carry (starring Alexis Rhee), The Big Day (starring Julianna Margulies), Mr. Smith Gets a Hustler (starring Alex Feldman and Larry Pine), and Trailer: The Movie. Ian also directs original plays in the United States and abroad, including most recently the acclaimed Patriotic Bitch off-broadway in New York City. Ian has collaborated on many of his films’ scores and his debut album Start Over was released worldwide in March 2007. Dream Anyway, his second album, followed in November 2010. Ian lives in Los Angeles and Stockholm with his wife Annica and their two sons, Miles and Elton.