Ian McCrudden

Variety has praised Ian’s work for its “deeply felt performances” and “intimate, powerfully atmospheric” style. The Hollywood Reporter called his film Islander, an “intelligent and compelling drama.”  His documentary Anita O' Day - The Life of A Jazz Singer  won the International Press Academy's award for Best Documentary for 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 eight feature films including Äntligen Midsommar - A Swedish Midsummer Comedy (Luke Perry) Anita O' Day The Life of A Jazz Singer, Islander, (Philip Baker Hall), Trespassers (Michelle Borth), The Things We Carry (Alexis Rhee), The Big Day (Julianna Margulies), Mr. Smith Gets a Hustler (Alex Feldman, 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 NYC.  Ian has collaborated on many of his films’ scores and his debut album Start Over was released worldwide in March 2007.

Ian’s work on “Anita O’Day” was also acknowledged with a nomination for Best Long Form Music Video at the 52nd Annual Grammy Awards. Ian lives in Los Angeles and Stockholm with his wife Annica and their two sons, Miles and Elton.