For 20 years, Jimmy (Ron Eldard) lived his rock-and-roll fantasy as a roadie for Blue Oyster Cult, but the glory days are gone, and Jimmy just got the boot. Returning to his childhood home in Queens, he finds his mom teetering toward dementia and his high school crush (Jill Hennessy) married to his still-nettling childhood rival (Bobby Cannavale). Building a future means confronting the relationships of the past in this heartfelt coming-of-middle-age tale.
Michael Cuesta (Born July 8, 1963 in New York) is an American film and television director. He received a BFA in photography from the School of Visual Arts in 1985.
Cuesta co-wrote (with Stephen Ryder and Gerald Cuesta) and directed the 2001 independent film, L.I.E. which starred Paul Dano, Brian Cox, Billy Kay, and Bruce Altman. L.I.E. received critical acclaim and two Independent Spirit Awards at the Sundance Film Festival.
His film L.I.E. actually led him to become a veteran director for the HBO original series, Six Feet Under which aired from 2001–05. According to executive producer Alan Poul, “During the second season, we had hired a director for the fourth episode, but he fell out one week before the start of pre-production. Alan Ball and I were alarmed, but that night we went to see L.I.E., and it was a revelation. The next morning we booked Michael. He’s a fantastic fit for the show.” Michael Cuesta became a regular director during the 2002 season of Six Feet Under… read more
Troubled by the reality of failure in the downward spiral of a middle-aged professional baggage handler, Roadie succeeds despite the heavy weight treatment we all know too well. Ron Eldard's emotional and physical toil is palpable, effective method proves importance of psychological baggage to propel this coming home story and cautionary tale - better plan for tomorrow or you'll have no tomorrow to plan for. "See-it"