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.” 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 for 2008. Ian got his start at Stanford University, receiving the Golden Medal for writing and directing.
McCrudden has directed nine feature films including Cowboys & Indians, Äntligen Midsommar - A Swedish Midsummer Comedy starring Luke Perry, Anita O' Day - The Life of A Jazz Singer, Islander, The Things We Carry, Trespassers, The Big Day and more. 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, his debut album Start Over was released worldwide in March 2007, followed by his second album Dream Anyway in November 2010.