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Starring and Directed by Jim Cummings
Jim Cummings is an independent filmmaker, writer, and director that is working to find new ways to connect to audiences. Jim has proven to be an action oriented thought leader, mentoring with Sundance Institute’s Collab and founding the Short to Feature Lab. He has been giving speeches at places like SXSW since 2014 and doing articles with Filmmaker Magazine and Ted Hope’s Hope For Film about the state of independent cinema, and what comes next. He is also known for ranting on Twitter and trying to convert filmmakers at film festival happy hours.
From the Sundance-winning short film, Thunder Road follows officer Arnaud on a journey to raise his young daughter as a love letter to his late mom. A tragicomic portrait of a failing authority figure in the American South, the film will have you laughing and crying, often at the same time. Winner of the SXSW Grand Jury Prize.
Cummings is a born filmmaker who plants seedlings of raw drama that sprout in unexpected and moving ways --Variety
It walks so many fine lines between comedy and drama that the balancing act is exhilarating to watch --Roger Ebert.com
Cummings, who also wrote and directed the film, has delivered a remarkable tragicomic performance in the lead --The A.V Club
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On a technical level, this movie is beautifully shot. I heard that it was made for around $190,000. I've seen movies with 10 times that budget that didn't look this good.-
Lastly, all of the long takes really add a sense of purpose to every scene, really letting you marinate in the emotion of the moment on screen. This movie is quite ambitious (for what I believe is a first feature?) and it really shows. You can really tell this movie was made by someone who really knew what they were doing and knew very well what they wanted to get across with each screen. The movie moves along at a brisk, refreshing pace, giving you purposeful bits of information in every scene with as little as a characters facial expression. You really feel like you're along for every moment of this journey with this guy.
I really loved the scene in the classroom with the parent teacher conference. Very realistic. Little touches like that with the desk, really added a nice extra layer, a little extra TLC. It would have been so easy to go the typical overreaction route, but his unique reaction really added something new to the scene and made the payoff all that more meaningful. (those that have seen it will know)
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