Winner of the Grand Jury Prize for Best Short Film at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival along with a slew of other awards, including the first ever Jury Prize for Best Narrative Short at our very own Indie Street Film Festival, Jim Cummings’ short “Thunder Road” has earned an impressive reputation. A cleverly directed and produced continuous one-shot film starring Cummings as an uptight cop at his own mother’s funeral, "Thunder Road" also stars a rather memorable eulogy involving one rather popular Springsteen song you won't soon forget. Perfectly executed from its sobering beginning to its hilarious yet touching finale, this a short film that balances both a tragic and comedic air so well that it seems to mesh into a completely new genre by the end. Outside of all its festival wins, “Thunder Road” also gained recognition online when Cummings was granted digital rights to the Bruce Springsteen song of the same name, after he put out an open letter to the musical icon and record label that circulated the internet. Why did he do this? Simply to be able to release the film on Vimeo - for free to the public! And this is what he did. Today. So, now we can all enjoy this perfectly paced eulogy as it all goes to pieces and evolves into one of the greatest dance scenes ever committed to a short film. A personal favorite of all of us over at Indie Street, we can’t recommend “Thunder Road” enough. Bill Augustin, ISFF Programming Director, stated: "Told in a single take, on the surface "Thunder Road" could be written off as a simple short more akin to a one act play than an award-worthy film. However, the emotional journey Jim Cummings takes us on through his mesmerizing performance and ultra-focused direction allows this pitch black comedy to transcend its simple concept. It was no surprise to us on the ISFF staff when the esteemed jury chose to honor it with the award for best narrative short." "Thunder Road” is now available to watch on Vimeo for free here! Give this clever, ridiculous and moving short a watch (or 2 or 3) and then spread the love and share it with everyone you know!
Voyager 1 and 2 were sent out into space in 1977, and were the first space craft to exit our solar system. NASA attached a record with photos that will not reach any other star for more than 40,000 years. If the human race is still in existence, imagine how obselete these photos might actually be if they ever were to reach another alien species!
This hilarious short comedy "What a Nice Party" puts a dry twist on those awkward ice-breaking social situations. Writer/Director Matt Ingebretson hit all the right beats with this one, including the party hosts wifi password: "Dickslit27". Looks like anyone who reads this may be able to hack any accounts we set up from here on out. Thanks for that Matt. Follow Matt here on Twitter: funny shit. @mattingebretson
Why is it a "Must See"? Jimmy Chin and Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi's documentary won the U.S. Audience Award for Documentary at Sundance thanks to its exhilarating first-person account of three mountain climbers who set out to conquer the most treacherous and dangerous mountain peak in the world. Aptly named the "Shark's Fin," the peak of Mt. Meru has served as an obsession and unattainable goal for renowned alpinists Conrad Anker, Jimmy Chin and Renan Ozturk. After their failed attempt to reach the top of Meru in 2008, the three climbers returned to their respective homes, defeated and still tempted to conquer Shark's Fin. In 2011, Anker convinced his two fellow climbers to attempt the deathly journey once more. "Meru" thus serves as the culmination and documentation of their death-defying and extraordinary second attempt.
The Paris/Montreal filmmaker collective DentDeCuir is known for some pretty outlandish, creative material. She’s Bad would be right up there at the top with the best of them. The story, special effects, and stylized look of the film, coupled with the electronic sounds of the DyE feat. Egyptian Lover soundtrack, make this film fall within its own unique genre. It’s part music video, part video art, part romantic drama and thriller. Using animalistic imagery, vibes, and movements, we see predator and prey told through the lens of woman meets man. Every action and thought uses special effects to project how closely innate human feelings resemble the actions of animals going off of instinct. It’s like watching a Nat Geo nature show, on drugs, projected onto the skin of these two lustful individuals. There’s really nothing else out there like it.Loads of street creds to Dent De Cuir for being borderline innapropriate, and over the line innovative!
Here's a short documentary portrait on a innovative designer who has created a low cost solution to landmine clearance, captured by director Callum Cooper. Massoud Hassani's Mine Kafon is a wind-propelled sphere made from bamboo and biodegradable plastic that can be used to clear landmines. When designer Massoud Hassani was growing up in Kabul, Afghanistan, there were several wars raging on nearby. He and his brother would play on the deserted fields making their own rolling toys with scarp materials but sometimes the objects would roll dangerously close to the landmines. This intense childhood experience inspired Hassani's design work, and the Mine Kafon is the result. This lifesaving design has been shortlisted as a finalist in for the 2013 INDEX: Award. This short documentary finished in one of the top spots for the GE FOCUS FORWARD Filmmaker Competition.
"Might be one of the greatest things the intertnet has ever produced" is one of the many 80s action loving comments on the youtube page, and we must say it's not that easy to argue. If you are a product of the 80s or an 80's action film lover, look no further for the perfect parody. Kung Fury is non stop, perfectly timed, over-the-top, Kung-Fu-super-cop, one liner heaven. Enjoy. We thank Laser Unicorns for this wonderful flic, and if you are in the San Diego area, you can the Kung Fury folks will be visiting comicon on July 10th!