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!
Check out the latest documentary from our partner filmmaker Sean Dunne, free to screen, a compelling and hugely entertaining ride. Sean reflects on the doc, saying,"I really wanted Florida Man to open us up and gain permission from our audience to get loose and make films that aren’t necessarily about any one thing. In the process I feel like we made a film that is kind of about everything. We purposely set out to make a film that was hard to describe, a film that you have to experience, something that transcends the current confines of this beautiful medium. If viewers feel like they were there with us, like they were laughing with Florida Man, not at him, then we’ve done our job. Well-made documentaries, in my opinion, should leave you feeling introspective, not judgmental, not above the subject, but one with them. That’s what we were trying to accomplish with Florida Man."
20,000 Days On Earth is an inventive, lyrical ode to creativity and an intimate examination of the artistic process of musician and cultural icon Nick Cave. In their debut feature, directors Iain Forsyth & Jane Pollard fuse drama and documentary, weaving a staged day in Cave’s life with never-before-seen verité observation of his creative cycle. It features those who have affected his life, including wry tales from the road shared with his regular collaborator, the multi- instrumentalist Warren Ellis; actor and friend Ray Winstone; and Kylie Minogue, who shared a duet with Cave in the breakout hit "Where the Wild Roses Grow." These voices from the past revisit Cave in daydream-like scenes as he sits behind the wheel, driving through his adopted hometown of Brighton, England.
Neither a music documentary nor a concert film, 20,000 Days On Earth still contains electrifying performances. Audiences see a song grow from the tiniest of ideas to an epic performance at Sydney Opera House. Cave also opens up to a psychoanalyst as he discusses how his early years continue to inform his work, and journeys through his memories via mementos from his personal archive. This category-defying film pushes the form into new territory, exploring universal themes about artistry and celebrating the transformative power of the creative spirit.
"Endlessly Roaming We'll Glow" one of many solid lyrics from a song that we are happy we were turned onto in its youth. With only 234 hits on youtube when I saw it early this morning (2amEST), I'm happy to predict 100k plus for this new artist. (And the talented Sophie Locke will owe it all to IndieStreet's featured post!) Okay fine, it's just an awesome song and a fun music video. Street Creds to Ocean Calling for wielding some soul and adventure into an electronic-pop style. Follow Ocean Calling on twitter and Facebook, we know we will be waiting for more!
Sure stemming from Brooklyn seed gives us a bit of prejudice, but we would get behind this talented indie tribal pop duo even if they came from Mars. And their amazing EP is free on SoundCloud. Just trust us, you will be entranced.
Ben Kahn represents what IndieStreet loves to salute and expose in Indie music and Indie film. He has stayed away from the spot light (so far) while simply creating amazing music. London based producer/song writer/mystery man has blown us away with his hypnotically crafted sounds and the provocative entrancing mash-up of images of his music videos. Check out all 3 cuts to date on his youtube channel, and look for more from this brilliant off the radar musical beast.
In some sort of prophetic tribute to Daft Punk's Grammy wins, this month's Artist in the streetlight is Jagwar Ma. In our humble opinion, Jagwar Ma's next album (that may still just be a brainchild today) will take their 'fluid breakbeats and classic psychedelic effects' to new heights…IndieStreet predicts it to be in serious contention for a Grammy in 2015/2016 depending on release date… According to Ian Cohen (@en_cohen) from Pitchfork, "Howlin’ ensures everybody will be dancing, few will be doin' it right, but they'll all be feelin’ alright regardless." Off-beat happiness is what started daft punk on the path to greatness! 2013 album "Hustlin" on SpotifyBest Album Review we found: Pitchfork.com
A: With disgusting talent. Bryson Andres has blown up over the last year, but his heart still lies with the street. He says his favorite venue is to "perform on the streets where everyone can experience my music and just relax." Thanks Bryson for stayin' Indie and keeping it on the Street.
A coy animated short film about working life & self-reflection from Felix Massie ...The monotonic narrator coupled with the simplistic animated plot twists make the film a true original. Check out more from Felix Massie on his vimeo channel.
One of our favorite foreign dramas of the year, this gem from Australian director, Kim Mordaunt strikes all the chords. Astounding performances from two non-actor children from Laos lay the foundation for this beautiful coming of age tale.