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!
Despot is a rapper from Queens, NY who has been kind of harassed about how long it is taking him to put out his debut solo album. Indie Street is here to defend this beast of a lyricist. It has been a decade since he was signed by Definitive Jux, and Despot continues to grow his fan base with appearances and killer hip hop singles like Look Alive and House Full of Bricks. year in and year out. Indie Street salutes the perfectionist approach, and will be ready to rep the album whether it drops in 2014 or 2041. No one hates on that dude who directed Titanic when it takes him 10 years to drop his next blockbuster. Stay the course Despot, James Cameron type bankroll is in your future. You can follow him on Facebook here.
"The Heat" is a short documentary about Heather "The Heat" Hardy, a single mother and professional boxer who was displaced by Hurricane Sandy. Heather uses fighting to provide a living for her and her daughter, Annie, while simultaneously pushing the sport of women's boxing into the mainstream.
When statistician John Wilkins is sucked out of a plane at 43000 feet, he calculates that he has exactly 3 minutes and 48 seconds before he hits the ground. Director Campbell Hooper brings us some candid and stylistically filmed advice in this Indie short which we discovered via "Short of the Week". who always come correct with some great curation to the world of short film!
Kyle Lambert has created such a photo realistic portrait with his fingers, that the video is needed to truly appreciate his artistic process. This UK based artist used only an IPad, his fingers and the ProCreate app.
Dexter star Michael C. Hall hits the big screen with a modest mullet and an amazing supporting cast (Don Johnson, Sam Shepard, Vinessa Shaw). This first trailer comes off as being just a thriller, but this film is far more than that. Director Jim Mickle creates jarringly smooth transitions from disturbing suspense to laugh out loud comedic moments that will make you question your own sanity. Not sure how a transition could be jarring and smooth, or how you could laugh seconds after being horrifically disturbed? Neither were we until we saw this film, and for that we give Cold in July a big fat 5/5 stars.
If nothing else, Tuesday is a day for respecting some good comedy. Enter Archer's "Danger Zone" of comedic one liners in this youtube supercut compilation. "This is like O Henry and Alanis Morissette had a baby and called it this exact situation!"
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.