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!
If you have not heard of Theo Jansen and his ongoing 20+ year project Strandbeest (Beach Animals), we would like to introduce you. These mystical moving creatures are kinetic sculptures the Dutch artist builds from PVC and move from mostly wind energy. Here is a black and white compilation he recently released of different sub species of the Strandbeest over the past two decades. #Breathtaking
A couple breaks up with each other via the use of 154 movie popular titles. Some funny moments in this one, mostly because of the general concept and its limitations. Acting-wise the waitress steals the show.
This short film kicks ass, and maybe you have already bit witness to it and its inevitable vitality, but it's too rad not to post on IndieStreet. We don't care that its budget seems astronomical, the creativity outweighs all. Enter Danny's mind and enjoy. #streetcreds
VFX software company, Red Giant, successfully features their own software while still creating an entertaining/comedic story. In this branded short film from 2012, a young filmmaker who obtains a mysterious device that unleashes the full force of cinema on his front lawn.
Just in case any of you on IndieStreet haven't seen Sofles-Limitless, here it is. Street Creds all around to the Ironlak team, photos from Selina Miles, and the talented street art of Sofles, Fintam Magee, Treas and Quench.
Easily one of IndieStreet's unanimously favorite films of 2013. This touching documentary from Zachary Heinzerling highlights a relationship masterpiece...the emotional connection to the narrative and invisibility of the camera work entrenches viewers into the love dynamics of these two unique artists.
We all must get older, and more times than not, the best memories we have were not when we were the most comfortable. The times of struggle bring about the most cherished human connections. Directed by Oscar winners TJ Martin and Dan Lindsay, this film is a beautiful tribute to TJ's grandparents and their love. Hard to not shed a tear during this short film of old photographs.