Director: Jim Cummings
Section: World Cinema
Country: USA | Year: 2018
Language(s): English | Time: 92 mins
As Thunder Road opens, we meet Officer Jim Arnaud, preparing to address the mourners at his beloved mother’s memorial service. However, his eulogy doesn’t go quite as rehearsed. He’s continually on the verge of tears, of course, but also keeps making bizarre, confessional digressions, and, worst of all, his 10-year-old daughter's pink boombox won't play his mother’s favourite Bruce Springsteen song. This scene sets the tone for the narrative that follows — a singular blend of cringe-inducing laughs punctuated by moments of profound sentiment.
Jim Cummings was a freelance line producer for a comedy website until he transitioned into filmmaking full-time. After his short film, Thunder Road, won the Grand Jury Prize at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival, he landed a subscription deal with a streaming company, Fullscreen, to shoot six more shorts. He also plays the lead star in Thunder Road.