June 15, 2018
Playing as part of Best of SIFF. Multitalented writer/director/star Jim Cummings gives a jaw-dropping performance filled with bursts of offbeat humor and unexpected pathos as a small-town police officer struggling to process the death of his mother, an impending divorce, and his own unrecognized cluelessness.
SIFF 2018 (Grand Jury Prize, New American Cinema)
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 favorite 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. Emotionally raw following the funeral, Officer Arnaud must deal with a whole series of real-world problems, including his daughter's inappropriate school behavior, an impending divorce and custody battle, what to do with his mother's dance studio, and a viral video that always seems to surface just at the wrong moment. As he struggles through these challenges, Arnaud does his best to remain cheerful, always striving for the positive, even when his own hapless antics cause him to falter. In this emotional and offbeat feature-length adaptation of his award-winning short film, director and star Jim Cummings gives a captivating performance, infusing both his flawed character and the film with a deep, abiding pathos.
Jim Cummings was a freelance line producer for 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 streaming company Fullscreen to shoot six more shorts. These shorts came to form the comedy series "Minutes".
- Director: Jim Cummings
- Principal Cast: Jim Cummings, Kendal Farr, Nican Robinson, Macon Blair, Chelsea Edmundson
- Country: USA
- Year: 2018
- Running Time: 90 minutes
- Producer: Natalie Metzger, Zack Parker, Benjamin Wiessner, Matt Miller
- Screenplay: Jim Cummings
- Cinematographers: Lowell A. Meyer
- Editors: Brian Vannucci, Jim Cummings
- Music: Jim Cummings, Danny Madden
- Filmography: No Floodwall Here (2010)
- Language: English