Thunder Road – by Jim Cummings
Officer Arnaud loved his mom... The 2016 Sundance short winner
10 – 15 | 2015 | Dark Comedy | Identity | Live-Action | USA
Jim Cummings is probably a man of few words. Or a communication genius. The official synopsis for Thunder Road states: The officer Arnaud loved his mother. No more words. The sense of this sentence is suspended even at the end of its 12 minutes, also after the ending titles. Thunder Road is an original and perfectly constructed short film, winner of the Grand Jury Prize at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival as well as the Special Jury Prize for Acting at 2016 South by Southwest. The fame of this work is certainly caused by the ability to generate an unsettling emotional ambivalence.
Officer Arnaud’s monologue is heartbreaking and hilarious at the same time. One scene, shot in a single continuous take, a monologue that finds its highest expression in the singing and choreographic performance of Bruce Springsteen’s song, the last tribute by officer Arnaud to his mother.
The success of the short film was unexpected for Jim too. Cummings dutifully ponied up $7,000 for limited rights to the song. But after he won Sundance, Sony requested $50,000 for a year if he wanted to put the film online. Instead, the director penned an open letter appealing to the Boss himself for the right to put the song in his film on Vimeo for free. The Springsteen-blessed letter worked.
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