Making the World's Best Film Is No Cakewalk

Making the World's Best Film Is No Cakewalk

Writer, director and star, Jim Cummings only wanted to share his short film “Thunder Road” with the world. He put in his savings, sold off jewelry and had to haggle with the biggest rock star in the world. In the end it was totally worth it.





The film unexpectedly got into Sundance, and won the Grand Jury Prize for Best Short Film. The 11 minute short shows a young man who decides to evoke The Boss while eulogizing his mom at her funeral.



Cummings had to resort to a public campaign to get Springsteen to sign off on using his songs in the film. The Boss (or rather, his machinery) yielded at last. By the way, Cummings also sold off his and his divorced wife's wedding rings to raise money for the shoot. And his own — very much alive — mother helped out. You can watch a documentary on the making of the film below.



The work is an excellent example of a game-changing effort that makes a star. Cummings is hot property right now as an actor and director, signed on with top-tier agency WME, appearing in a recent episode of Hulu’s Casual. He was also recently commissioned to direct six more one-shot shorts for a total budget of $150,000. Seems his efforts have paid off, and in a very big way!
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