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Interview: Jim Cummings Thunder Road


Interview: Jim Cummings – Thunder Road

Interview: Jim Cummings – Thunder Road

He first came to our attention as one of the producers on Patrick Wang’s The Grief of Others and Trey Edward Shults’ Krisha, but it’s with his Grand Jury Prize winning Sundance short Thunder Road where Jim Cummings firmly becomes his own “boss.” Fast-forward to a successful Kickstarter campaign for the feature film version, the producer-director-writer-actor would commence shooting in November, win the Grand Jury prize at SXSW in March and would move onto France for the international premiere in the ACID section at the Cannes Film Festival. While not necessarily issue-oriented but there contains a subtext that this acerbic dramedy is a pleasant shapeshifter in terms of tone with several unexpected emotional state of mind resting places for it’s protagonist. I had the chance to sit down with Jim for a lengthy chat on the differences between the short and feature in terms of tone, discuss the attributes of the character at hand, the challenges of writing comedy and his future projects.

Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist and critic at (founded in 2000). Eric is a regular at Sundance, Cannes and TIFF. He has a BFA in Film Studies at the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013 he served as a Narrative Competition Jury Member at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson's This Teacher (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022 he served as a New Flesh Comp for Best First Feature at the 2022 Fantasia Intl. Film Festival. Current top films for 2022 include Tár (Todd Field), All That Breathes (Shaunak Sen), Aftersun (Charlotte Wells).

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