Jim Cummings: There Is No Road

Jim Cummings

Jim Cummings

Jim Cummings’ short film Thunder Road is only twelve minutes long, but it’s an unexpected journey. In a single take, a police officer’s eulogy for his mother gives way to an oddly touching rendition of Bruce Springsteen’s classic anthem of the same name. The film won the Sundance Grand Jury Prize for Best Short Film last year. He recently wrapped up a successful Kickstarter project to turn it into a full-length feature.

Below, he shares a cornucopia of links to delight your eyes and ears.

Two essential quotes

“Wanderer, your footsteps are the road, and nothing more; wanderer, there is no road, the road is made by walking.” —Antonio Machado, Campos de Castilla

“You never regret doing the kind thing.” —Mom

Three things to listen to

The Vitamin String Quartet

Waking Up with Sam Harris

Mark Duplass’ keynote at SXSW 2015

Five short films you can (and should) stream online

Cycle by Caleb Wild

Yearbook by Bernardo Britto

A Family Portrait by Joseph Pierce

All Your Favorite Shows! by Ornana

Deer Squad: Scenery by Super Deluxe

One must-watch take

Steve Coogan as Alan Partridge singing in one long shot


A version of this piece originally appeared in our Handpicked Happening newsletter, where Kickstarter creators share their recommendations for things to read, watch, and listen to. 

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