PODCAST: Winning Sundance & SXSW With Thunder Road Director Jim Cummings

This week, Jim Cummings – Director of THUNDER ROAD – joins me on the show to demystify the process behind his massive success in filmmaking over the past few years. Jim won Sundance in 2016 with his short version of Thunder Road, and went on to win SXSW in 2018 with his full length feature adaptation of the film.

Over the course of this hour long interview, Jim shares his creative process at length, touching on every key aspect – development, screenwriting, directing, performance, editorial, and even self-distribution. He also speaks passionatley about his biggest advice for filmmakers – just getting out there and making a movie – and the importance of building a sustainable career in today’s indie film landscape.

Check out Episode 54: Winning Sundance & SXSW With Thunder Road Director Jim Cummings

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Noam Kroll is an award-winning Los Angeles based filmmaker, and the founder of the boutique production house, Creative Rebellion. His work can be seen at international film festivals, on network television, and in various publications across the globe. Follow Noam on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook for more content like this!


  • B

    Thanks Noam. So inspiring, I love Jims attitude.

  • To get into any of the major film festivals you need to know someone who runs the festival. Trust me, an independent filmmaker with no connections WILL NOT get accepted into a major festival like Sundance or SXSW without some connections, no matter how good their film is.

    • It’s very very hard to, but it does happen. Many friends/colleagues of mine have screened at top tier festivals without connections.

  • Steven

    damn good episode. v inspiring in a way that makes you want to go out and make shit.

  • Kris

    Great episode. I think it’s a great when filmmakers go into their own failures. I think those are the biggest learning moments.


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