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Jeff Nichols

Jeff Nichols
Born (1978-12-07) December 7, 1978
Little Rock, Arkansas, U.S.
Occupation Film director, screenwriter
Years active 2006–present

Jeff Nichols (born December 7, 1978) is an American film director and screenwriter from Little Rock, Arkansas. He studied filmmaking at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. Nichols has filmed Shotgun Stories (2007), Take Shelter (2011) and Mud (2012), all of which have received high praise from film critics.[1]

Nichols is currently in post-production on the sci-fi chase film Midnight Special, inspired by the movies of John Carpenter.[2]


His 2012 film Mud competed for the Palme d'Or at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival.[3][4]

In 2012, he was the President of the Jury of the 7th Rome Film Festival.

Style and influences

Nichols notes Mark Twain's influence on him.[5]

Personal life

He is the brother of Lucero guitarist and singer Ben Nichols.[6]


Year Film Credited as Notes
Director Writer Producer
2007 Shotgun Stories Yes Yes Yes
2011 Take Shelter Yes Yes
2012 Mud Yes Yes
2015 Midnight Special Yes Yes


  1. ^ Smith, Nigel M. (September 28, 2011). "Interview | 'Take Shelter' Director Jeff Nichols on How to Make an Indie Epic".  
  2. ^ "'"Jeff Nichols, The Director Of 'Mud,' Talks About His New Sci-Fi Movie, 'Midnight Special. MTV. August 7, 2013. Retrieved August 10, 2013. 
  3. ^ "2012 Official Selection". Cannes. Retrieved April 19, 2012. 
  4. ^ "Cannes Film Festival 2012 line-up announced".  
  5. ^ Leffler, Rebecca (May 26, 2012). "Cannes 2012: Jeff Nichols' 'Mud' Slides into Competition with Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon".  
  6. ^ Coyle, Jake (April 17, 2013). "'"With Twain in mind, director Jeff Nichols plumbs the depths of love in 'Mud. The Winnipeg Free Press. Retrieved May 31, 2013. 

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