Jim Mickle

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Jim Mickle
Born 1979 (age 34–35)
Pottstown, Pennsylvania, United States
Occupation Film director
Years active 2006 – present

Jim Mickle (born 1979)[1] is an American film director known for such films as Mulberry Street and Stake Land.

Early life[edit]

Jim Mickle was born in Pottstown, Pennsylvania in 1979.[1][2] Mickle was inspired to become director after he saw Army of Darkness.[1] He attended New York University and graduated in 2002. He worked as a production assistant and grip on a series of films by first-time directors who had not gone to film school. The experiences were frustrating for him, and he described the films as vanity projects.[3] Mickle prefers directing and editing to writing, and he is attracted to the flexibility and intensity of horror films.[4]


Mickle and Nick Damici met while working on a student thesis film in 2001. While there, they came up with the idea for a zombie film. This concept eventually morphed into their first collaboration, Mulberry Street, a horror film about gentrification in New York City.[3] Mickle's second film, Stake Land, was a New York Times Critics' Pick.[5] His 2013 film We Are What We Are was screened at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival[6] and in the Directors' Fortnight section at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival.[7] He has signed on to direct the film adaptation of Joe R. Lansdale's novel Cold in July, in which Michael C. Hall will star.[8][9]


Year Organization Award
2007 Toronto After Dark Film Festival After Dark Spirit Award[10]
2007 Amsterdam Fantastic Film Festival Special mention[11]
2010 Toronto International Film Festival People's Choice Award[12]
2011 Neuchâtel International Fantasy Film Festival Special mention[13]


Title Year Metacritic Rotten Tomatoes
Mulberry Street 2006 N/A 70%[14]
Stake Land 2010 66/100[15] 75%[16]
We Are What We Are 2013 69/100[17] 87%[18]
Cold in July 2014 N/A 90%[19]


  1. ^ a b c Brown, Todd (August 17, 2010). "The New American Horror: Jim Mickle". Twitch Film. Retrieved January 19, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Last chance to see horror of 'Mulberry Street'". Pottstown Mercury. December 6, 2011. Retrieved January 19, 2014. 
  3. ^ a b Kipp, Jeremiah (March 27, 2008). "Nightmare on Mulberry Street: An Interview with Writer-Director Jim Mickle and Co-Writer-Actor Nick Damici". Slant Magazine. Retrieved January 19, 2014. 
  4. ^ Patterson, Cleaver (June 17, 2011). "Interview: Jim Mickle, Director of STAKE LAND". Retrieved January 19, 2014. 
  5. ^ Catsoulis, Jeannette (April 21, 2011). "Bringing on the Vampires in 'Stake Land'". The New York Times. Retrieved January 19, 2014. 
  6. ^ "We Are What We Are". Sundance Film Festival. May 25, 2013. Retrieved May 25, 2013. 
  7. ^ "List of films in Cannes Directors' Fortnight". Cannes.fr. May 25, 2013. Retrieved May 25, 2013. 
  8. ^ Golden, Grant (May 31, 2013). "Michael C. Hall Signs on for Film Adaptation of Cold In July". Paste. Retrieved January 19, 2014. 
  9. ^ Fleming, Mike (May 19, 2013). "Cannes: Backup Media, Memento Bring Heat To Fest Helmer Jim Mickle’s ‘Cold In July’". Deadline.com. Retrieved January 19, 2014. 
  10. ^ "Toronto After Dark Festival". TorontoAfterDark.com. Retrieved January 19, 2014. 
  11. ^ "Black Tulip Award opnieuw naar Noorse film". Trouw (in Dutch). April 25, 2007. Retrieved January 19, 2014. 
  12. ^ Voris, Robert (February 17, 2011). "IFC Midnight stakes a claim on 'Stake Land'". Variety. Retrieved January 19, 2014. 
  13. ^ "NIFFF Palmarès 2011". nifff.ch. Retrieved January 19, 2014. 
  14. ^ "Mulberry Street". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved January 19, 2014. 
  15. ^ "Stake Land". Metacritic. Retrieved January 19, 2014. 
  16. ^ "Stake Land". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved January 19, 2014. 
  17. ^ "We Are What We Are". Metacritic. Retrieved January 19, 2014. 
  18. ^ "We Are What We Are". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved January 19, 2014. 
  19. ^ http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/cold_in_july_2014/

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