Jeff Nichols

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Jeff Nichols
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Nichols at San Francisco Indyfest 2008
Born (1978-12-07) December 7, 1978 (age 37)
Little Rock, Arkansas, USA
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 directed Shotgun Stories (2007), Take Shelter (2011), Mud (2012) and Midnight Special (2016). His next film is the upcoming drama film Loving, a film about the landmark U.S. civil rights court case Loving v. Virginia, and is scheduled to be released on November 4, 2016.

In his review of Midnight Special, Rolling Stone critic Peter Travers said "the Arkansas-born Nichols, 37, already ranks with the best American directors of his generation".[1]


2007's Shotgun Stories, Nichols' debut feature film starring Michael Shannon, was shot on a budget of only $250,000. Nichols moved into larger independent productions with 2011's Take Shelter, also starring Shannon, and 2012's Mud, starring Matthew McConaughey, which competed for the Palme d'Or at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. In 2012, he became the President of the Jury of the 7th Rome Film Festival.

His most recent film is the 2016 sci-fi drama film Midnight Special, which competed for the Golden Bear at the 66th Berlin International Film Festival.[2][3]

Style and influences[edit]

Nichols notes Mark Twain's influence on him.[4]

Personal life[edit]

He is the brother of Lucero guitarist and singer Ben Nichols.[5]


Year Film Credited as Notes Rotten Tomatoes Average Rating
Director Writer Producer
2007 Shotgun Stories Yes Yes Yes 91% 7.2/10
2011 Take Shelter Yes Yes 92% 8.1/10
2012 Mud Yes Yes 98% 8.0/10
2016 Midnight Special Yes Yes 84% 7.3/10
2016 Loving Yes Yes 93% 7.3/10
2016 In the Radiant City Yes


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