Jeff Nichols

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Jeff Nichols
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Born (1978-12-07) December 7, 1978 (age 37)
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 directed Shotgun Stories (2007), Take Shelter (2011) and Mud (2012), all of which have received high praise from film critics.[1] His next film is the upcoming sci-fi chase movie Midnight Special, inspired by the movies of John Carpenter.[2]

Nichols has signed to write and direct Loving, a film about the landmark U.S. civil rights court case Loving v. Virginia. The film stars Joel Edgerton and Ruth Negga as Mildred and Richard Loving, and is scheduled to begin filming in September 2015.[3]


His 2012 film Mud competed for the Palme d'Or at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival.[4][5]

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

Style and influences[edit]

Nichols notes Mark Twain's influence on him.[6]

Personal life[edit]

He is the brother of Lucero guitarist and singer Ben Nichols.[7]


Year Film Credited as Notes
Director Writer Producer
2007 Shotgun Stories Yes Yes Yes
2011 Take Shelter Yes Yes
2012 Mud Yes Yes
2016 Midnight Special Yes Yes
2016 Loving Yes Yes


  1. ^ Smith, Nigel M. (September 28, 2011). "Interview | 'Take Shelter' Director Jeff Nichols on How to Make an Indie Epic". IndieWire. Retrieved September 28, 2011. 
  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. ^ Fleming Jr, Mike (8 May 2015). "Joel Edgerton & Ruth Negga To Star In ‘Loving’, Next Pic From ‘Mud’ Helmer Jeff Nichols". Retrieved 1 June 2015. 
  4. ^ "2012 Official Selection". Cannes. Retrieved April 19, 2012. 
  5. ^ "Cannes Film Festival 2012 line-up announced". Time Out. Retrieved April 19, 2012. 
  6. ^ Leffler, Rebecca (May 26, 2012). "Cannes 2012: Jeff Nichols' 'Mud' Slides into Competition with Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon". The Hollywood Reporter. 
  7. ^ 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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