Jim Mickle

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Jim Mickle
Jim Mickle (cropped).jpg
Born 1979 (age 38–39)
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, Stake Land, We Are What We Are and Cold in July. He also co-developed the SundanceTV series Hap and Leonard.

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]

Career[edit]

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 directed the film adaptation of Joe R. Lansdale's novel Cold in July, in which Michael C. Hall starred,[8][9] and is currently working on Esperanza, the story of a fatal wildfire in southern California, adapted by Sean O'Keefe from a book by John N. Maclean.[10] In 2016 Mickle & Damici developed the TV series Hap and Leonard, based on Joe R. Lansdale's novels, with Mickle directing four out of six episodes.

Awards[edit]

Year Organization Award
2007 Toronto After Dark Film Festival After Dark Spirit Award[11]
2007 Amsterdam Fantastic Film Festival Special mention[12]
2010 Toronto International Film Festival People's Choice Award[13]
2011 Neuchâtel International Fantasy Film Festival Special mention[14]
2014 Sitges Film Festival Best director in Official Fantàstic Òrbita Category Awards for Cold in July

Filmography[edit]

As Director[edit]

Title Year Metacritic Rotten Tomatoes Notes
Mulberry Street 2006 N/A 70%[15]
Stake Land 2010 66/100[16] 75%[17]
We Are What We Are 2013 69/100[18] 85%[19]
Cold in July 2014 73/100 85%[20]
Hap and Leonard 2016 73/100 87% [21] TV Series Season 1 (4 episodes)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Brown, Todd (August 17, 2010). "The New American Horror: Jim Mickle". Twitch Film. Archived from the original on February 3, 2014. 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. Archived from the original on September 22, 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. ^ "Jim Mickle To Direct Wildfire Drama Esperanza For Legendary". Retrieved January 19, 2014. 
  11. ^ "Toronto After Dark Festival". TorontoAfterDark.com. Archived from the original on February 2, 2014. Retrieved January 19, 2014. 
  12. ^ "Black Tulip Award opnieuw naar Noorse film". Trouw (in Dutch). April 25, 2007. Retrieved January 19, 2014. 
  13. ^ Voris, Robert (February 17, 2011). "IFC Midnight stakes a claim on 'Stake Land'". Variety. Retrieved January 19, 2014. 
  14. ^ "NIFFF Palmarès 2011". nifff.ch. Retrieved January 19, 2014. 
  15. ^ "Mulberry Street". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved January 19, 2014. 
  16. ^ "Stake Land". Metacritic. Retrieved January 19, 2014. 
  17. ^ "Stake Land". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved January 19, 2014. 
  18. ^ "We Are What We Are". Metacritic. Retrieved January 19, 2014. 
  19. ^ "We Are What We Are". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved January 19, 2014. 
  20. ^ http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/cold_in_july_2014/
  21. ^ https://www.rottentomatoes.com/tv/hap_and_leonard/

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