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]


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.


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


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)


  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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