| Film director|
| December 7, 1978 (age 37) (1978-12-07) Little Rock, Arkansas, U.S.|
Film director, screenwriter
University of North Carolina School of the Arts
Independent Spirit Robert Altman Award
Mud, Take Shelter, Midnight Special, Shotgun Stories, Loving
Michael Shannon, Tye Sheridan, Matthew McConaughey, Jacob Lofland, Reese Witherspoon
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). Most recently, he directed the drama Loving, a film about the landmark U.S. civil rights court case Loving v. Virginia, which was 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".
Nichols studied film-making at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. He wrote his first screenplay, Shotgun Stories, with actor Michael Shannon in mind to play the lead, and contacted the actor though a former teacher. 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 2016 sci-fi drama film Midnight Special competed for the Golden Bear at the 66th Berlin International Film Festival.
Nichols notes Mark Twain's influence on him.
Nichols was born in Little Rock, Arkansas. He is the brother of Lucero guitarist and singer Ben Nichols.
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