JEFF NICHOLS (Director/Writer) previously wrote and directed the internationally acclaimed features Shotgun Stories, Take Shelter, Mud, and Midnight Special.
Shotgun Stories earned an Independent Spirit Award nomination; the Grand Jury Prize at the Seattle and Austin Film Festivals; and the International Jury Prize at the 2007 Venice International Film Festival.
Following a 2011 Sundance Film Festival premiere, Take Shelter took multiple honors at the Cannes International Film Festival, including the Critics Week Grand Prize; it was later nominated for five Independent Spirit Awards.
Mr. Nichols was again a Spirit Award nominee for his direction of the 2013 release Mud, which world-premiered at the Cannes International Film Festival and became one of the highest-grossing independent films of the year. The cast of Mud shared the Spirits’ Robert Altman Award.
In February 2016, Midnight Special world-premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival.
Born and raised in Little Rock, Arkansas, Mr. Nichols is a graduate of the North Carolina School of the Arts’ School of Filmmaking. He currently resides in Austin, Texas.
Both Edgerton and Negga are beyond extraordinary.
Joel Edgerton as Richard and Ruth Negga as Mildred give performances that will be talked about for years.
“Jeff’s script is so beautifully written. This is a story that gets into your heart and touches deep wells of feeling. ”
Ruth Negga: remember the name. It's been a long time since an actor/actress has me so unapologetically in the bag. This woman is something special...
They weren’t martyrs, and didn’t want to be. They weren’t symbols, and didn’t want to be. They were two people in love who wanted to be with each other and their family.