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Jeff Nichols is a member of the Texas Film Hall of Fame. He has written and directed the award-winning films Shotgun Stories (2007), Take Shelter (2011), Mud (2012), Midnight Special (2016), and Loving (2016), about Richard and Mildred Loving, the couple who effectively invalidated laws against interracial marriage with a landmark 1967 Supreme Court decision.
Loving won the 2016 PEN Literary Award for Screenplay, and is nominated for the 2017 Writers Guild of America Award for Best Original Screenplay, and the Film Independent Spirit Award for Best Director. Loving stars Ruth Negga and Joel Edgerton were Golden Globe Award nominees for Best Actor and Best Actress in a Motion Picture. Ruth Negga is nominated for the Oscar for Best Actress.
Jeff’s first feature-length film, Shotgun Stories earned the Grand Jury Prize at the Seattle and Austin Film Festivals; and the International Jury Prize at the Venice International Film Festival, and a Film Independent Spirit Awards nomination.
Take Shelter took multiple honors at the Cannes International Film Festival, including the Critics Week Grand Prize; it was also nominated for five Film Independent Spirit Awards.
Jeff was a Spirit Awards nominee for his direction of Mud, and the cast of Mud shared the Spirit Awards’ Robert Altman Award. The film became one of the highest-grossing independent films of the year.
Midnight Special won Best Narrative Feature at the Sarasota Film Festival, and was nominated for the Berlin International Film Festival Golden Berlin Bear Award; the Austin Film Award; and the Phoenix Critics Circle PCC Award.
Jeff is from Little Rock, Arkansas and is a graduate of the University of North Carolina School of Filmmaking. He lives in Austin, Texas.