Jeff Nichols

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Mud is an adventure about two boys, Ellis and his friend Neckbone, who find a man named Mud hiding out on an island in the Mississippi. Mud describes fantastic scenarios—he killed a man in Texas and vengeful bounty hunters are coming to get him. He says he is planning to meet and escape with the love of his life, Juniper, who is waiting for him in town. Skeptical but intrigued, Ellis and Neckbone agree to help him. It isn’t long until Mud’s visions come true and their small town is besieged by a beautiful girl with a line of bounty hunters in tow.



JEFF NICHOLS made his feature film debut as the writer and director of Shotgun Stories in 2007, and his second film, Take Shelter, was released in 2011.

Shotgun Stories premiered at the Berlin Film Festival in 2007, and was released theatrically in the United States in March 2008. It was nominated for a 2008 Independent Spirit Award, won the Grand Jury Prize for New American Cinema at the Seattle International Film Festival, won the Grand Jury Prize at the Austin Film Festival, and won the FIPRESCI International Jury Prize at the 2007 Viennale.

Take Shelter premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2011 and was released theatrically in the United States in September 2011. It won the Critics Week Grand Prize, the FIPRESCI award, and the SACD Award for Best Feature at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival. Take Shelter was nominated for five 2012 Film Independent Spirit Awards including: Best Feature, Best Director, Best Male Lead (Michael Shannon) and Best Supporting Female (Jessica Chastain).

Mud, Nichols’ third and latest film, recently premiered in main competition at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival.

Born and raised in Little Rock, Arkansas, Nichols is a graduate of the North Carolina School of the Arts, School of Filmmaking, and is a current resident of Austin, Texas.

RECIPIENT: Robert Altman Award