Jeff Nichols is an American writer, and a film director. Jeff was born on 7 December in the year 1978 in Little Rock, Arkansas in the USA. Nichols is the brother of Lucero and Ben Nichols.
Jeff was interested in making films. He admired to make movies. He attended University of North Carolina School Of Arts to study filmmaking. After completing his degree on filmmaking, he directed films. In 2007, Nichols directed and wrote 'Shotgun Stories'. The film starred Barlow Jacobs,
Michael Shannon, and Glenda Pannell. The story was about a fight between half-brothers specifying the death of their dad in the rural area, Arkansas. It received the positive response from critics and appreciated. In 2011, he directed and written '
Take Shelter'. He cast
Katy Mixon, Kathy Baker, Shea Whigham,
Jessica Chastain and Michael Shannon. It is a thriller film based on the story of a father and a young husband who questions themselves that whether they should protect their family from a storm or by himself. This film nominated as Best Horror Film for four Saturn Awards. Nichols won the award for best writing. On Rotten Tomatoes, it has 91% rating.
In 2012, Nichols came up with another one titled as 'Mud'. The stars were Tye Sheridan, Sam Shepard,
Matthew McConaughey, and
Reese Witherspoon. It competed at the Cannes Film Festival 2012 for the Palme d’Or. It had exhibited at the Sundance Festival. The box office got the limited response in the first few days but after some days, it earned more than four million dollars. This film grabbed numerous awards. It bagged Robert Altman Award for the casting director and film director at the 29thIndependent Spirit Awards. The National Board of Review nominated this movie as the top ten movies in the year 2013. In the year 2012, he became the President of the Jury at the seventh Rome Film Festival.
In 2016, Nichols directed and wrote '
Midnight Special'. He featured
Joel Edgerton, Michael Shannon, Sam Shepard,
Kirsten Dunst, and Jaeden Lieberher. It was his first studio production. It selected to compete at the 66th Berlin International Film Festival for the Golden Bear. It collected positive reviews from critics.
Nichols next film '
Loving' will release on 4 November 2016. It is about the court case on historical U.S civil rights.
A critic Peter Travers from a magazine, Rolling Stone said that Nichols is the best American director.