Standing inside the Rave Theater on Colonel Glenn in Little Rock, Director Jeff Nichols is answering a few media questions and preparing for the advanced screening of his new movie, “Take Shelter,” which opens in theaters around Arkansas on October 28, 2011.
“Take Shelter,” starring Michael Shannon, won the Critics Week Grand Prize and Society of Auteurs and Dramatic Composers (SACD) Award at this year’s Cannes Film Festival and was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance.
In what was called a standing room only performance by theater officials, the advanced screening, of “Take Shelter” held on September 18, at 6p.m. at Rave Cinemas, was sponsored by Sony Pictures Classic and hosted by the Arkansas Film Commission, a division of the Arkansas Economic Development Commission, along with the Little Rock Film Festival and the Little Rock Film Commission of the Greater Little Rock Chamber of Commerce.
By anyone’s standards, it was a tremendous success.
Nichols told the Free Press in a one on one interview at the Rave that he was excited and looking forward to his next film project.
Following the screening, this extremely handsome, sparkling blue eyed Arkansas native, will begin preparations for his next feature, a major motion picture, called “Mud.” This coming of age drama, coming from the heart of the Delta, will star Matthew McConaughey and Reese Witherspoon. It centers on two 14-year old boys who encounter a fugitive named Mud on an island in the Mississippi River.
Walking down the theater aisle, packed with a celebrity crowd of supporters, Nichols is happy. Calm. He seems at home in his new found success and eager to begin work on “Mud.”
Nichols, hard at work, will barely have time to celebrate the success of “Take Shelter,“ before he begins work on Mud, which will be his third major feature film.
Arkansas Free Press extends a heart felt congratulations to Nichols, not only for the success of “Take Shelter,” but for his upcoming picture “Mud.”