When you're a 34-year-old screenwriter and director, chances are you're doing something right when Sam Shepard says you've written one of the best scripts he's seen "in a long, long time" and agrees to appear in your independent film (alongside a couple of actors named Matthew McConaughey and Reese Witherspoon). When that film premiers at Cannes and draws rave reviews on both sides of the Atlantic . . . well, you know you're doing something right.
So who's behind all this? A modest man from Little Rock who insisted on filming his third film in Arkansas. His name is Jeff Nichols. We like him. So will you.
The Oxford American & SoLost got exclusive access to the set of his new film Mud and found out more about this talented filmmaker. Join us, won't you?