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JEFF NICHOLS, writer and director of Take Shelter, made his feature film debut as the writer and director of Shotgun Stories, which 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. Roger Ebert (Chicago Sun-Times) and David Edelstein (New York Magazine/NPR) included Shotgun Stories in their lists for Best Films of 2008. Additionally, Nichols directed the music video for Spoon's "Don't You Evah.ā€¯ The video, shot on location in Tokyo and produced by Wired Magazine, was named one of the top 10 viral videos of 2007 by Entertainment Weekly. Born and raised in Little Rock, Arkansas, Nichols is a graduate of the North Carolina School of the Arts, School of Filmmaking, and a current resident of Austin, Texas. He will next direct Mud, an original screenplay set on the Mississippi River, with Sarah Green and Aaron Ryder producing.


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