Sunday, November 18, 2012

Monday To-Do: 'An Evening with Jeff Nichols'

Posted By on Sun, Nov 18, 2012 at 1:52 PM

Jeff Nichols speaks at Trinity United Methodist Church Monday.
  • Jeff Nichols speaks at Trinity United Methodist Church Monday.

7 p.m., Trinity United Methodist Church. Free.

How's this for glamour? Little Rock filmmaker Jeff Nichols is flying to Little Rock from Rome, where he's presiding over the jury at the Rome Film Festival.

He's coming to his hometown instead of Austin, where he now lives, because his mom, Joan Nichols, asked him to speak at her church as part of its regular Trinity Presents Performance Series. The program will cover the arc of his career, with Nichols talking about how he got into film and how he came to make his three highly regarded features — "Shotgun Stories," "Take Shelter" and "Mud."

There'll be clips of each shown. I'm moderating the discussion, which should be mandatory for aspiring filmmakers. No one in Arkansas and few in the broader film world have received the sort of critical praise Nichols has at such a young age (he's 33).

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