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Thursday, January 13, 2011

Jeff Nichols talks 'Take Shelter'

Posted By on Thu, Jan 13, 2011 at 3:11 PM

Michael Shannon in Take Shelter
  • Michael Shannon in 'Take Shelter'

Little Rock director Jeff Nichols talked to IndieWire in advance of Sundance about inspiration, influences and future projects (he's planning on shooting on the Mississippi next year).

Here he offers his initial vision for "Take Shelter":

I had the image of a man standing over an old storm shelter in his backyard. That, combined with a free-floating anxiety that the world was heading for a rough patch, was the creative impulse to begin fleshing out this story. However, it wasn’t until I began writing the script that I realized I wasn’t simply making a film about anxiety, but I was actually making a film about marriage and commitment. I realized anxiety is born out of having something to lose.

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