Director Jeff Nichols (TOP LEFT, MIDDLE
RIGHT, BOTTOM LEFT) wrote and directed
Loving, which stars Joel Edgerton and
Ruth Negga as real-life couple Richard
and Mildred Loving.
WHY TEXAS FILM HALL OF FAME
INDUCTEE JEFF NICHOLS CALLS
AUSTIN HOME. BY KATHY BLACKWELL
Austin filmmaker Jeff Nichols is
coming off a big year, which saw the
release of both the sci-fi hit Midnight
Special and Loving, the story of the
interracial couple whose case ended
up in the Supreme Court. An Austin
Film Society grant recipient in '06,
Nichols is now one of the nonprofit's
honorees at March 9th's Texas Film
Awards, the star-studded AFS
fundraiser (afs.org). The writer and
director talked to Austin Way about
the city's role in his success.
On The Texas Film Hall of
Fame: "It's amazing to be a part of
this growing list of people they are
inducting, but also it's part of this
bigger conversation about nurtur-
ing film in Texas."
The local scene: "There's such a
great, growing group of filmmakers.
I don't often collaborate with
people on a page, but there's a lot of
collaboration when it comes to
getting breakfast tacos with my
Austin vs. LA: "I love not being in
LA; Austin is a very grounded
place to live, and that's what I need
as a storyteller."
On Best Actress Oscar nominee
Ruth Negga: "She was the first
person to audition. She doesn't look
like Mildred, but when she's
performing this role, she does."
Next project? "Basically 2017 will
be a year of writing. I've also
negotiated a deal with Fox to
remake Alien Nation. My idea
doesn't have much to do with the
original, but it's a cool landscape."
For more of the interview with Jeff
Nichols, go to austinway.com