At the recent Cannes Film Festival, University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA) School of Filmmaking alumnus Jeff Nichols achieved major filmmaker status by competing in the main competition (for the Palme d’Or) and garnering major press for his newest film, MUD, starring Matthew McConaughey and Reese Witherspoon.
Though it did not win, the film “is a surefire best picture nominee at next year's Oscars,” said Jason Solomons in the U.K.’s The Guardian.
Nichols noted that his first time at Cannes was in 2000, when he was studying at UNCSA and won an internship with Kodak at the American Pavilion. At the press conference, Nichols also painted an idyllic portrait of being one of the first graduates of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, which is now hard to get into . . . "It was the best thing that ever happened to us."
Most of Nichols’ crew is made up of his former UNCSA film school classmates. More.