The poster for "Mud," which opens in theaters April.
Arkansas native Jeff Nichols, whose films include "Take Shelter" and "Shotgun Stories," will receive the "Emerging Master" award next month at the RiverRun International Film Festival in Winston-Salem, N.C.
According to the Winston-Salem Journal, Nichols will receive the award following a screening of his latest film, "Mud," a drama starring Matthew McConaughey and Reese Witherspoon.
Nichols filmed "Mud" in and around Stuttgart and Dumas in late 2011. The shoot caused a bit of a buzz, with Witherspoon sightings at the Dumas Dollar General Store and Little Rock's Cafe Bossa Nova restaurant.
The film also features the work of other Arkansans, including Mary Ellen Hunthrop of Stuttgart, who was Witherspoon's stunt double, and then 15-year-old Jacob Lofland of Yell County, who plays "Neckbone."
Written and directed by Nichols, "Mud" is the story of two 14-year old boys who encounter a fugitive (McConaughey) who needs help in escaping capture and assistance in rekindling an old romance, the former girlfriend is played by Witherspoon.
The film opens April 26.
- Six Walton Family Members Make Forbes Wealthiest List
- Previously Withheld Clinton Records Go Public Today
- Wal-Mart Buys Yumprint of Seattle
- Harry Scott, Former President of Thompson Industries of Russellville, Dies at 64 8 months ago
- Filing Period Highlights Arkansas Political Shift (Andrew DeMillo Analysis) 2 hours ago
- Underground Tunnels Challenge Hot Springs Engineers from Past to Present 4 weeks ago
- Commission Investigates Judge Mike Maggio's Web Postings 3 days ago
- Wal-Mart Used Technology to Become Supply Chain Leader 2 years ago