Arkansas-Born Film Writer-Director To Chair Cinema Society

Mar 22, 2017

Arkansas-native Jeff Nichols speaking in San Francisco at Indyfest in 2008.
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An Arkansas-born film writer and director will chair a state group hoping to build a film community in Arkansas.

Little Rock native Jeff Nichols was announced Wednesday as the chair the Arkansas Cinema Society, which plans to bring together residents to watch films, share ideas and provide connections with other filmmakers.

Nichols also plans to host three seminars on filmmaking during the first year of the society.

Nichols' credits include writing and directing the movie "Loving" in which Ruth Negga was nominated for an Academy Award. He also wrote and directed the movie "Mud," starring Matthew McConaughey and Reese Witherspoon.

Also serving on the board are Academy Award winning actress and Arkansas native Mary Steenburgen, former Gov. Mike Beebe and current Gov. Asa Hutchinson's Chief of Staff, Alison Williams.