We're told that "Shotgun Stories," a film by Jeff Nichols, is one of the 15 debut films at the Berlin Film Festival and will make its world premiere on Feb. 14.
We wrote in a column a few months back about "Shotgun Stories" after seeing a private screening for friends and possible financers of the project. Nichols, whose brother is Ben Nichols of Lucero and is the son of John Nichols of the local Nichols Furniture and J&J Piano, presented a rough cut of the film that night, without soundtrack and with some editing still to be done. It was a heckuva interesting film even rough, focusing on a rivalry of two families that leads to great loss. It was filmed in and around England, Scott and Little Rock.
Our tipster tells us: Creative Artist Agency is representing the film for USA sales and Coach 14 of France is representing it for the rest of the world. The premier is at the 784 seat Delphi Filmpalast, built in 1949 to be the best theater in Germany, which has a 100 square meter screen. The film was shot in 35mm anamorphic so the wide screen is wonderful, the theater has all the latest equipment and will show off the Dolby sound track, which has been recently completed. The festival has paid for a print with German subtitles for their permanent archives.
Great news and congratulations to Jeff.
By the way, if you've seen "Come Early Morning," Jeff Nichols got a screen credit as a suitor for Laura Prepon's character. Jeff has a couple of lines and a nice shot at the door when he comes to pick up Prepon and take her to Cajun's Wharf on a date.