Interview: Writer/Director Jeff Nichols Talks ‘Midnight Special’

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Writer/Director Jeff Nichols was in town recently and we sat down with him and talked to him about his movie. Interview courtesy of Irish Film Critic. The movie is out now in limited release and opening in more cities each week. Check local listing for showtimes. And check out our review of Midnight Special here.

Writer/director Jeff Nichols proves again that he is one of the most compelling storytellers of our time with the sci-fi thriller “Midnight Special.” A provocative, genre-defying film as supernatural as it is intimately human, it follows a father, Roy (Michael Shannon), who goes on the run to protect his young son, Alton (Jaeden Lieberher), a boy with mysterious powers that even Roy himself cannot comprehend.

What starts as a race from religious extremists and local law enforcement quickly escalates to a nationwide manhunt involving the highest levels of the Federal Government. Risking everything, Roy is committed to helping Alton reach his ultimate purpose, whatever that might be and whatever it costs, in a story that takes audiences on a perilous journey from Texas to the Florida coast, while exploring the bonds of love and trust, and the nature of faith.

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