Two movies shot in Southeast Arkansas

Jeff Nichols. left, Derrick Sims, right (foreground)

The 2011 filming of two movies in Southeast Arkansas was selected as the third biggest story of the year. Jeff Nichols’ MUD was shot in and around the Dumas and Stuttgart area and Derrick Sims’ Come Morning was shot around the Kingland area.

Hollywood film director and Arkansas native Jeff Nichols just wrapped up shooting MUD, the biggest movie production in Arkansas history. Much of the film, staring Matthew McConaghey and Reese Witherspoon, was shot in and around Dumas where the Hollywood actors were often seen around town.

McCoughney plays the title character, an escaped convict who befriends a young boy and encourages him and his friend to become go-betweens in his attempt to dodge bounty hunters and reconnect with his girlfriend, played by Witherspoon.

Derrick Sims, another California film director with Arkansas ties, chose the Kingsland area where he grew up to shoot his new film, Come Morning.

Come Morning is the story of a man, his grandson, and the hunting accident that changed their lives, Sims told Seark Today in a July 2011 interview.

“They go out deer hunting and as the sun begins to fade, they both shoot the same deer only to find out that deer was actually their trespassing neighbor,” Sims said. “With emotions on edge, Frank decides that the best thing to do is get rid of the body, and the movie unfolds over the next 12 hours as they try to cover up their tracks and keep their sanity.”

Come Morning is scheduled for release in the fall of 2012 and MUD is expected to be released in 2013.

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