Jeff Nichols has written and directed a hybrid short film/music video for the band Lucero, and it’s a Western starring Michael Shannon doing what he does best. It is the first music video from the writer/director best known for “Mud” and “Loving,” and the filmmaker’s sixth collaboration with Shannon, who has starred in all of the director’s features. The collaboration is special for other reasons, as Nichols’ brother is Lucero’s lead singer and guitarist.
Titled after the Lucero song, “Long Way Back Home,” the film stars Shannon as Stanton, a man searching for his two younger brothers, played by Garrett Hedlund (“Mudbound”) and Scoot McNairy (“Halt an Catch Fire”). The film opens auspiciously with a scene between Shannon and Paul Sparks (“House of Cards”); as Stanton wonders how to find his brothers, Sparks asks if he wants to kill them. “Why would I want to kill my little brothers?,” he responds. When the music kicks in, Stanton takes a long and pensive drive, losing himself in memories. When he finally catches up with the boys, packing up to head out of town, the film ends on a satisfyingly ominous note.
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“It felt inevitable that one day I’d team up with my brother and the rest of Lucero,” Nichols said in a statement. “And once I heard the haunting sounds of ‘Long Way Back Home,’ I knew this song was the perfect opportunity to do it. It’s been an amazing ride bringing this project together with so many people who I love and admire. Shooting this brought me back to the days of filming my first movie, ‘Shotgun Stories.’ We’re all thrilled to be sharing it with the world.”
Watch the 7-minute film below.