Becoming Mike Nichols


This intimate portrait of director, producer, and improvisational comedy icon Mike Nichols shows his final and historic interviews filmed just months before his death. Director Douglas McGrath documents Nichols’s early life, as he opens up to his friend, director Jack O’Brien, about the storied beginnings of his career. Nichols deconstructs some of his most famous work in Barefoot in the Park, The Graduate, and Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?. He shows not just the cinematic underpinning but also his unique process, the serendipitous nature that fate played in their creation and ultimately reveals the fears and joys of a long career driven by an adventurous, creative spirit. McGrath aptly intercuts classic scenes from Nichols’s work to play out in full for true understanding of his brilliance and cutting-edge approach to his work. Whether fan or filmmaker, it is thrilling to better understand one of our gifted masters who helped shape the past and future of performing arts in America. Becoming Mike Nichols is a loving but also inspiring tribute, making it a fitting kick off to the Festival’s Art of Film Weekend.

YEAR 2015

SECTION Doc Premieres


RUN TIME 72 min



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Artist Bio

Douglas McGrath

Douglas McGrath collaborated with Woody Allen on the screenplay for Bullets over Broadway for which they were nominated for an Academy Award. He wrote and directed Academy Award–winner Emma, Nicholas Nickleby, Infamous, and the HBO documentary, His Way. McGrath wrote the book for Tony-nominated Beautiful: The Carole King Musical. He began his career as a writer for Saturday Night Live in what was incontestably the worst year in the show’s history.