Krisha: Levantine Cinema Arts Emerging Artist Award
with Trey Edward Shults, Krisha Fairchild and others
Following a prolonged battle with addiction and self-destruction, Krisha returns for a Thanksgiving visit to the family she abandoned. Eager at first to fit in, Krisha throws herself into atoning for her past. However, what begins as a moving testament to the family’s capacity to forgive soon spirals into a deluge of emotional bloodletting, as old wounds are torn open, and resentments are laid bare.
A Houston native, Shults began his career as an intern on Terrence Malick’s The Tree of Life and cites John Cassavetes as an influence. Shults’ actual aunt Krisha plays the lead role in his feature directorial debut, which was filmed over nine days in his family home in Houston. The film swept both the Grand Jury and Audience Prizes at this year’s SXSW Film Festival.
The winner of the grand jury award for narrative features at SXSW (as well as an elaboration of Shults’ prize-winning 2014 short of the same title), this Kickstarter-funded project reveals an elusive, formally sophisticated storytelling approach that neatly sidesteps the usual addiction/dysfunction clichés, its stylistic experimentation anchored by a subtly wounding performance from Krisha Fairchild in the eponymous lead role.
– Justin Chang, Variety
Directed by Trey Edward Shults
Written by Trey Edward Shults
Cinematography by Drew Daniels
Editing by Trey Edward Shults
Music by Brian McOmber
Cast: Bryan Casserly, Billie Fairchild, Krisha Fairchild, Trey Edward Shults