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Houston Native Makes a Splash at SXSW and Cannes with His First Feature: ‘Krisha’

Trey Edward Shults was born and raised in Spring, Texas, and from the very beginning he seemed to have incredible luck. He began his filmmaking career interning on Terrence Malick’s The Tree of Life and working in the camera department for Malick’s Voyage of Time. But his biggest success – so far, at least – […]

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Trey Edward Shults was born and raised in Spring, Texas, and from the very beginning he seemed to have incredible luck. He began his filmmaking career interning on Terrence Malick’s The Tree of Life and working in the camera department for Malick’s Voyage of Time. But his biggest success – so far, at least – is his first professional film.

His feature-length film Krisha was shot in his mother’s home over nine days for less than $15,000 dollars. Despite the small budget, the film caught the eye of festival judges, including at its world premiere at South by Southwest 2014, where it was awarded Special Jury Recognition for Cinematography. Other awards, distribution deals, publicists and press all followed.

So how is the 20-something Trey Edward Shults handling all the attention? In a very mellow way – at least for a man who makes intense films. Paige Phelps spoke with him.

Krisha which screens Saturday, Nov. 14, 2015, at 7:30 p.m. at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston as a part of the Houston Cinema Arts Festival. The film debuts nationally in the Spring.

(Image Courtesy: A24 Films)

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