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‘Krisha’ — Intense Family Drama By Houston Native Opens at Sundance Cinemas

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. 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 opened in Houston at Sundance Cinemas Friday (March 25, 2016).

MORE:
‘We Couldn’t Save Them’: Lessons From A Film About Family And Addiction (NPR, March 16, 2016)
‘Krisha’ Offers A Vivid, Unique Portrait Of Family Dysfunction (NPR, March 18, 2016)

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Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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