Watch This: WAVES Q&A with director Trey Edward Shults

Last week, Austin Film Society members were treated to a sneak preview of the new A24 film WAVES with AFS grant-supported writer-director Trey Edward Shults. Shults made a splash on the indie scene with his feature film debut KRISHA in 2015, taking home prizes from the Independent Spirit Awards, SXSW, and more. His third feature film, WAVES, traces the epic emotional journey of a suburban African-American family— led by a well-intentioned but domineering father played by This is Us star Sterling K. Brown —as they navigate love, forgiveness and coming together in the aftermath of a loss. Screening at both the Telluride and the Toronto International Film Festivals earlier this fall, the film has garnered impressive reviews: “Movies of this caliber come along seldom to never.” – Variety.

Following our Sneak Preview screening, Shults sat down for a Q&A with another AFS-supported director, Yen Tan, who directed last year’s critically acclaimed 1985. Here they talk about the making of WAVES and Shults shares how after working on the script for years, the film finally came together once he started to make it more personal, almost autobiographical at times.

Check out our Q&A with the director and see the film when it opens nationwide on November 15.