At first glance, everything in Tyler’s (Kelvin Harrison Jr.) life appears to be going well. He’s a good student, a promising athlete; he has time for all his extracurricular activities, and he’s going out with a beautiful girl. Through a few unfortunate events and stupid decisions, however, his meticulously built image as a perfect guy crumbles, and certain situations, despite the most sincere intentions, can’t be avoided. Meanwhile, Tyler’s younger sister, Emily (Taylor Russell) is a typical shy girl who prefers to observe rather than participate both at home and in school. She does her part, but, unlike her brother, she has no motivation or charisma to stand out in any area. One particularly bad day, a guy approaches her (Lucas Hedges, an indie favorite) and starts a friendly chat, and then asks her out on a date. This minor event will fundamentally change Emily’s life, opening her eyes to new experiences. Following the screenings at the Telluride and Toronto festivals, Waves was described as a cross between Moonlight and Manchester by the Sea, and „Indiewire” wrote that the movie’s audiovisual tapestry frequently inspires awe.
Born in Houston in 1988, Trey Edward Shults is a director. He studied economics at the University of Texas but decided to pursue directing instead. He worked as an intern for cinematographer Paul Atkins on the set of Terrence Malick's The Tree of Life. He won an award at the SXSW Festival for his short film Krisha (2014), and then his feature film of the same name (2015) won the Grand Jury Award, as well as a number of other awards at festivals around the world, including the Independent Spirit John Cassavetes Award. Krisha was shown at the sixth American Film Festival. Waves is his third feature film.
2010 Mother and Son (short)
2011 Two to One (short)
2014 Krisha (short)
2017 To przychodzi po zmroku / It Comes at Night