83 minutes

Director: Trey Edward Shults

Following a prolonged battle with addiction and self-destruction, Krisha, the black sheep of the family she abandoned, returns for a holiday celebration. But 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.

“Writer/director Trey Edward Shults owned Austin’s SXSW film festival this spring with his autobiographical debut Krisha, starring his own aunt Krisha Fairchild in the lead role. The actor commands the screen as a drug and alcohol abuser who reunites with her family for a holiday gathering after a year of absence. Her performance is so strong it calls to mind Gena Rowlands’ legendary turn in A Woman Under the Influence.”

Nigel M. Smith, The Guardian

Pre-Screening Live Music from LOTT 9:00-9:30pm

LOTT is the solo classical experimental violin project of Minneapolis musician Leah Ottman (We Are The Willows). The core inspiration for LOTT’s compositions is the Romantic Period of classical music. The chordal structures, intervals, and melodies heard throughout her songs are reminiscent of those used by Antonin Dvorak, Alexander Borodin, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, French Impressionist composer, Maurice Ravel, and then condensed into pop songs. She explores the range on her violin by utilizing a looping pedal and similar techniques employed by looping violinist pioneers, Andrew Bird, Kishi Bashi and Owen Pallet.

LOTT was awarded “Best Acoustic Performer” in City Pages’ Best of the Twin Cities 2015. “…With a looping pedal hooked up to her instrument, Ottman layers intricate melodies that combine classical beauty with an adventurous ear for contemporary experimentation not unlike Andrew Bird. Her voice, loaded with attitude and a penchant for flowing leaps, sweetens the deal…”

Trey Edward Shults