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Trey Edward Shults

With Waves, Trey Edward Shults (It Comes At Night) has crafted a film which should absolutely cement his reputation as an exciting new voice in American cinema. It’s a bold and very ambitious film about family, pressure, forgiveness, and ultimately salvation, that will stay with you long after the credits have rolled.

"This film grabs you tight and never lets go."

The future seems extremely bright for young Tyler (Kelvin Harrison Jr.). On the surface, he has everything: a wealthy family to support him, a spot on the school wrestling team, and a girlfriend (Alexa Demie) he's head over heels in love with. Committed to greatness and under intense scrutiny from his father (Sterling K. Brown) who expects nothing less, Tyler spends his mornings and nights training. But when pushed to the limit, cracks in the perfect façade of Tyler's existence start to show, and the stage is set for a true American tragedy.

Featuring an ensemble of superb performances and full of evocative imagery, this film grabs you tight and never lets go. Conceived in collaboration with his lead actor, this deeply personal film is tough on the outside, tender when it needs to be, and never anything less than completely audacious. Ever the experiential filmmaker, Shults bathes the film in lush visuals and a moody, pulsating soundtrack from Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, placing the audience inside the characters perspective. Vibrant and original, Waves is unlike anything you've ever seen.