Post-screening conversation between director Trey Edward Shults and rap star Bun B is followed by the opening-night party.

Set against the vibrant landscape of South Florida, and featuring an ensemble of award-winning actors and breakouts alike, Waves traces the epic emotional journey of a suburban African American family—led by a well-intentioned but domineering father—as they navigate love, forgiveness, and coming together in the aftermath of a loss.

This heartrending story from acclaimed director Trey Edward Shults addresses the universal capacity for compassion and growth even in the darkest of times. The Waves cast includes Sterling K. Brown, Alexa Demie, Renée Elise Goldsberry, Kelvin Harrison Jr., and Taylor Russell.

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About the Speakers
Trey Shults is an American director, writer, producer, and actor. In 2010, he made his directorial debut in the short film Mother and Son. In 2011 and 2012, Shults variously served as film loader, post-production intern, and intern, on three of Terrence Malick’s films: Song to Song, Voyage of Time, and The Tree of Life. His first feature, Krisha, won SXSW, screened at Cannes 2015, and was released by A24. It also won the John Cassavetes Award at Indy Spirit, Best Directorial Debut from the National Board of Review, and the Breakthrough Director Award at the Gotham Awards. Shults’s second feature, It Comes at Night, is a family drama starring Joel Edgerton, Carmen Ejogo, Riley Keough, and Chris Abbott.

Bernard Freeman—better known as Bun B—changed the hip-hop landscape as half of the legendary UGK alongside the late Pimp C. In 2006 Bun B won an ASCAP award for Top R&B/Hip Hop Song for his writing and performance on the single Give Me That and he holds an MTV Music Award for Best R&B Video for Beyonce’s Check On It. His third solo album, 2010’s Trill O.G., was met with critical acclaim. By 2013, he would release his last project before his musical break, The Epilogue. As a professor of theology at Rice University, he led a course about religion and hip-hop culture. In 2018, Bun B delivered Return of the Trill, a full length effort produced by Big K.R.I.T. Bun B is also a board member of the Houston Cinema Arts Society.

Jason Woods aka Flash Gordon Parks is an ethnomusicologist from Houston. He holds a bachelor's degree in photography from Sam Houston State University. In 2005 Flash Gordon Parks published a book of photography and poetry called The Beautiful Side of Ugly with Eric Blaylock, which combined Blaylock’s poetry with FGP’s images to document the beauty of urban areas of Houston. He has lectured at venues including the Art League Houston, Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, and Rice University. In 2015 he directed the documentary This Thing We Do: Houston DJ Culture Revealed.

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Trey Edward Schults
Running Time
135 minutes
Digital, Color