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Krisha: A Family Drama Teetering On The Edge Of Documentary

Krisha Fairchild's portrayal of a tormented prodigal daughter who once called Bloomington home screens at this weekend's Middle Coast Film Festival.

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Photo: courtesy A24 Films

Krisha Fairchild, from the film "Krisha"

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Screening: Krisha

The Middle Coast Film Festival features a screening of Trey Edward Shults' film Krisha (2015), starring Krisha Fairchild.


Buskirk-Chumley Theatre, 114 East Kirkwood Avenue, Bloomington IN

Saturday, July 30. 2016, 2:30 pm

Middle Coast Film Festival

Having won major awards at film festivals from Deauville and Reykjavik to South By Southwest–including the  John Cassavetes Award  at the 2016 Film Independent Spirit Awards in Santa Monica–the independent film Krisha (2015) is being screened at Bloomington’s Middle Coast Film Festival July 30.

“We are functional in all of the ways that have to do with love and support.”

The presence of the film’s star Krisha Fairchild–along with several members of her extended family–for the Bloomington screening is not incidental.  The film, directed by Fairchild’s nephew Trey Edward Shults, centers around a character based on a different family member who called Bloomington home for almost two decades.  In addition to Shults and Fairchild, multiple members of the family are cast in the film, which depicts the tormented main character’s ill-fated return to the family homestead for Thanksgiving.

At the center of the kaleidoscopic, cacophonous film, Krisha Fairchild’s performance is a tour de force.  In the conversation above, the actress reflects on the alcoholism that has saturated seven generations of her family and the counter-intuitive functionality of a family willing to portray its dysfunction, and shares her optimism about the film industry’s changing attitudes with regard to female actors of a certain age.

Yaël Ksander

WFIU's Arts Desk Editor, Yaël seeks out and shepherds the stories of artists, musicians, writers, and other creative people. In addition, Yaël co-hosts A Moment of Science, writes essays for A Moment of Indiana History, produces Speak Your Mind (WFIU's guest editorial segment), hosts music and news hours throughout the week, and lends her voice to everything from accounting courses to nature documentaries. Yaël holds a MFA in painting from Indiana University, an MA in art history from Columbia University, and a BA from the University of Virginia, where she studied languages and literature.

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