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The new indie drama Krisha tells the story of a Thanksgiving homecoming gone awry. Krisha Fairchild plays the title role, a newly sober woman trying to reconnect with her family after years lost to addiction and alcohol abuse. Trey Edward Shults, Fairchild's real-life nephew, directed Krisha, and plays her son in the movie.

Krisha won this year's Independent Spirit John Cassavetes Award, which is for films made for less than $500,000. In this case, the director kept the budget of his first feature low by writing it himself, casting multiple family members and shooting in his parents house.

Fairchild recently sat down with KCRW's Madeleine Brand and they talked about how the film became such a family effort, why Fairchild left LA after her first attempt to make it as an actress and how it feels to be back in her 60's.




Kaitlin Parker