Texas ties to Spirit nominees

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“Krisha,” the drama from Houston-based director Trey Shults, was nominated Tuesday for the annual John Cassavetes Award for features made for under $500,000, at the 31st Spirit Awards.

“Krisha” won the narrative feature competition at South by Southwest in March and was picked up for the Critics Week sidebar in Cannes in 2015.

Shults, 26, grew up in Houston, and lives with his family in Montgomery, Texas. A lifelong film fan, he started studying business at Texas State before dropping out. That’s when he started studying movies, not just watching them, he says. “I learned about film grammar,” he says.

Shults shot the movie in his mother’s home, and it took a little over a week. He raised money through a $15,000 Kickstarter drive.

Other Cassavetes nominees are “Advantageous,” “Christmas, Again,” “Heaven Knows What” and “Out of My Hand.”

Austin-based Drafthouse Films secured a nomination for the documentary “The Look of Silence.” Other nominees in the best documentary category were “(T)error,” “Best of Enemies,” “Heart of Dog,” “Meru” and “The Russian Woodpecker.”

Kevin Corrigan, one of the stars of Austin director Andrew Bujalski’s “Results,” was nominated for best supporting male actor in the film, which was shot in Austin.

He’s competing against Paul Dano of “Love & Mercy,” Idris Elba of “Beasts of No Nation,” Richard Jenkins of “Bone Tomahawk” and Michael Shannon of “99 Homes.”

Overall, director Todd Haynes’ “Carol” scored the most nominations, with six, followed by “Spotlight” and “Beasts of No Nation.”

“Carol,” starring Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara, is tentatively scheduled to open in Austin on Dec. 25. “Spotlight” and “Beasts” are already in release.



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