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Austin Film Festival Announces Edward Shults’ ‘Waves’ as Centerpiece Film; Confirms Second Wave Live-Up

Today, the Austin Film Festival (AFF) announced that Waves will be the fest’s Centerpiece selection on October 28. Opening Night will include the Texas homecoming for native Trey Edward Shults, whose previous writer- director credits include Krisha and It Comes at Night. 

Set against the vibrant landscape of South Florida and featuring an astonishing 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.

Joining the second wave slate is horror auteur Daniel Myrick and producer Joseph Restaino, with the world premiere of their film SkymanThe film follows Carl Merryweather, who claims he was visited by an alien as a child. Now, thirty years later, he’s convinced that same alien is returning for a reunion.

Additionally, Myrick will present a Retrospective 20th Anniversary screening of The Blair Witch Project during the Festival in honor of his landmark contribution to genre film.

Also joining this year’s slate is Netflix’s feature Rattlesnake, which will be having its World Premiere at the Festival. Rattlesnake is a pulse-pounding, psychological horror film written/directed by Zak Hilditch (1922These Final Hours), who will participate in AFF’s Writers Conference with producer Ross Dinerstein.

Local director Matt Patterson will present the World Premiere of Apartment 413, a cerebral domestic thriller. This Austin-made film portrays a man’s deteriorating grip on his relationship and reality.

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