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. From acclaimed director Trey Edward Shults, Waves is a heartrending story about the universal capacity for compassion and growth even in the darkest of times.
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AMC Artisan Films
Here's why we selected this movie for AMC Artisan Films: Harrowing look at a family torn apart, starring Emmy-winner Sterling K. Brown. AMC Artisan Films is a new program that brings a curated gallery of the finest movies to AMC where everyone can enjoy them.
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Sterling K. BrownActorEmmy Award-winning actor Sterling K. Brown stars in NBC's Emmy and Golden Globe nominated drama series THIS IS US. For his role as Randall Pearson, Brown won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series, as well as a Golden Globe, becoming the first African American actor to win his category in the award show's 75-year history. Additionally, Brown made history by becoming the first African American actor to receive the SAG Award for Outstanding Male Actor in a Drama, and also received a SAG award alongside his cast for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series. He has also won an NAACP Image Award and Critics Choice Award, and has been nominated for a TCA Award and a Teen Choice Award. In 2016, Brown portrayed prosecutor Christopher Darden in FX's highly-rated award-winning television event series THE PEOPLE V. O.J. SIMPSON: AMERICAN CRIME STORY. He won an Emmy Award and Critics Choice Award for the role and was nominated for a Golden Globe, SAG Award and NAACP Image Award. Sterling Kelby Brown was born in St. Louis, Missouri, to Aralean Banks and Sterling Brown. His father died when he was ten, after a heart attack. Sterling graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Drama from Stanford University, before receiving his Master's Degree in Fine Arts from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts. He resides in Los Angeles with his wife and two sons. Brown can be seen in Marvel's record breaking film BLACK PANTHER. Later in the year, he co-starred in Fox's THE PREDATOR (September) and HOTEL ARTEMIS, with Jodie Foster and Brian Tyree Henry. In 2017, Brown co-starred in Open Road's MARSHALL, for which he received an NAACP Image Award nomination for his role. In 2016, Brown co-starred with Tina Fey in Paramount's WHISKEY TANGO FOXTROT. A lover of theater, Brown has performed in a variety of staged shows, including NY and LA productions of FATHER COMES HOME FROM THE WARS (PARTS 1, 2 & 3), for which he won an NAACP Theatre Award and was nominated for an Ovation Award. His additional stage credits include MACBETH, THE BROTHER/SISTER PLAYS and THE RESISTABLE RISE OF ARTURO UI opposite Al Pacino. For seven years, Brown portrayed Dr. Roland Burton in the critically acclaimed Lifetime series ARMY WIVES. Additional television credits include SUPERNATURAL, PERSON OF INTEREST, MASTERS OF SEX, THE MENTALIST, CASTLE and CRIMINAL MINDS. His film credits include OUR IDIOT BROTHER, THE SUSPECT, RIGHTEOUS KILL, TRUST THE MAN and SPACEMAN.More
Renee Elise GoldsberryActor
Kelvin Harrison Jr.ActorKelvin Harrison Jr. was born on July 23, 1994 in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. He is an actor, known for Luce (2019), Monsters and Men (2018) and It Comes At Night (2017).More
Taylor RussellActorTaylor Russell was born on July 18, 1994 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. She is an actress and director, known for Waves (2019) and Lost in Space (2018).More
Lucas HedgesActorLucas Hedges is an American actor. He is known for playing Patrick Chandler in Manchester by the Sea (2016), which earned him an Academy Award nomination. Hedges was born in Brooklyn Heights, New York, the second child of poet and actress Susan Bruce and Oscar-nominated screenwriter and director Peter Hedges. He also starred in Wes Anderson's Moonrise Kingdom (2012), as Redford, as well as Kill the Messenger (2014), Lady Bird (2017), and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017). In 2018, he appeared as the older brother in Mid90s (2018), and turned from supporting work to starring roles, giving critically-acclaimed performances in two films about young men in jeopardy, Boy Erased (2018), where he plays a teenager sent to a gay conversion therapy clinic, and Ben Is Back (2018), as a drug-addict returning home for the holidays.More
Trey Edward ShultsDirector