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I met Krisha Fairchild in the lobby of the Queensbury Hotel during the Adirondack Film Festival this fall. There was an instant connection between two women who have traveled similar roads. I was writing a profile about her performance in a film directed by her nephew for the Post-Star Sunday Arts & Life section and she was visiting for the screening of the gripping film, ‘Krisha.’

I’m not the only one stunned by her performance in a drama that gets to the heart and anguish of addiction during a family Thanksgiving dinner.

Before Krisha left Glens Falls, audiences selected her performance in ‘Krisha’ as an audience favorite. And over the past two months she’s been to Montreal, Los Angeles and Mexico to name a few. About three weeks ago she was at the Gotham Film Awards to support her nephew the writer and director of 'Krisha,' Trey Edward Shults, who had been nominated.

Google Krisha Fairchild and you’ll find her name listed among the best performances of the year in several venues.

But her most recent accolades came on Thursday when New York Times film critics Wesley Morris and A.A. Scott named her work in 'Krisha' among the year’s most captivating performances.

“Decades ago Fairchild stopped performing to work as a Hollywood personal assistant. Then her nephew made her the dinner guest from hell in his first movie and she delivered the traffic stopping work of a major veteran not of an ingenue,” Morris wrote.

So now Krisha Fairchild is getting the honors her performance deserves along side other immensely talented greats such as Natalie Portman, Denzel Washington, Viola Davis, Emma Stone, and Kristen Stewart to name a few.

To read the story or to see the short films made by Krisha and the others selected, visit the New York Times Magazine .

Kathleen Phalen-Tomaselli is a features writer at The Post-Star. She can be reached at kphalen-tomaselli@poststar.com for comments or story ideas. 

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