Lost ‘DUDES’ found at Oak Cliff Film Fest: An interview with director Penelope Spheeris

Preston Barta // Features Editor There’s a scene in 1985’s BACK TO THE FUTURE where Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox) plays a heavy-metal guitar riff for the people of the ’50s. They don’t exactly appreciate it. “Guess you’re not ready for that yet,” Marty sheepishly apologizes. Then he adds: “But your kids are going to love it.” Every once in a while, there’s something so ahead of the cultural curve that it’s misunderstood. It can take ...

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‘STARRING AUSTIN PENDLETON’ filmmakers expose truths of character actors

Preston Barta // Editor The best way to nail down the film industry is by comparing it to a sports team. Both businesses are fueled by those big-name stars that make millions and millions of dollars. Talents such as Leonardo DiCaprio and Will Smith drive revenues, get their faces on posters that dangle down from the sides of buildings and require police escorts as they move about the real world. However, you can’t get that Super Bowl ring without a reliable ...

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Disney sets ‘PETE’S DRAGON’ filmmaker David Lowery’s heart ablaze

Preston Barta // Editor When you watch any given film, you are witness to every ounce of time and energy a filmmaker devoted to their labor of love. Three years ago, we saw a stunningly realized film in David Lowery’s AIN'T THEM BODIES SAINTS, showcasing directorial capabilities beyond what his previous body of work suggested. With only short films and editing credits to his name, few expected to see the Dallas-raised filmmaker successfully direct talents ...

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