I have been working as a film journalist since 2010, dividing the first four years between radio broadcasting and entertainment writing in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex. In 2014, I entered Fresh Fiction (FreshFiction.tv) as the features editor. The following year, I stepped into the film critic position at the Denton Record-Chronicle, a daily North Texas print publication. My time is dedicated to writing theatrical film reviews, at-home entertainment columns, and conducting interviews with on-screen talent and filmmakers, as well as hosting a podcast devoted to genre filmmaking (called My Bloody Podcast). I've been married for seven happy years, and I have one son who is all about dinosaurs just like his dad.
Preston Barta // Features Editor
The Sundance success story, ME AND EARL AND THE DYING GIRL, is currently playing in theaters. However, if you live in the Dallas metroplex, Plano more specifically, Fresh Fiction will be moderating a Q&A with the film’s director (Alfonso Gomez-Rejon) this Friday, July 3, at Cinemark West Plano. Below is all information on how you can attend this special screening!
Date and Time?
Friday, July 3
Cinemark West Plano and XD
3800 Dallas Pkwy
Where can I purchase tickets?
Here’s the exact link (don’t forget to pick 7 p.m.): http://www.cinemark.com/theatre-detail.aspx?node_id=1521#7/3/2015
What is ME AND EARL about?
Winner of the Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Award at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, ME AND EARL AND THE DYING GIRL is the uniquely funny, moving story of Greg (Thomas Mann), a high school senior who is trying to blend in anonymously, avoiding deeper relationships as a survival strategy for navigating the social minefield that is teenage life. He even describes his constant companion Earl (R.J. Cyler), with whom he makes short film parodies of classic movies, as more of a ‘co-worker’ than a best friend. But when Greg’s mom (Connie Britton) insists he spend time with Rachel (Olivia Cooke) – a girl in his class who has just been diagnosed with cancer – he slowly discovers how worthwhile the true bonds of friendship can be.