Hello, there! My name is Preston Barta, and I am the features editor of Fresh Fiction and senior film critic at the Denton Record-Chronicle. My cinematic love story began where I was born: off planet on the isolated desert world of the Jakku system. It's there I passed the time scavenging for loose parts with my good friend Rey. One day I found an old film projector and a dusty reel of the 1975 film JAWS. It rocked my world so much that I left my kinfolk in the rearview (I so miss their morning cups of green milk) to pursue my dreams of writing about film. It wasn't long until I met two gents who said they would give me a lift. I can't recall their names, but one was an older man who liked to point a lot and the other was a tall, hairy fella. They got me as far as one of Jupiter's moons where we crossed paths with the U.S.S. Enterprise. Some pointy-eared bastard said I was clear to come aboard. He saw that I was clutching my beloved shark movie and invited me to the "moving pictures room" where he was screening the 1993 film JURASSIC PARK to his crew. He said my life would be much more prosperous if I were familiar with more work by the god named Steven Spielberg. From there, my love for cinema blossomed. Once we reached planet Earth, everything changed. I found the small town of Denton, TX, and was welcomed into the Barta family. They showed me the writings of local film critic Boo Allen. He became my hero and caused me to chase a degree in film and journalism. After my studies at graduate of the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, I met some film critics who showed me the ropes and got me into my first press screening: 2011's THE GREEN LANTERN. Don't worry; I recovered just fine. MAD MAX: FURY ROAD was only four years away.
Preston Barta // Features Editor
Set to kick off the Dallas International Film Festival tonight is I’LL SEE YOU IN MY DREAMS, a bittersweet drama starring Blythe Danner and Sam Elliot, and directed by Brett Haley.
The story tells of a widow named Carol (an endearing Danner) who is forced to confront her fears about love, family, and death. After her routine is broken, Carol decides to start dating again, falling into relationships with two different men (Elliot and Martin Starr).
I’LL SEE YOU IN MY DREAMS received rave reviews from its premiere at Sundance earlier this year, and it’s exactly the kind of enjoyable entertainment to start DIFF on the right foot. It showcases felt performances and proves that even if things get bad in life, there’s always greatness in the world.
Thursday, April 9 at 7:00 p.m. at the Majestic
Friday, April 10 at 4:30 p.m. at the Angelika Dallas
Ticket information can be found on diff2015.dallasfilm.org
Fresh Fiction sat down with Blythe Danner (MEET THE PARENTS) and co-writer/director Brett Haley (THE NEW YEAR) to talk about their festival opener, the most they’ve felt out of their comfort zone, and how they handle the challenges that life throws at them.
I’LL SEE YOU IN MY DREAMS opens in theaters on May 15.