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.
Kane Senes’ indie post-Civil War drama titled ECHOES OF WAR is one of those stories that is chock full of interesting, rich characters that are all spread across the picturesque canvas of the South.
The film takes place in the post-Civil War countryside of Texas, where we follow two familes: The Rileys and the McCluskeys. The Rileys spend their days trapping animals and making an honest living, while the McCluskeys (after a bad stroke of luck) have to, essentially, lie, cheat and steal to get by.
More than this, the film, like AMERICAN SNIPER, is about following the troops home. Audiences get insight into this when the Riley’s favorite uncle, Wade (James Badge Dale), visits his family to find reprieve from the horrors that he faced while in battle. However, things go astray shortly following his arrival.
ECHOES OF WAR held its regional premiere last night at Angelika Film Center in Dallas as part of the Dallas International Film Festival. No worries if you didn’t catch the screening, as there is another tonight (information at the bottom).
Fresh Fiction covered the red carpet last night and spoke with the film’s writer John Chriss (A RELATIVE STRANGER), composer Hanan Townshend (upcoming KNIGHT OF CUPS), actors Ethan Embry (CAN’T HARDLY WAIT, THE GUEST), Rhys Wakefield (THE PURGE), Beth Broderick (SABRINA, THE TEENAGE WITCH) and Owen Teague (BLOODLINE).
Rhys Wakefield (“Marcus McCluskey”):
Ethan Embry (“Seamus Riley”) and Owen Teague (“Samuel Riley”):
Writer John Chriss and Beth Broderick (“Doris McCluskey”):
Composer Hanan Townshend:
ECHOES OF WAR screens again tonight at 9:30 p.m. at the Angelika Film Center located in Dallas. All ticket and screening information can be found on diff2015.dallasfilm.org.
Feature Photo: Ethan Embry, Owen Teague, Beth Broderick, Rhys Wakefield and director Kane Senes on the Dallas International Film Festival red carpet for the premiere of ECHOES OF WAR (Wednesday, April 15, 2015). Photo courtesy of the Dallas Film Society.