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.
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.