DIFF Red Carpet Q&A: John & Max Landis On ‘THE BLUES BROTHERS’, Inspiring Films


john_landisPreston Barta // Features Editor

Last night was the 2015 Dallas Film Society Honors at The Highland Hotel in Dallas.

Presented by the Arthur E. Benjamin Foundation, Sheri Deterling, Geoff Hakwes, and The Highland Hotel, the event is a glamorous banquet designed to honor the winning filmmakers of the 2015 Dallas International Film Festival.

This year’s awards honored many notable filmmakers. One of those filmmakers was John Landis, who is well known for directing THE BLUES BROTHERS, ANIMAL HOUSE and THE THREE AMIGOS.

Fresh Fiction spoke with John Landis and his son, Max Landis (writer of CHRONICLE) on the red carpet last night before the ceremony. We talked about when John realized THE BLUES BROTHERS was more than a come-and-go movie, Max surprising his dad, inspiring films and filmmakers nowadays.

THE BLUES BROTHERS screens tonight at the Texas Theatre at 7:30 p.m. All ticket and screening information can be found on diff2015.dallasfilm.org.

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Preston Barta

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.