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.

About author

Preston Barta

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.