DIFF Red Carpet Q&A: Phil Lord & Chris Miller at the 2015 Dallas Film Society Honors


16568763413_6fd81c74bc_b-1Preston Barta // Features Editor

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

This year, the writing, animating and directing duo Phil Lord and Chris Miller (THE LEGO MOVIE, 21 JUMP STREET) were honored with the Texas Avery Award. The honor celebrates career achievement in animation and pays tribute to Fred “Tex” Avery, one of the most celebrated figures in the history of animation.

The award was presented to Lord and Miller by Reel FX’s Jorge Gutierrez and Brad Booker (THE BOOK OF LIFE) last night (April 17th), where the duo thanked family and friends for their great honor.

Fresh Fiction caught up with Lord and Miller on last night’s red carpet outside the Highland Hotel. We discussed rebelling against the naysayers of the film industry, animated crushes, teaching classes, and, of course, how everything is awesome.

Also watch our interview with John Landis‘ son, Max (writer of CHRONICLE), where Lord and Miller do the hype man bit.

A special screening of THE LEGO MOVIE took place this morning at the Angelika Film Center in Dallas; however, there are still plenty of good films worth checking out at DIFF.  All ticket and screening info can be found on diff2015.dallasfilm.org.

Feature Photo: Chris Miller, Phil Lord, Max Landis and Preston Barta on the red carpet for Dallas Film Society Honors (April 17, 2015). Photo courtesy of the Dallas Film Society.

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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.