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.
Preston Barta // Features Editor
The first two episodes of Mr. Corman, the new series starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, dropped on Apple TV+ over the weekend. This double dose gives audiences a taste of the darkly funny yet emotionally sincere 10-part comedy-drama show.
Mr. Corman sees Gordon-Levitt, who also serves as the series creator, as an artist at heart but not trade. The titular character teaches fifth grade in San Fernando Valley after a music career didn’t pan out. We are dropped into Mr. Corman’s life as he tries to navigate feelings of anxiety, loneliness, connection, and self-doubt.
Fresh Fiction recently sat down with Mr. Gordon-Levitt to discuss his new series, the art of storytelling, and the influences he drew upon when crafting the narrative.
Watch the debut episodes today, followed by weekly drops on Friday for the remaining eight chapters.