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.
Preston Barta // Features Editor
The most exciting aspect of a film festival may be the chance of uncovering something special. For any critic or cinephile, there’s nothing like finding a film you have never heard of, from a filmmaker you also have never heard of, but wholeheartedly appreciate right off the bat. Patrick Brice’s CREEP was that movie for a number of South by Southwest Film Festival attendees back in 2014.
CREEP tells the story of a videographer named Aaron (Patrick Brice) who answers a Craigslist ad for a job in a remote area, but soon find that things get a little strange and eerie when he meets his client, Josef (a devilishly good Mark Duplass).
After the PARANORMAL ACTIVITY franchise, it seems as though every movie studio has been trying to recreate the same success with a cheaply made found-footage film. However, many of them, such as APOLLO 18 (2011) and DEVIL’S DUE (2014), have failed to reach that status. Enter first-time feature director Brice (if you don’t count his film THE OVERNIGHT, which releases on June 19th).
Not since 2012’s THE CABIN IN THE WOODS have I had this much fun watching a movie of this nature. It blends a few genres together, the main ones being horror and comedy, and it works seamlessly. Brice and Duplass, who both wrote the film, managed to pull off one hell of a wicked flick, restoring faith in found-footage films.
CREEP will be available on iTunes June 23, and available to stream on Netflix July 14.
About Patrick Brice:
Patrick Brice is a 2011 graduate from California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) School of Film & Video in 2011. His thesis film MAURICE premiered at Rotterdam and went on to win the Grand Jury Prize for Best Short Documentary at the Florida Film Festival. CREEP, Brice’s first feature film as director/writer/actor premiered to critical and audience acclaim at SXSW in 2014.
His second feature film THE OVERNIGHT debuted at the Sundance Film Festival and is being released theatrically by The Orchard on June 19th.