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 // Editor
Best known for directing works such as 2005’s THE BALLAD OF JACK AND ROSE starring her husband Daniel Day-Lewis, Rebecca Miller sharpens her pencils and brings out the camera after a six-year hiatus to do MAGGIE’S PLAN, which opened in theaters this weekend.
The film follows Maggie (Greta Gerwig) who wants a baby of her own, but she doesn’t have a partner to knock her up. So rather than wait for the right guy to come along, she takes her fertility into her own hands and finds the right donor instead.
She is young, successful, and hungry for mommyhood. She’s got a plan and nothing will stop her. Well, that’s until she falls in love with the wrong man (Ethan Hawke), a married professor at her school who latches on to Maggie when his wife (Julianne Moore) just cannot give him what he needs. Now, Maggie is in love and pregnant, all her dreams are coming true… or are they?
Read Gwen Reyes review of the film here.
Fresh Fiction had the opportunity to sit down with Miller to discuss her writing process, the themes of her film and what we can learn about ourselves from it.
MAGGIE’S PLAN is now in theaters.
DALLAS: Angelika Film Center locations in Dallas and Plano.