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
Last year we saw Judd Apatow’s “work-in-progress” premiere of TRAINWRECK at the South by Southwest Film Festival. This year, Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg’s R-rated animated comedy SAUSAGE PARTY will make its debut as a work-in-progress at SXSW on Monday, March 14. Festivalgoers will get the rare chance to see the film in its raw, raunch-filled glory ahead of its June 3rd release.
SAUSAGE PARTY – starring the voices of Rogen, Kristen Wiig and Jonah Hill – puts forth an unique yet funny premise: one sausage’s quest to discover the truth about his existence. Check out the official SXSW press release below, along with the film’s first image above.
“We’re thrilled to announce the addition of a work-in-progress screening of Sausage Party. This animated feature, a Columbia Pictures and Annapurna Pictures presentation and a Point Grey production, is about as raucous and hilarious as you’d expect from the fertile minds of Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg.
We’ve long embraced and celebrated comedy at SXSW, and SAUSAGE PARTY (Work-In-Progress) features the vocal talents of some of the greatest comedy actors of our time, including SXSW alumni Rogen, Kristen Wiig, Paul Rudd, Nick Kroll and Jonah Hill as well as some surprises.
This is not Rogen’s first time at SXSW, having appeared with NEIGHBORS and OBSERVE AND REPORT, and he and Goldberg will also present their Episodic title PREACHER at this year’s event.
This screening is a Special Event, but it’s also part of Convergence and SouthBites, which means it’s open to all badge types. Don’t miss it – SAUSAGE PARTY (Work-In-Progress) screens Monday, March 14 at 9:15 pm at the Paramount Theatre.”