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
One of SXSW’s best features is undoubtedly Andrew Droz Palermo’s ONE & TWO. The film is a dark and powerful drama of the inseparable bond between siblings.
While Palermo may not be a household name, his feature film debut will surely put him on top and make him known. From the get-go it was apparent ONE & TWO was going to be something special – based on its small human narrative and the supernatural elements surrounding it – but it got better by the minute. It’s a real sly wonder of a film.
Fresh Fiction had the chance to sit down with Elizabeth Reaser (THE TWILIGHT SAGA) and Palermo (cinematographer of YOU’RE NEXT and RICH HILL) to talk about the mystery of their film, the richness within, and if they would lead a similar life.
One of the things that I loved about the movie is that it is so reflective– like the scenes with Daniel (Grant Bowler) and the kids, where they question themselves and where they are. Going into the mindset of your characters, do you learn something more about yourself in the process? Do playing characters in movies affect who you are as a person?
It’s unfortunate that Grant had to leave early because I was really interested with his perspective of evil, with portraying such a mean guy on screen. But he played it so well.
It made me think about at what point does evil become likable. You know, like Darth Vader or something. What do you think?
Was it easy or difficult to walk away from when principal photography wrapped?
I imagine it’s nice to work on it, leave and come back after awhile so it feels fresh again.
This movie, to me, was a powerful drama about the inseparable bond between siblings. I’m not sure if you have brothers and/or sisters, but are that close with your siblings?
Do you think you would ever live in an isolated environment like they do in the film– away from technology and the outside world?
ONE & TWO screens tomorrow, Mar. 18 at 7:45 p.m. at the Satellite Venue: Marchesa.