SXSW Interview: Filmmaker Jordan Peele, producer Jason Blum and star Shahadi Wright Joseph open up about ‘US’

photo by Preston Barta / FF.TV

Preston Barta // Features Editor

AUSTIN – Friday saw the world premiere of Jordan Peele’s much-anticipated follow-up to GET OUT, titled US. Fresh Fiction was there on the red carpet at the South by Southwest Film Festival in Austin, TX, to talk to writer-director Jordan Peele, star Shahadi Wright Joseph and producer Jason Blum. We discuss balancing the incredible details and symbolic themes within the story, playing the evil and good version of yourself, and following up the success of GET OUT.

Read our full review of US (here) and watch our video highlight reel below.

(Video shot and edited by Chance Maggard.)

US premiered at the South by Southwest Film Festival in Austin on Friday, March 8, 2019. Universal Pictures is releasing the film in theaters nationwide on March 22, 2019.

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Preston Barta

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 ( 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.