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 (FreshFiction.tv) 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.
Preston Barta // Features Editor
AUSTIN – EXTRA ORDINARY, written and directed by newcomers Mike Ahern and Enda Loughman, had its world premiere at the South by Southwest Film Festival on March 10. It’s an Irish ghost comedy about a spritely woman named Rose (an excellent Maeve Higgins) who is gifted with supernatural abilities. She can communicate with ghosts, but she’s has some bad paranormal experiences in her rear view. Because of this, she is a driving instructor. However, when she meets a father (hilariously) named Martin Martin (Barry Ward) and one-hit-wonder rockstar Christian Winter (Will Forte), Rose’s gifts return to the forefront.
Well balanced with comedy and genuine chills (one sequence of a body floating down a hallway is the stuff of nightmares), EXTRA ORDINARY is a screaming success full of fun energy, clever wit and killer-good performances.
Fresh Fiction sat down with directors Mike Ahern and Enda Loughman and stars Will Forte, Maeve Higgins, Barry Ward and Claudia O’Doherty to discuss the film after its premiere. We chatted about the film’s buffet of comedy, delivering a spectacular conclusion and working with new filmmaking talent.
Our SXSW interview with the cast and filmmakers of EXTRA ORDINARY:
EXTRA ORDINARY premiered at the South by Southwest Film Festival in Austin, TX, on March 10, 2019. It’s final encore screening is on March 15 at the Zach Theatre at 8 p.m. The film is currently seeking distribution, so if you haven’t caught it, now is the time.