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 & Cole Clay // Film Critics
Patricia Arquette, Guillermo del Toro, Robert Rodriguez and Richard Linklater were a few of the numerous actors and filmmakers who walked the red carpet in Austin last night for the 15th annual Texas Film Hall of Fame Awards.
The event honors the best in Texas film and raises funds for the year-round programs and services of the Austin Film Society. It also has grown into one of the most glamorous nights in Austin. Past honorees have included Academy Award-winner Matthew McConaughey, Billy Bob Thorton, Woody Harrelson and writer-director Terrence Malik among other Hollywood notables.
Fresh Fiction caught up with some of honorees and supporters along the red carpet at Stage 7 at Austin Studios last night. We talked briefly with Patricia Arquette (BOYHOOD), Mike Judge (KING OF THE HILL, OFFICE SPACE) and Danny Trejo (MACHETE) about the art of film and television.
Patricia Arquette on women in film and the book she’s writing on her life:
Mike Judge on SILICON VALLEY and film influences:
Danny Trejo on FROM DUSK TILL DAWN and MACHETE KILLS AGAIN… IN OUTER SPACE!: