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
David Lowery is one of the most inspiring filmmakers working today. It’s a pretty special feeling to know someone from the place you grew up (Dallas-Fort Worth) is making movies with Disney (PETE’S DRAGON) and is directing the likes of Rooney Mara and now-Oscar-winner Casey Affleck (AIN’T THEM BODIES SAINTS).
His latest film, A GHOST STORY, is being distributed by A24 — who recently won the Oscar for MOONLIGHT, and has put out great films such as EX MACHINA and the upcoming FREE FIRE. The word is this moving film – about a recently deceased husband (Affleck) returning home to reconnect with his wife (Mara) – is so good that you should even watch the below trailer. (Note: I watched it. A24 and Lowery are good about playing it close to the chest, so you’re good to let this movie lift your spirits.)
Watch the trailer below, and read the official synopsis:
With A GHOST STORY acclaimed director David Lowery (AIN’T THEM BODIES SAINTS, PETE’S DRAGON) returns with a singular exploration of legacy, loss, and the essential human longing for meaning and connection.
Recently deceased, a white-sheeted ghost (Academy Award-winner Casey Affleck) returns to his suburban home to console his bereft wife (Academy Award-nominee Rooney Mara), only to find that in his spectral state he has become unstuck in time, forced to watch passively as the life he knew and the woman he loves slowly slip away. Increasingly unmoored, the ghost embarks on a cosmic journey through memory and history, confronting life’s ineffable questions and the enormity of existence.
An unforgettable meditation on love and grief, A GHOST STORY emerges ecstatic and surreal — a wholly unique experience that lingers long after the credits roll.
A GHOST STORY releases on July 7.