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 // Features Editor
Now that everyone has binged the third season of STRANGER THINGS, there is a big hole to fill. The Amazon series CARNIVAL ROW may be doing that for some sci-fi fans. But for those chasing something lighter and better suited for the whole family, Netflix’s new series RAISING DION might do the trick.
The low-key superhero series is a coming-of-age story about a young boy named Dion Warren (newcomer Ja’Siah Young) who discovers that he has superpowers. He can move things with his mind and manipulate the elemental materials of Earth. However, this creates a problem for his widowed mother, Nicole (Alisha Wainwright), who will do everything in her power to raise her son safely and responsibly. Thankfully, Nicole and Dion have people in their life, like friend Pat (Jason Ritter), to help keep the family secret buried from outside forces.
RAISING DION is a sci-fi show where the supernatural elements do not overpower the human story. Think LOOPER or FAST COLOR. It’s the characters and their issues, concerns and fears that take the center. The nine-episode debut season is now available to stream on Netflix.
In the below video, Fresh Fiction reporter Preston Barta sits down with RAISING DION stars Alisha Wainwright and Jason Ritter. The actors discuss their creative process for bringing a genuine touch to the material as well as what the show gave them in return.
Fresh Fiction interview with Alisha Wainwright and Jason Ritter
Official trailer for Netflix’s RAISING DION