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
With his breathlessly intimate and funny directorial debut, IFC Films’ SHITHOUSE, Cooper Raiff takes a commonly told story and puts a fresh spin on it.
The film follows a gloomy college freshman (Raiff) as he builds a strong connection with his resident assistant (Dylan Gelula) during a fraternity house party. Over the course of the evening (and some change), their lives change in unexpected ways.
Fresh Fiction recently sat down with sat down with writer, director and star Cooper Raiff via Zoom to discuss his filmmaking debut. Watch that interview below (Note: There’s some language), and read our review here.
SHITHOUSE is now playing in select theaters and available on VOD.