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.
Some of you may asking: who is Asher Bradshaw? Perhaps you’ve seen the videos circling on the internet of the 6-year-old skateboarder who can bust out the best moves and tricks. His videos went viral and he quickly became a skateboard sensation.
SHReD: THE STORY OF ASHER BRADSHAW is an inspiration documentary about the kid himself and his dream to become the world’s youngest sponsored skateboarder. Like some of the many great docs this year, the film is more than just following around Bradshaw as he shows off his skills on a board. We also see him go through family struggles– how his father fights to support his family while doing everything he can to make sure his son’s dreams come true.
The film also includes great footage and insightful interviews with some of skateboard’s most iconic riders, such as Tony Alva, Skip Engblom (founder of the Zephyr Skate Team/Dogtown and ZBoys) and more.
Produced by Wilmer Valderrama (THAT 70s SHOW, FROM DUSK TILL DAWN), SHReD hits all on online platforms, VOD, and DVD this Tuesday, July 14th. But you can get very own copy by emailing us your most treasured skateboard story. Winners will be selected and notified by the end of the week!
Don’t miss out on the doc that will slap a big, fat goofy smile on your face.
How to win:
Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org (subject line “Fresh Fiction Contest – SHRed“) and tell us your most treasured skateboard story/experience by Friday, July 17th, at 12:00 p.m.
Distribution Company: Vegababy Releasing
VOD & DVD Release Date: July 14, 2015
Directed by: Kathy Herndl
Produced by: Wilmer Valderrama
Starring: Asher Bradshaw, Tony Alva and Skip Engblom
Running Time: 98 minutes