These four first films introduce all the concerns, aesthetic and thematic, that haunt Fessenden's subsequent films.
THE ELIMINATOR(1979, 4 mins, S8mm, color) Fessenden's first film features a steel blue '67 Firebird, and its unseen driver, out for a test drive and a run-in with an innocent cyclist.
THE FIELD (1980, 7 mins, S8mm, color) A hangover-induced maudlin bit of film poetry made remarkable by a live flute accompaniment by Geoffrey Kidde, who later would make music for HABIT.
WHITE TRASH (1980, 7 mins, s8mm, color) A murder by conch-shell is followed by a stiff drink and the dismemberment of the body, leaving us to ponder: what stories lie hidden in our street trash. Restaged in 1993 for the opening sequence of RIVER OF GRASS.
LIFELINE (1981, 13 ins, S8mm, b&w and color) A concise history of "man," from the discovery of fire to the bomb. With Fessenden as the enterprising species.