The summer between his sophomore and junior of high school Jack Fessenden shot his first feature, “Stray Bullets,” a hybrid story of teen friendship that intersects with a violent genre tale of gangsters on the lam. That at age 17 Fessenden had a movie with day-and-date distribution which he wrote, directed, starred in and composed the music for makes Xavier Dolan seem like a late bloomer. Fessenden grew up visiting the sets of his father, NYC horror guru and Glass Eye Pix founder Larry Fessenden, who shared with his son a love of craft over a steady diet of Hitchcock films.
Over the years, young Jack has received a first class nuts and bolts film education, but he is not simply a chip off the old block. What’s most impressive about “Bullets” is not simply how assuredly and economically the young filmmaker handles the choreography of violence, but how he finds subtlety and depth in the film’s quieter moments.
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