September 26, 2016
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Fessenden chats about current & upcoming GEP projects!

THE STAKELANDER! PSYCHOPATHS! STRAY BULLETS! LIKE ME! MOST BEAUTIFUL ISLAND!
Fessenden chats with Rue Morgue about current and upcoming GEP projects.
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… “In fact,” Fessenden says, “the next crop of Glass Eye movies are kind of pushing the envelope of the visual, and departing from straightforward storytelling. That’s fun, and the whole point of the company: to be experimental and have a little bit more out-of-the-box thinking, when people are starting out and doing their early films on small budgets. You know, if you can’t compete with crane shots, you can compete with conceptual ideas and editing and stuff. Back in the ’60s and ’70s, editing was so much more interesting than it is now. Even though there’s a sense that it’s faster now than in a traditional movie, it doesn’t push your buttons the same way. So I’m very happy to have these two films. And then there’s STRAY BULLETS [a crime thriller marking the directorial debut of Fessenden’s son Jack], which is very traditional, and STAKELANDER is more straightforward; it feels like an ’80s horror film, very nicely composed. So Glass Eye’s got lots of stuff, including a non-genre film [by writer/director Ana Asensio] called MOST BEAUTIFUL ISLAND.”
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September 23, 2016
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Fessenden talks Until Dawn: RUSH OF BLOOD

Last year, GEP pal Graham Reznick along with Fessenden entered the world of gaming with the BAFTA award winning game UNTIL DAWN. Now, Fessenden is literally getting in your face with the VR expansion RUSH OF BLOOD! 

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READ ARTICLE: rue-morgue.com

September 19, 2016
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Hollywood Reporter: STRAY BULLETS “A blazingly confident feature debut”

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Teenage multi-hyphenate Jack Fessenden delivers a low-budget US indie thriller, world-premiering at the edgy German fest.

In most instances a filmmaker’s age is irrelevant when discussing the merits of their work, but it’s impossible to view Jack Fessenden’s Stray Bullets with detached objectivity when aware he was 15 during the shooting and 16 when the film bowed to ticket-buyers. An enjoyably blood-soaked thriller with unexpectedly lyrical interludes — made very much in the shadow of classic genre forebears and on what was clearly a constrained budget — this is a strikingly impressive calling-card.

It’s a mark of Fessenden’s freakish precocity that the picture would doubtless secure numerous midnight-slot festival bookings and additional small-screen exposure even if programmers and buyers knew nothing of his extreme youth. As it is, the film has a unique marketing hook which will doubtless be exploited to the max by Fessenden’s dad Larry, a very shrewd operator with decades of indie-biz experience under his belt. North American premiere is scheduled for the Woodstock Film Festival next month in upstate New York, close to where most of the shooting took place.

Guinness World Records lists Nepalese 7-year-old Saugat Bista as the globe’s youngest feature-director, but Fessenden Jr appears to be unchallenged in terms of the English-speaking world. Starting early is clearly in the genes: Fessenden Sr. was also 16 when he made his first film, four-minute Super 8 road-movie The Eliminator (1979). Barely seen until released on a compilation DVD decades later, this was a shaky first step on a busily prolific career that has included acting jobs for Martin Scorsese, Kelly Reichardt, Joe Swanberg and many others, plus numerous outings as director and/or producer.

He plays an eyecatching supporting role and serves as DoP here, with his wife Beck Underwood overseeing production-design and costumes. Their offspring, however, receives sole credit for directing, writing, editing and for composing and arranging the atmospheric score (performing keyboards, guitar and percussion) and is even listed among the production’s five chefs. Yes, he cooks too.

Fessenden Jr, who has been honing his craft on shorts for several years and appeared in his dad’s Wendigo (2001) and The Last Winter (2006) as a tot, is clearly more than capable on all creative fronts — even if his acting chops currently fall a little short of his behind-the-camera talents. But that isn’t much distraction, as his connections have landed him a slew of hugely experienced character-actors including top-billed James Le Gros and the more fleetingly-glimpsed Kevin Corrigan.

Among the fresher faces, Asa Spurlock — who bears a striking resemblance to Ezra Miller — is the standout as Ash, a soft-spoken and sensitive sort who spends most of his free time with his brasher best pal Connor (Jack Fessenden). After larking around in the woods near their home in an unspecified corner of rural New York State, the duo stumble into the clutches of three desperate gangsters. The criminals (Le Gros, Larry Fessenden and John Speredakos) have fled the City in the messy wake of a shootout, with an implacable hitman (Corrigan) close on their heels.

Fessenden switches smoothly back and forth between Ash and Connor’s bucolic escapades with a stolen paintball gun and the gangsters’ profanity-laced exchanges in their speeding car as Fessenden Sr.’s Charlie bleeds out on the back seat. Innocence and experience duly collide in the second half, but the screenplay delivers a few nicely unexpected developments — including one seriously shattering leftfield jolt — in a film which foregrounds character and dialog ahead of slam-bang pyrotechnics. When push comes to shove in the final reel, however, Fessenden stages the inevitable gunplay with persuasive brio — aided by special makeup effects by seasoned maestro Brian Spears.

Leaping far beyond the occasional rough edges of his opening scenes, the director really hits his stride in these latter stages, deploying slow-motion in a mature, sparing fashion, and making particularly effective use of his own haunting, guitar-heavy score. Indeed, on this evidence Fessenden could probably pursue a career in music if the challenge of film-making palls. Anyone invested in the art-form’s future, however, will firmly hope he can go on to emulate the likes of Don Coscarelli and Xavier Dolan, for whom teenage kicks augured accurately for achievements to come.

The Hollywood Reporter
3:57 PM PDT 9/19/2016 by Neil Young

Production company: Fessypix
Cast: Asa Spurlock, Jack Fessenden, John Speredakos, Larry Fessenden, James Le Gros, Kevin Corrigan, Robert Burke Warren
Director / Screenwriter / Editor / Composer: Jack Fessenden
Producers: Jack Fessenden, Larry Fessenden, Beck Underwood
Cinematographer: Larry Fessenden
Production designer / Costume designer: Beck Underwood
Venue: Oldenburg Film Festival (Independent Competition)
Sales: Glass Eye Pix, New York (chris@glasseyepix.com)

 

September 14, 2016
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THE STAKELANDER to Premiere at Sitges!

THE STAKELANDER, the follow-up to GEP’s acclaimed action horror hit STAKE LAND, will premiere at the Sitges Film Festival in Spain this October.

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THE STAKELANDER is directed by Dan Berk and Robert Olsen, written by Nick Damici, and stars Damici and Connor Paolo. Produced by Peter Phok and Larry Fessenden of Glass Eye Pix, Greg Newman of Dark Sky Films and co-produced by the Syfy Channel, as well as Mark Montague of Berkserker Entertainment.

More at SitgesFilmFestival.com.

September 2, 2016
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BLOODY DISGUSTING: ‘Stray Bullets’ Imagery Leaves a Bloody Mess

Bloody Disgusting has been snooping around the Glass Eye Pix website and uncovered the
Stay Bullets project page, still under construction.

Stay tuned for news of STRAY BULLETS screenings this Fall.

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September 1, 2016
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UNTIL DAWN review: “There is no shortage of villains…”

While this title has released over a year ago, console gamers are encouraged to play this award winning game (“Best Story,” BAFTA). Voiced by actors such as: Hayden Panettiere, Rami Malek, Noah Fleiss and Nichole Bloom, the game draws you into an unsettling horror universe. Writers Larry Fessenden (Wendigo, 2001) Graham Reznick and others have penned a truly remarkable story, which can be enjoyed in a number of different ways. Until Dawn is full of action, conflict and harrowing situations. Your choices have consequences, known as the Butterfly Effect. And, Until Dawn is memorable for its tale of revenge and on how you decide to unbox its underling moral play; it is not to be missed.

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FULL REVIEW

August 31, 2016
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NO WAY TO LIVE premiering in LA!

Fessenden appears in NO WAY TO LIVE from directors Nick Chakwin and David Guglielmo
premiering as the closing night film of “Film Invasion LA” 
Thursday Sept 1 at 9:30pm
Whitefire Theater, 13500 Ventura Boulevard, Sherman Oaks, CA 91423
 tickets available HERE 
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August 16, 2016
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Tribute to Fantasia in Paste Magazine

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After hours, Fantasia earns its reputation as a summer camp for the greater genre film industry with its regular pub night. On any given night during the three weeks of the festival you will find attendees taking over the back terrace of the nearby Irish Embassy Pub. Old friends get to connect and introduce new friends to one another, and nearly any combination of filmmaker, critic, and fan seems to blissfully make sense. Though I tragically turned in early the night that Miike decided to stop in for a pint, I did manage to say hello to the eccentric Larry Fessenden and spy the Troma-rific Lloyd Kaufman sporting his beloved Tupac hoodie. I don’t bring this up to start a name-dropping contest, but rather to highlight how communal and accessible Fantasia is to professionals and fans alike.
August 4, 2016
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Mike Gingold talks “maniac-in-the-woods chiller” THE RANGER

Glass Eye pal Mike Gingold talks THE RANGER in this Fantasia/Frontières exclusive! 

“During this summer’s Frontières International Co-Production Market at Montreal’s Fantasia festival, RUE MORGUE got the chance to chat with several filmmakers who were there pitching ambitious genre projects to potential backers. Among the most notable were Jenn Wexler and Larry Fessenden of Glass Eye Pix, with a unique maniac-in-the-woods chiller called THE RANGER”

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Read full article here

August 2, 2016
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Are you on Shudder? Fessenden is.

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