Stray Bullets. 2016. USA. Written, directed, edited, and scored by Jack Fessenden. With James Le Gros, John Speredakos, Jack Fessenden, Larry Fessenden, Kevin Corrigan. DCP. Courtesy Variance Films. 83 min.
Sixteen(!!!)-year-old auteur Jack Fessenden made this feature debut during the summer between his sophomore and junior years in high school. With his killer aesthetic sensibility, comic timing, and deft balancing of quiet character study and explosive violence, his Stray Bullets plays like a bloody Ealing comedy (Lavender Hill Mob?) involving a couple of kids in way over their heads, a gang of thieves who can’t shoot straight, and a hitman who likely can. ”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” (Neil Young, Hollywood Reporter).