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February 10–16, 2017

Chicago Premiere

Stray Bullets

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"An enjoyably blood-soaked thriller with unexpectedly lyrical interludes"
  —Hollywood Reporter
"What distinguishes Stray Bullets from so many other low-budget crime films is [director Jack] Fessenden's sense of quietness. The filmmaker lingers on images, informing them with inchoate dread as well as a talismanic sense of wrongness"
  —Slant Magazine
"Plenty of adult filmmakers are churning out crappy action pictures that don't show a fraction of the care young Fessenden—who also edited the movie and composed the score—put into his feature debut."
  —Chicago Now

Two upstate New York teenagers, tasked with cleaning out an abandoned mobile home on an abandoned property, would rather be doing anything else. They wander the countryside, practicing favorite movie battles with their beloved paintball guns, unaware they are in for a rude awakening. Three petty thieves on the run from Brooklyn mobsters have taken refuge on their turf.

Sixteen-year-old director Jack Fessenden makes the leap from student shorts to feature film with this impressive debut that puts these slacker teens (played by Fessenden and Asa Ryder Spurlock) up against career criminals, all very well portrayed by the ruthless James Le Gros (Drugstore Cowboy, Bitter Feast), the bungling John Speredakos (Fantastic Four, Inside Man), and the philosophical (and proud dad, Larry Fessenden, Habit, Wendigo). A tightly-wound and enigmatic Kevin Corrigan (The Departed, Goodfellas) brings the heat and denouement to this gritty thriller.

Directed by Jack Fessenden, U.S.A., 2016, 83 mins.


  • Fri., Feb. 10 at 9:30 pm
  • Sat.–Sun., Feb. 11–12 at 8:30 pm
  • Mon.–Thurs. Feb. 13–16 at 9:30 pm
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$10 general admission

$5 for Facets Members

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