Jess + Moss
USA | 2011 | 83 min
Jess, age 18 (Sarah Hagan) and Moss, age 12 (Austin Vickers) are second cousins in the dark-fire tobacco fields of rural Western Kentucky. Without immediate families that they can relate to, and lacking friends their own age, they only have each other. Over the course of a summer they venture on a journey exploring deep secrets and future hopes while confronted with fears of isolation, abandonment and an unknown tomorrow. Through a series of memories and vignettes, director Clay Jeter creates a lyrical tale of two solitary, playful and young souls. Jeter delicately imposes a complex assemblage of ways of looking and listening – planes of focus, select pieces of music, and expert sound engineering call attention to cryptic, but suggestive details. The film creates a world where mundane elements swell to bursting and demonstrate the power of cinema to capture the sensation of memory; the beautiful and tragic feeling of the fleeting; and the preciousness of youth and all of its disasters.
DIR Clay Jeter
SCR Will Basanta, Isaac Hagy, Clay Jeter, Debra Jeter
CAST Marie Coleman, Sarah Hagan, Haley Parker, Haley Strode, Austin Vickers
Won, 2011 Dallas International Film Festival – Best Narrative
Won, 2011 Prague Fresh Film Festival – Best Feature