Jess+Moss

Feature Film | USA 2011 | 83' | OV

18-year-old girl Jess and 12-year-old boy Moss spend their last summer together in a small town in the Southern USA. They stroll through fields flooded by sunlight, they play in derelict farm houses, dark barns and decayed churches while recording tapes for each other. Jess dreams of going away and has yet to go through some issues of her own, while Moss cautiously makes his first sexual  experiences and has to come to terms with his family background. In his feature film debut writer/director Clay Jeter makes a melancholic journey into the last days of untroubled youth. He finds it amidst gloriously derelict locations, captures it on sun-bleached film stock and edits it in associative cuts and jumps. JESS + MOSS is a quiet, subtle film not only about coming of age but also about memory itself. The two outstanding leads Sarah Hagan und Austin Vickers, who carry the film completely on their own, create deeply moving moments of small happiness and big goodbyes.

 

Director
Clay Jeter
Script
Will Basanta, Isaac Hagy, Clay Jeter, Debra Jeter, Nikki Jeter Wilbanks
Photography
Will Basanta, Clay Jeter
Editor
Isaac Hagy
Sound
Marc P. Stoeckinger
Production Designer
Gregory Grover
Principal Cast
Sarah Hagen, Haley Strode, Austin Vickers
Producers
Will Basanta, Isaac Hagy, Brian Harstine, Clay Jeter
Executive Producers
Jason Berman, Cliff Coleman, Bill Fletcher, David Gelb, Kevin Iwashina, Debra Jeter, Norman Jeter, Bill Fletcher, John Rowley, Harley Tat

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Selected filmography Clay Jeter

THE WILLOWZ: SEEINSQUARES (2006), FERGUSON (2006), A POSITIVE RAGE (2009), FIVE DOLLARS (2010)