Jess + Moss
Jess + Moss
Dir. Clay Jeter
Over the course of a summer, two adolescent cousins embark on a journey in which their secrets, dreams, and fears of an unknown future form an unbreakable bond between them.
Runtime: 82 min
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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 hopes of a future while being 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 in Jess + Moss. 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.
“A mosaic of pieces that combine to form a quietly shattering whole.”
“A poetic first feature.”
Los Angeles Times
“This art cinema gem... conveys a magical place's timeless quality.”
“One of the lessons of Jess + Moss is that beauty is hard to resist.”
“These are the kinds of movies that sense the winds of change in film and move the media forward in blending more artful cinematography with simple and profound storytelling.”
“There's so much in Jess + Moss, it's a marvel.”
We've Got This Covered
“A bracing jolt from the usual film experience.”
The Hollywood Reporter
Sundance Film Festival
Berlin International Film Festival