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Also Known As: Died:
Born: March 23, 1963 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: New York City, New York, USA Profession: director, screenwriter, actor, singer, producer, musician, sound technician, editor

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In 1996, filmmaker Larry Fessenden was tagged as one to watch by the Independent Features Project. Savvy aficionados of the Downtown NYC scene were already keyed to his talents. A child of privilege, Fessenden was raised in the tony Upper East Side of Manhattan and attended prep school at Andover (although he was expelled). He began experimenting with video and super 8mm movie making and completed the 58-minute "A Face in the Crowd" (1980), about a NYC artist, and several shorts. On the strength of that work, Fessenden was accepted at NYU where he made the first incarnation of "Habit," then an 85-minute video co-written with Brendan Mee. He and Mee collaborated on the eight-episode public access television show "Be Mee TV Presents" in 1982. Over the next few years, Fessenden perfected his own style of guerrilla filmmaking (not unlike that of Gregg Araki). Shooting with a small crew and often without permits. he produced, directed, shot and edited "Experienced Movers" (1985), the story of a mentally unbalanced man who becomes enmeshed in an art heist, adapted from a play by Evan McHale. Fessenden then established Glass Eye Pix through which he worked as a video editor (for such figures as Richard...

In 1996, filmmaker Larry Fessenden was tagged as one to watch by the Independent Features Project. Savvy aficionados of the Downtown NYC scene were already keyed to his talents. A child of privilege, Fessenden was raised in the tony Upper East Side of Manhattan and attended prep school at Andover (although he was expelled). He began experimenting with video and super 8mm movie making and completed the 58-minute "A Face in the Crowd" (1980), about a NYC artist, and several shorts. On the strength of that work, Fessenden was accepted at NYU where he made the first incarnation of "Habit," then an 85-minute video co-written with Brendan Mee. He and Mee collaborated on the eight-episode public access television show "Be Mee TV Presents" in 1982.

Over the next few years, Fessenden perfected his own style of guerrilla filmmaking (not unlike that of Gregg Araki). Shooting with a small crew and often without permits. he produced, directed, shot and edited "Experienced Movers" (1985), the story of a mentally unbalanced man who becomes enmeshed in an art heist, adapted from a play by Evan McHale. Fessenden then established Glass Eye Pix through which he worked as a video editor (for such figures as Richard Avedon and William Hickey) and "guerrilla" producer. Between 1985 and 1989, he collaborated with performance artist David Leslie on a number of video projects that were seen at museums and film festivals around the USA. He also completed the docu-drama "Hollow Venus: Diary of a Go-Go Dancer" (1989). loosely based on the experiences of its star Heather Woodbury. As the 90s dawned, the multi-talented filmmaker created his second feature, "No Telling (or The Frankenstein Complex)," a modern-day version of the Prometheus tale which was both a love story and an indictment of animal experimentation. While it was never released in the USA, "No Telling" did make the festival circuit and garnered critical attention. After a turn as an actor in "River of Grass" (1993), a low-budget outlaws-on-the-run melodrama, Fessenden remade his 1981 video project "Habit," which centered on a drunk and his growing relationship with a mysterious woman who he comes to suspect is a vampire. Its screening at the 1996 Los Angeles Independent Film Festival caught the attention of audiences and reviewers and Fessenden was awarded the "Someone to Watch" award by the IFP. A glossier, recut version of the film, which starred the director, was released theatrically in 1997.

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DIRECTOR:

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  Beneath (2013)
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  Wendigo (2002) Director
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  Habit (1997) Director

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 Girlfriend's Day (2017)
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 Small Crimes (2017)
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 Carnage Park (2016)
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 Southbound (2015)
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 Pod (2015)
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 Body (2015)
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 Mind's Eye, The (2015)
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 Darling (2015)
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 Jug Face (2013)
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Collaborated with performance artist David Leslie on a number of video projects
1989:
Directed and co-wrote (with Heather Woodbury) the 58-minute docudrama "Hollow Venus: Diary of a Go-Go Dancer"
1991:
Directed second feature "No Telling (or The Frankenstein Complex)"; also co-wrote with Beck Underwood; made cameo appearance
1980:
Directed the 58-minute "A Face in the Crowd"
1985:
Established Glass Eye Pix
1981:
Made 85-minute video version of "Habit"; produced, edited, acted and co-wrote
1997:
Made feature version of "Habit"; wrote, directed, edited and starred
1985:
Made first feature, "Experienced Movers"
2007:
Directed the horror film "The Last Winter"
2001:
Directed, wrote and edited "Wendingo"; screened at Sundance; released theatrically in 2002
1979:
Made several short films compiled as "S8MM Movies"
2008:
Produced the feature "Wendy and Lucy" directed by Kelly Reichardt and starring Michelle Williams; ; also had a small role; earned an Independent Spirit Award nomination for Best Feature
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Raised on the Upper East Side of Manhattan
2001:
Acted in the Brad Anderson directed "Session 9"
1989:
The group Just Desserts disbanded
1993:
Acted in Kelly Reichardt's "River of Grass"; also edited and served as an associate producer
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Formed the musical group Just Desserts with Tom Laverack and others
1999:
Played a drugged out man in "Bringing Out the Dead"
1982:
Worked on eight episodes of the public access cable show "Be Mee TV Presents"
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Education

New York University: New York, New York -
Phillips Andover Academy: Andover, Massachusetts -

Notes

Glass Eye Pix has a website at www.galsseyepix.com

"I can easily talk in front of a sophisticated film audience and be the bad boy who makes horror films. But when I speak in front of horror audiences, I feel I'm not really delivering." --Larry Fessenden quoted in Time Out New York, February 7-14, 2002.

"My agenda is to take people into a disorienting place where they're both thinking about horror and how it plays into our lives as well as experiencing the movies." --Fessenden to Salon.com, February 26, 2002.

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wife:
Beck Underwood. Artist. Collaborated on "No Telling".

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father:
Hart Fessenden. Banker. Appeared in "Experienced Movers" (1985) and "Habit" (1997).

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"Low Impact Filmmaking: A Practical Guide to Environmentally Sound Film & Video Production"

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