Jack Fessenden’s FOXHOLE

Jack Fessenden directed his first feature film, STRAY BULLETS, in Ulster County when he was just 17 years old. Two years later, he returned to the Catskills to direct FOXHOLE, filmed at his family’s home in Ulster County with scenes filmed here in Delaware County.

FOXHOLE’s story takes place over the span of three wars — The American Civil War, World War I, and the second Iraq War.

Filming the early period pieces can be a challenge for a modern day film with a limited budget, but the quiet town of Bovina was the perfect setting for scenes from the earlier wars. These scenes included some involving some hilly landscapes and another featuring a small town general store which was shot at Russell’s on Main Street.

FOXHOLE stars Motell Gyn Forster, Alex Hurt (Bonding), Cody Kostro (Mare of Easttown), Angus O’Brien (The Blacklist), James Le Gros (Drugstore Cowboy, Hunters) and Ani Matichak (Halloween, Orange is the New Black). The film had its World premiere at Germany’s Oldenburg International Film Festival and will have its North American premiere at the 2021 Woodstock Film Festival.


“FOXHOLE marks the second feature so far by a filmmaker barely out of his teens. Jack Fessenden wears many hats, most of them very well, teaming with a fine cast to deliver a war film where happy endings may be imagined but bloody ones are never in doubt… Fesenden directs and edits tense dialogue sequences with skill. a film that almost entirely rises to the height of its ambitions… FOXHOLE cares about the individuals tasked with fighting, in the hours that challenge them most” —The Hollywood Reporter

Visit the films official website here.