Jack is a scrappy fifteen-year-old, growing up in a rural town and looking down the barrel of another bout of summer school. Burdened with an oblivious mother, an absent father, and a violent bully, Jack has learned to do what it takes to get by. After his aunt falls ill and a runty younger cousin comes to stay with him, the tough teen is set on a course to discover the importance of friendship, family, and looking for happiness even in the most desolate of circumstances. Unfolding over the course of a single summer weekend, King Jack is a tough and tender coming-of-age story from first-timer Felix Thompson. With a keen sense of the perceived heightened stakes that seem to typify all of teen existence, and a beautiful sense of a unique place and moment in time, Thompson brings to life one boy’s rough-and-tumble daily life as he grasps for happiness in a way that is both specific and widely resonant. —Cara Cusumano
Drama, New York, NY Director(s)
About the Director(s)
Felix Thompson is a graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. His previous short films have been in competition at festivals such as SXSW, Tribeca and the BFI’s London Film Festival. His first short film “Bedford Park Boulevard” was awarded a grant from the National Board of Review and also picked up the top prizes at NYU’s First Run Film Festival in 2010. “King Jack” is his first feature film and was selected for the Sundance Creative Producing Labs along with producer Gabrielle Nadig. Felix received his MA in Screenwriting from the Royal Holloway University of London and currently lives in New York City.
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