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“Very rarely do you find a film, a thriller no less, with such heart beating at its core.  In Christopher Bessette’s unflinching look at modern day slavery.  Mira Sorvino and Dermot Mulroney transport us to this dark world, but with a glimmer of hope.  Trade of innocents will break your heart.”

Nicki Richesin,

“I have personally watched 400 films for this festival and with yours, I was glued from the first frame. I was captivated.”

Jennifer Corinna,
re: The Enemy God

“Trade of Innocents does an incredible job of being a powerful, tense drama.  This is an important movie and not only worth seeing but also entertaining.”



“Christopher, you are truly gifted your gentle precise leadership got performances from actors I never dreamed possible. I expect you to be up there with my other director heroes David Lean, James Cameron, Ridley Scott and Stanley Kubrick. Mark these words! We pray you find the budgets and the scripts because you are a force!”

Wendell Wilks, Producer

“This kind of thinking gives Bessette the edge…”


“Christopher is a master craftsman, thoroughly prepared, comfortable behind a camera, radiating calm, yet, so excitedly certain and focused in the moment he dances with new ideas cascading in the moment. Breathtaking to watch. He knows who he is and what he can do.”

Raymond Chandler, Producer

“Extremely powerful with a message vital for the world!”

Jeffrey Lyons,
film critic WCBS / LYONS DEN RADIO

re: Trade of Innocents

“Powerful and important new film.”

re: Trade of Innocents

“Shocking, Heartbreaking, Unforgetable!” 

Stuart Lee, WNYX-TV
re: Trade of Innocents

“The film uses indigenous people as actors and the believability is a tribute to Bessette’s skill as a director and writer.”

Cher Smith,
film critic THE CULTURE BEAT
re: The Enemy God

“THE ENEMY GOD is much better than most Hollywood movies. This is one of the great stories. It is a highly recommended movie.”

Dr. Ted Baehr,
film critic MOVIEGUIDE

“Christopher has a remarkable capacity to oversee the work of others and bring to fruition a distinctive and creative vision. His knowledge of film and television production, techniques and the visual language of the screen make Mr. Bessette a very capable producer. He delivered fresh entertaining programming that delivered significant ratings.”


Richard Landau,
Executive Producer CTSTV

“What I soon discovered that what was made was cinematic invention indeed. It was something I had not seen before, second it was done so skillfully… one of the most amazing films I have ever experienced.”

Dr. Zaven Khatchaturian,
re: The Enemy God

“This outstanding thriller with a very important message for the world, is the best I’ve seen in 2012!”

Amy R. Handler,
re: Trade of Innocents

“…isn’t that what makes a film have a legacy 50, 60, 100 years later? This film will live on in such a way… we will be looking this film up in encyclopedias in 200 years.” 

Alex Kalognomos,
festival director ARPA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL Hollywood
re: The Enemy God

“Trade of Innocents is a rare gem… it really deserves a mainstream shot. The film contains some really amazing performances from Dermot Mulroney, Mira Sorvino and John Billingsley. Billingsley gives one of his most intense and impressive performances to date. The film is very well shot and well directed by Christopher Bessette. The film is action packed and very suspenseful, as well as very dramatic. Do not miss out on this film, it is one of 2012’s hidden gems and award worthy performances.”

Mike Gencarelli
Film Reviewer

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