Michael edited Izzy Lee’s new weirdo existentialist film, The Obliteration of the Chickens

Synopsis: The universe does not care. The abyss is stupid. Narrated by author Bracken MacLeod, this Herzog-inspired fever dream uses 100% stock footage to reflect on the banality of existence.

Written, directed & produced by Izzy Lee
Narration by Bracken MacLeod / Edited by Michael J. Epstein

We've also worked on a number of other Izzy Lee films!


Upcoming Festivals:

Previous Festivals:

DC Shorts - Sept  10-20, 2020
Stoker Con UK - Aug 6-9, 2020
Charlotte Film Festival - Virtual - Sept, 2020
Boston Underground Film Festival (World Premiere) - Cambridge, MA - March 24, 2019 - Plays with Assassinaut
Little Terrors - Toronto, Canada - March 26, 2019
Chattanooga Film Festival - Chattanooga, TN - April 12, 2019 - Plays in WTF Block
Weird Local Film Festival - Somerville, MA - May 30, 2019
The Overlook Film Festival - New Orleans, LA - May 30 - June 2, 2019
Snake Alley Festival of Film - Burlington, IA - June 20, 2019
Popcorn Frights - Aug 8-16, 2019
North Bend Film Festival - Aug 15-18, 2019
Women Texas Film Festival - Aug 15-18, 2019
NecronomiCON - Providence, RI - Aug 24, 2019
Fright Fest - Aug 25, 2019
HP Lovecraft Film Festival - Portland, OR - Oct 4 / 6, 2019
Shawna Shea Film Festival - Oct. 4, 2019
Slaughter Movie House - Oct 17
Idaho Horror Film Festival - Oct 18
Horrible Imaginings Campfire Tales - Oct 18
Brooklyn Horror Film Festival - Oct 17-24, 2019
Morbido Film Festival - Oct 30 - Nov 3, 2019
Anomaly - Nov 8, 2019 - screens with In Fabric
Film Maudit - Nov 14, 2019

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'The Obliteration of the Chickens' (2019) Short Review - PopHorror

One of the things I love most about filmmaker Izzy Lee is that although I can always recognize her style, everything she does is unique and different from her previous project. This couldn't be truer with her newest short, The Obliteration of the Chickens.

Neaux Reel Idea (Special Edition): The Overlook Film Festival 2019 Triple Review Wrap-Around - Big Easy Magazine

The latest festival that New Orleans is happy to be hosting, The Overlook Film Festival , is one of horrific delights. From premiere screenings (like the U.S. debut of high profile zombie flick The Dead Don't Die ) and independent never-before-seens to virtual reality and immersive experiences, will give local moviegoers fun scares from May 30th to June 2nd, 2019.

Matt Wedge reports from day two of the 2019 Chattanooga Film Festival

The Chattanooga Film Festival is one of the best festivals in the United States for new genre films and retro screenings of classic exploitation and genre fare. In its sixth year, the festival is being held April 11-14, 2019. Day two! Let's just jump right into it.


Podcast (horrorbusiness): Play in new window | Download Subscribe: RSS Greetings, and welcome back to Horror Business. We have one awesome episode in store for you guys. In this episode we're talking about 2015's The Invitation and 2018's You Were Never Really Here.

The Short Films of Izzy Lee #2 (2019) - CineDump

Short films are a strange art of their own--for them to "work," they have to be perfectly paced, give just enough exposition to drag us into their world but not so much that it bogs down our interest or drags the story, and most of all, it has to leave a taste in our mouths.


Um. Okay. Right. Some things are so off-the-wall bonkers it takes a while to process exactly what it is you've just seen, let alone actually put your reaction to it into coherent words. The Obliteration of the Chickens is such an experience.


2019 North Bend Film Festival Lineup Includes Villains, Netflix Doc

Get ready for another cinephile dream trip back to Twin Peaks land because the North Bend Film Festival is returning for its second edition from August 15 to August 18 in North Bend, Washington -- the original shooting location for David Lynch's beloved show. But it's not just a trip back to David Lynch-land.

Fantasia 2019: Izzy Lee's Short Film, 'Re-Home,' Tears Down the Wall

Horror is the perfect vehicle for social commentary, Just look at George Romero's Dead films. At this point in our history/reality, America stands at a crossroads filled with desperation, fear, and frustration. We have an internal battle of compassion and hate that sometimes spills out on to the street and people get hurt.

Stellar Short Films Roundup

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The Best Shorts From FrightFest 2019 - HeyUGuys

Over thirty new shorts across three sold-out, big-screen showcases, and an entire weekend of horror and genre-themed fun - this year's FrightFest was one of the biggest ever for short form content. From comedies to mood-pieces, stop-motion to flat-out slashers, it was a truly diverse bunch, covering a wide spectrum of filmmakers and countries of [...]


It's the most wonderful time, of my year. In less than two weeks we return to CDMX and Morbido Film Fest to celebrate their twelfth year, taking to the high seas with this year's water theme, bringing local and international...

londonhorrorcomic.com " Arrow FrightFest 2019 - Short Film Showcase 2 Reviews & Videos

Service: Self-checkouts, the bane of modern supermarket shopping, is the central villain in this quirky short. An angry customer falls prey as a Wicker-Man-style sacrifice to the alter of a sentient checkout with supporting supermarket staff as devoted acolytes. A few quirky one-liners from the checkout made the audience laugh.

Black Violin's hip-hop meets classical; a Far Side close to home; a killer film fest

Black Violin is not a Frankenstein creation, where we can see all of the parts stitched together, the bolts sticking out of the neck, the lumbering gait. "We approach the performance like rappers, but the music is approached sort of like Beethoven," says Kev Marcus. Black Violin.

The Obliteration of the Chicken/Disco Graveyard Two Shorts by Izzy Lee

The Obliteration of the Chicken/Disco Graveyard Two Shorts by Izzy Lee. Izzy Lee is a filmmaker whose work I've gotten to know over the years and, its been a rare treat to see her mature in her craft. The short films she writes and directs always have a sense of dark fun but also injects her own biting social satire.

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