Our Conversation with Izzy Lee

Izzy is a director, writer, and producer, and is a veteran this year!

Which of your achievements to date are you most proud of?

That’s a tough one to answer. I’m always evolving. However, my new upcoming short RE-HOME is something I’m proud of, both in content and technical achievements. I had two locations and 12 total hours of shooting time, plus a 6-month-old baby, dolly shots, and a split diopter on this one. As for the story, it takes place assuming that the horrible border wall has been built and that the US is too expensive for most people to survive in.

I’m also proud of being a published short story author of horror fiction.

What’s your favorite horror film and why?

There are so many, but I’d have to say John Carpenter’s The Thing for sheer paranoia, amazing special effects, story, acting, and pace. I find it mesmerizing.

Who is your hero in the horror world and why?

John Carpenter. Legend. Enough said.

Share a practical tip for a woman who wants to do what you do.

Don’t listen to people who always seem to shit on your parade. You’ve got to believe in yourself. If you don’t, who will?

Inspire someone who is not where they want to be in the industry yet.

It all starts with you. However, be kind, be respectful and open, and be helpful if you want to get your foot in the door. Don’t just come at people with a “gimme” attitude.

Scare the crap out of us with something you have done or plan on doing!

I’d say you’d have to read one of my stories or see one of my scarier films. And did you ever notice that the leaves are the most beautiful just before they die? (That’s a line from one of my upcoming fiction stories, “The Toy Closet.”)

What projects do you have coming up?

My short film RE-HOME, starring Gigi Saul Guerro, Morgan Peter Brown, and Kasey Lansdale. It’s a very near-future dystopian thriller that will be on the festival circuit soon.