What motivates you to do what you do?
A drive that can only be described as a meeting point between compulsion and madness.
Who is your favorite woman who does what you do?
There are so many wonderful women directors out there that it’s hard to name only one. I’ll have to say though, both Gigi Saul Guerrero and Brea Grant inspire me. They’re both smart, funny, talented, and get shit done.
If you had one wish for women in your space in 2020, what would it be?
For women to get more funding to get more films made. This is a major hurdle, especially when you’re trying to jump from shorts to features. The road is incredibly tough.
Share a practical tip for a woman who wants to do what you do.
Go to more film festivals. See what you like, and if that filmmaker is there, make friends, see what you have in common. I’ve met many collaborators at film festivals. And keep plowing forward. There’s so much bullshit to cut through in this industry, but try to keep focused on the work.
Inspire someone who is not where they want to be in the industry yet.
Try to get on as many sets as you can to watch what the crew does. You’ll pick so much up. And keep creating to learn your craft, which is your own film school.
What scares you?
People and politicians are frightening as Hell.
What projects do you have coming up?
My shorts Re-Home and The Obliteration of the Chickens are still playing festivals. A new short, a bit of a spiritual sequel to Chickens called Disco Graveyard, is going to have its world premiere in late March.
I’m attempting to make a feature — I just don’t know which script will make it to the finish line first.
Important Links for Izzy Lee
I’ve got some short stories published, which you can find out more about here: https://www.amazon.com/Izzy-Lee/e/B01MA5GH8S/ref=sr_tc_2_0?qid=1511849356&sr=1-2-ent