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. She is able to tackle thought provoking subject matter without ever coming off shallow or, worst yet preachy. I was lucky enough to get to watch and review her latest film Disco Graveyard (2020) but also re-watch and review The Obliteration of the Chicken (2019). In a directors statement Lee said "Disco Graveyard is a spiritual sequel to The Obliteration of the Chicken, and the most positive film I've ever made." Lets take a deep weird and wonderful dive into two short films from this exciting filmmaker.
The Obliteration of the Chicken (2019)
"The abyss is stupid"
Written, Directed By: Izzy Lee
Narrated By: Bracken MacLeod
Used with one-hundred percent stock footage this mockumentary details the meaningless struggle of an uncaring universe. Chicken is brilliantly narrated by author Bracken MacLeod (Stranded, Mountain Home) in his best Herzog impression, which sets the tone for this short. From the voice-over impression,
Well done and blisteringly clever. Fuck chickens.
Disco Graveyard (2020)
"Don't be dead. The dead are dumb. Be weird"
Directed, Written and Narrated by: Izzy Lee
Wow, what a tell. Disco Graveyard tells us why the dead are dumb and we should live and be our authentic weird-selves. Disco is a clever deconstruction of cheesy infomercials, but with a decidedly surreal tone.