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Meat Friend

2022   |   8 min   |   English

An ex-con, sentient pile of hamburger meat teaches after-school lessons to a child.

CAST

Marnie McKendry
Megan Duffy

Steve Johanson (puppeteer, voice)

CREW

Director, Co-Writer, Producer: 

Izzy Lee

Producer: 

Steve Johanson

Cinematographer, Poster Artist: 

Sophia Cacciola

Editor, Sound Mixer, VFX Artist: 

Michael J. Epstein

Puppet Designer, Additional VFX Artist, Poster Artist: 

Eli Dorsey

Score Composer: 

Shayne Gryn

Assistant Camera Operator, Still Photographer:

Ryan Oksenberg

Executive Producers:

Paul Furio, Mary McDonagh, Bruce Labbate, Kevin Sluder, Carter Johnson

 

Special Thanks:

The McKendrys, Gary Sherman, Adam Egypt Mortimer, Jeffrey Stackhouse, Shane Brady, Ryan Lambert, GD Dearborn, Chris Walas

Meat Friend Poster Izzy Lee
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"Izzy Lee's new short film, Meat Friend features a sentient pile of hamburger meat taken over by an ex-con, as it teaches after-school lessons to a child. You know, the important stuff... like 'how to make it look like an accident.'

 

In a strange time, Lee felt 'When life gets weird, get weirder. The global pandemic only made us want to escape to a more heightened place, an alternate reality where the unreal can happen, where absurdity meets the vaguely sinister.

 

What will happen next? No one knows. Welcome to the world of Meat Friend!"

— Angel Melanson, Fangoria.com

Nominated
Best Short Film
Fangoria Chainsaw Awards Meat Friend Izzy Lee
Screenings & Awards

World Premiere

Boston Sci-Fi Film Festival

Somerville, MA

2/18/22

Played with CRABS! 

Renegade Film Festival

Marietta, GA

3/5/22

Finalist, Side-Splitting Horror Comedy

Boston Underground Film Festival

Cambridge, MA

3/26/22

Teenage Waterpolo (Comedy Block)

International Premiere

Fantaspoa

Porto Alegre, Brazil

4/15/22

Bonebat Comedy of Horrors Film Festival

Seattle, WA

5/7/22

StokerCon's Final Frame Competition

Denver, CO

5/13/22

Audience Award

 

Etheria Film Night

Los Angeles, CA

6/18/22

Finalist

Chattanooga Film Festival

VIRTUAL

6/23 - 6/28/22

Oak Cliff Film Festival

Dallas, TX

6/25/22

Late Night Shorts

Portland Horror Film Festival

Portland, OR

7/3/22

Abby Normal Award (exceptionally weird & disturbing)

Canadian Premiere 

Fantasia

Montreal, QC, Canada

7/15/22

Played with Blue Sunshine

Snake Alley Festival of Film

Burlington, IA

7/23/22

European Premiere 

FrightFest

London, United Kingdom

8/26/22

International Shorts Block​

GenreBlast

Winchester, VA

9/3/22

Plays with Gouge Away

Nominated for Best Midnight/WTF, Best Screenplay, Best Poster

Sydney Underground Film Festival

Sydney, Australia

9/9/22

WTF Block

WTF Audience Award

Shawna Shea Film Festival

Worcester, MA

9/21/22

Opening Night shorts block

Shawna Spirit Award

Charlotte Film Festival

10/1/22

Narrative Shorts #8

Charlotte, NC

Wreak Havoc Horror Film Festival

Winston-Salem, NC

10/31 - 11/1/22

Brooklyn Horror Film Festival

Brooklyn, NY

10/14/22

Laugh Now, Die Later block

Nightmares Film Festival

Columbus, OH

10/22/22

Never Play With Your Food block

Vancouver Badass Film Festival

Vancouver, BC, Canada

10/23/22

Nominated for Best Writing

Provoke Film Festival

Portland, Oregon

10/30/22

Asian Premiere 

Wench Film Festival

Mumbai, India

10/30/22

FilmQuest

Provo, UT

11/4/22

“Laugh It Up, Fuzzball” – Comedy Shorts Block #17

Nominated for Minerva Award

Anomaly Film Festival

Rochester, NY

11/4/22

Played with HeGBG4

Cucalorus

Wilmington, NC

11/16th & 19th

Hellbender Shorts

Soho Horror Film Festival

London, United Kingdom

11/18 - 11/20/22 online

Played with HeGBG4

Gold Audience Award

Saskatoon Fantastic Film Festival

Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada

11/19/22

Played with Glorious

Monster Fest

Melbourne, Australia

11/27/22

Trasharama Shorts

Be Afraid Fest

Gorizia, Italy

11/27/22

Horror Short Block II

BizarroLand Film Festival

Orlando, FL

12/2-11/22 online

Welcome to BizarroLand 2: Casual Swim block

South Texas Underground Film Festival

Corpus Christi, TX

12/4/22

Saturday Afternoon Shorts 

Runner Up, Best of Fest Short

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Stranger Days Independent Film Festival

12/10/22

Charlotte, NC

Best Horror Comedy

Another Hole in the Head Film Festival

San Francisco, CA

12/11/22 

Strictly Local 3

Audience Award, Best Comedy Short

FilmMaudit 2.0

Santa Monica, CA

1/14/23

Izzy Lee Retrospective

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Courts Mais Trash International Film Festival

Brussels, Belgium

1/26/23

Final Girls Berlin Film Festival

Berlin, Germany

2/4/23

Panic Fest

Kansas City, MO

4/14/23

Shorts Block #1

Jim Thorpe Independent Film Festival 
Jim Thorpe, PA
4/22/23
Grindhouse Shorts

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