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The Obliteration of the Chickens

2019   |   4 min   |   English

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.

CAST

Bracken MacLeod (narration)

CREW

Director, Writer, Producer: 

Izzy Lee

Editor: 

Michael J. Epstein

Stock Footage:

Archive.org

Pond 5

StoryBlocks

Stock Audio:

AudioBlocks

 

Special Thanks:

Steve Johanson

The Obliteration of the Chickens poster Izzy Lee
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"This time, Izzy Lee wants you to share a sardonic belly laugh while the world burns into a cinder…

 

She cleverly recognizes and skewers the formalism and academic distance that can turn concerned outrage into a schtick. What is amazing is that Izzy Lee elicits belly laughs while still making tremendously dark observations about the pointlessness of existence and the insignificance of suffering. 

 

The Obliteration of the Chickens is not only a new tonal direction, but it may also be the birth of a new sub-genre. Absurdist Existential Horror? Cosmic Farce?"

— Scott Bradley, Hellbent for Horror

Screenings

World Premiere

Boston Underground Film Festival

Cambridge, MA

3/24/2019 

​Played with Assassinaut

International Premiere

Little Terrors

Toronto, Canada

3/26/2019 

Chattanooga Film Festival

Chattanooga, TN

4/12/2019 

Played in the WTF Block

Weird Local Film Festival

Somerville, MA

5/30/2019 

Overlook Film Festival

New Orleans, LA

5/31/2019 

6/2/2019 

Played in Shorts Block 2

Snake Alley Festival of Film

Burlington, IA

6/20/2019 

Played in the WTF Block

Popcorn Frights Film Festival

Ft. Lauderdale, FL

8/11/2019 

Played with The Unthinkable

Women Texas Film Festival

Dallas, TX

8/17/2019 

Played in the Comedy shorts block

North Bend Film Festival

North Bend, WA

8/18/2019 

Played in the Something Strange shorts block

NecronomiCon

Providence, RI

8/24/2019 

European Premiere

FrightFest

London, UK

​8/25/2019 

HP Lovecraft Film Festival

Portland, OR

10/4/2019 

10/6/2019 

Shawna Shea Film Festival

Southbridge, MA

10/4/2019 

Best Editing Award

Horrible Imaginings Campfire Tales

Santa Ana, CA

10/18/2019 

Idaho Horror Film Festival

Boise, ID

10/18/2019 

Played in the WTF block

Brooklyn Horror Film Festival

Brooklyn, NY

10/20/2019 

Played in the Head Trip block

Morbido

Mexico City, Mexico

11/3/2019 

Played in the Abnormal Vibrations block

Anomaly Film Festival

Rochester, NY

​11/8/2019 

Played with In Fabric

Film Maudit 2.0

Santa Monica, CA

11/14/2019 

Played in the Surreal Reality block

Other Worlds

Austin, TX

12/6/2019 

Played with Lake Michigan Monster

Women in Horror Film Festival

Marietta, GA

2/28/2020 

Played in the Renegade block

Nominated for Best Editing

Nominated for Best Renegade Short

LockDownCon

Virtual

6/26/2020 

Outer Dark Symposium

Virtual

August 15, 2020

8/15/2020 

Hallucinations Collectives

Lyon, France

9/4/2020 

DC Shorts International Film Festival

Washington, DC

9/10 - 9/23/2020 

Charlotte Film Festival

Charlotte, NC/virtual

9/23 - 9/27/2020 

FilmQuest

Provo, UT/virtual

2021

Played in the Fantastic Shorts block

StokerCon Final Fram Competition Festival

Scarborough, U.K.

2021

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