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An Interview with Izzy Lee, Director of A Favor

by Mike Haberfelner

August 2015

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Your new movie A Favor - in a few words, what is it about?


It's about a guy (Shaun Callaghan) who helps his friend (Diana Porter) clean up her latest murderous mess. Hilarity ensues!


Speaking of favours - your worst experiences with doing someone a favour?


Nothing in particular strikes me, but generally, being let down, or worse, not getting my books or DVDs back when I lend them out... Which is rare for me to do these days.


How did the project fall together in the first place? And what can you tell us about A Favor's writer Christopher Hallock, and what was your collaboration like?


I was looking for short scripts to develop for an anthology, and though this story wasn't quite right for that, it was very funny, and I knew I had to adapt it to film in any case. I just took his words and filmed them, essentially. 


A few words about A Favor's special brand of humour, and to what degree can you identify with that style of comedy?


There's a lot of head-smacking and throwing and dragging around a body wrapped in a sheet. It's pretty hilarious. I love it because I have a deep-rooted sense of black humor. Even in my scarier films, I usually throw in something to laugh at. I have a weird sense of humor, so non-horror people usually don't respond.


What can you tell us about your directorial approach to your story at hand?


I'm pretty collaborative; if an actor feels that a sentence doesn't feel right, or if I see he or she's struggling, we'll change the dialogue on set to fit the mood. I'm not a slave to the script, because wonderful, magical moments can happen on set, and your cast will surprise you with a brilliant improvised line  --- or look. 


You of course have to talk about your cast for a bit, and why exactly these people?


Shaun Callaghan is a local metal singer and guitarist; he made a video of him drunkenly lip-syncing one of his band's (Give Zombies The Vote) songs to his cat, Bill Murray, and the video went viral. You can watch it here: ... Anyway, Shaun is a natural, and he carries the entire film. Jose Gonsalves gives great fight and Steven Lawlor-Jones turns in a strange and funny performance as the neighbor. Diana Porter is a long-time collaborator of mine, and has a lot of off-camera action, with a great scene at the end.


Do talk about the shoot as such, and the on-set atmosphere?


We didn't have a lot of time to film, so in preproduction, I hired a stunt coordinator to make sure my actors Shaun and Jose didn't hurt themselves in the fight scene.


As far as I know, A Favor has only just premiered - so what can you tell us about critical and audience reception of your movie so far? And where will it play next, and when and where will the movie be released onto the general public?


Correct---it's only played twice, and it's gotten a lot of laughs. If you're going to FrightFest this weekend, check out A Favor and lots of other awesome shorts in Showcase 1 at the PCC. They play at 11:15am on Saturday, August 29.


Any future projects you'd like to share?


I just also premiered Innsmouth (starring Tristan Risk [Tristan Risk interview - click here] and Diana Porter) at the Necronomicon Providence to a really great crowd. It flips the gender roles of Shadow Over Innsmouth in a very loose adaptation. It's quite deadly but very sexy, too. I can't wait for the rest of the world to see it. I hired Eisner Award-nominated artist Brett Weldele to illustrate our poster, and people are losing their minds over it, so that's a very good thing.


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Anything else you are dying to mention and I have merely forgotten to ask?


If anyone out there would like to contribute some funds for the next few projects, I'll be adapting stories from some amazing contemporary cult and horror authors :) is where to find me.


Thanks for the interview!




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