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‘For Izzy’ Takes a Different Approach to a Story About Addiction and Friendship

"In this industry, we are often asked to recycle...'For Izzy' has reminded us why we all wanted to be in film."

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For Izzy

Logline: A narrative feature told in a documentary format that includes mixed media, such as animation, iPhone and GoPro footage. Dede, a recovering addict, moves in next door to Laura, a young woman with ASD, and the pair form an unlikely friendship.

Elevator Pitch:

3 out of our 4 leads are female. One is LGTBQ, another is high-functioning with ASD, and the last couple are 60+ in age. They are all Asian-American. In addition, our production team and crew also consists of over 50% women and PoC. If you’re an advocate for diversity – this is your film.

That being said, this isn’t a film about diversity. It’s a universal story about family and friendship, and love and forgiveness.

Diversity extends to the visual story-telling. Our footage is from traditional high-quality cameras along with go-pros, iPhones, green screens, and animation.

Production Team:

Director/Writer/Executive Producer: Alex Chu
DP: Irvin Liu (Film Independent Fellow, Cecille B. DeMille award recipient)
Animator: Natalya Serebrennikova (Animation team for “He Named Me Malala”)
Editor: Peter Roberts (first editor President of the Directors and Editors Guild of New Zealand)
Producer/Actor: Michelle Ang (Emmy-Nominated: “Fear the Walking Dead,” “Flight 462,” “Triple 9”)

About the Film:

I’ve been incredibly moved by the team that came together for “For Izzy.” Every person is taking a pay cut and/or has turned down “higher profile” work to be a part of our film. It’s difficult to give a singular reason as to why this project is important for each of us. But if pressed to, it’s because it’s given us each a chance to challenge ourselves. In this industry, we are often asked to recycle: rebooting a stories, playing the same characters, using the same shots. “For Izzy” has reminded us why we all wanted to be in film.

Current Status: Fundraising for post-production: editing, color-grading, animation, compositing, sound mixing, music, DCP, etc.

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