Edgor & Izzy

 

Two brothers find themselves adrift within a nightmarishly fantastical landscape of their own psychological making, forced to work together to overcome their differences in order to escape from the haunting specter of their innermost fears and weaknesses.

 

 

Straight-laced, neurotic Edgor awakens in the middle of the lonely desert-scape of a ruined world, accompanied by only an abandoned car and the dead body of his latest love. After a quick burial, he heads to a nearby hotel where he finds Izzy, his rampaging Id of a brother, and forcefully enlists him in his quest to discover how their reality has become such a distortion. As they struggle to reconcile their own differences in order to navigate the series of increasingly surreal obstacles and figure out how they can put everything back in its right place, they will encounter darkly magical apparitions, soul-sucking plastic people, and the realization that they may ultimately be more responsible for their own fate than either would care to admit.

A cerebral, darkly comic fantasia about the lengths to which we go in order to distance ourselves from our worst psychological impulses, unaware that by doing so we are only pulling ourselves into deeper levels of self-defeat, Edgor and Izzy is the debut feature film of Writer-Director Darrell C. Hazelrig. A longtime fixture of the Atlanta filmmaking community, Hazelrig has directed over a dozen short films and his work has been programmed in festivals all over the country.

Edgor and Izzy represents an opportunity to be involved in a project that has the potential to serve as a defining moment for a community that is finally ready to come into its own on a national stage. The state of Georgia has a long relationship with the film industry – from Deliverance and Smokey and the Bandit in the 70s to Forrest Gump and Driving Miss Daisy in the 80s and 90s, major Hollywood productions have been shot and based in the state for decades. Recently, we have seen a tremendous uptick in production thanks in large part to the generous tax breaks that the state has been offering visiting productions. In the 2013 fiscal year alone, the film industry pumped $933.9 million dollars into the Georgia economy, an increase from $880 million the previous year. We are home to the highest-rated television show on TV (The Walking Dead), as well as the shooting location for the final installments of the Hunger Games series of films, the latest of which, Mockingjay: Part I, was the highest grossing film of 2014, pulling in over $330 million. Between Screen Gems and Pinewood studios alone, we are home to production facilities that measure in excess of 300 acres.

In short, all eyes have been shifting to the Southeast for the last several years, and the region is poised for a breakout film that will put it on the map as not only a production hub, but a creative one as well. Beyond the economic incentives, one of the major attractions of Georgia as a filmmaking hub is the strong crew base that calls the city home. Atlanta has had it’s own independent filmmaking scene for decades, and now we are beginning to have enough exposure, as well as enough of an industry presence, to really put ourselves on the map.

Edgor and Izzy is the perfect project to do so because it has the potential to be a film of genuine artistic impact. While the story plumbs the darkest depths of our emotional and psychological frailties, it does so in a way that is not only humorous and entertaining, but by extrapolating them and developing them into a symbolic world that will be unlike anything that audiences have ever seen before. Edgor and Izzy represents a journey, for both the crew and the audience, into a realm that will leave them spellbound while also grabbing onto their minds and hearts, leaving them breathlessly revitalized by the inherent cathartic and escapist possibilities of cinema in its purest form.