Ever since the release of the Lord of the Rings trilogy in the early 2000s, the once-dormant fantasy genre has proven to be a vital commercial force both nationally and overseas. Edgor and Izzy is unique in that it uses fantastical elements in order to address adult themes and emotional subtexts. Yet while every danger that the lead duo face are in some way an extrapolation of their internal psychological conflicts, they will be presented in a way that will be entertaining and engaging on a purely visceral level. By employing the most unique and ethereal real-life locations possible in order to craft a fantastical, yet grounded world (akin to films such as Tarsem’s The Fall) as well the most innovative special effects options, viewers will be presented with a world that they have never seen before, yet which they will absolutely believe in.
The hunger is out there for intelligent fantasy. Edgor and Izzy, with its fantastical handling of sophisticated themes, is the perfect film both for people who crave deeper meaning in their films as well as those who don’t realize they need it but merely want to be transported to a wondrous place that they never could have imagined otherwise.
The marriage of fantastical elements with psychologically relevant themes is one that is very familiar to the production team. Hazelrig’s 2011 short film The Dark Companion told the story of Howard, a puppet who is plunged into an existential crisis and subsequent nervous breakdown when he realizes that he, and only he, can see his handler – a dark, ever-present figure that looms over him and controls his every move.
While expertly written and directed, the film, by utilizing a form that has been traditionally associated with children’s entertainment (puppetry) to tell a darkly comic adult story, was able to achieve a masterful juxtaposition of tones that elevated it above merely a bleak examination of modern identity and into the realm of an uncommonly incisive comedy. Much like Kubrick’s Doctor Strangelove: Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb, was able to make it’s apocalyptic themes palatable to a mass audience by wrapping them within the sharpest of wit, The Dark Companion addressed issues usually reserved for musky art-houses in a manner that made it a hit, becoming an official selection after submission to the following festivals:
2012 Atlanta Film Festival
2012 L.A. Comedy Short Film Festival
2012 Tupelo Film Festival
2012 Laugh Track Comedy Festival (Best Film)
2012 Indianapolis Film Festival
2012 Sidewalk Film Festival
2013 Oxford Film Festival (Special Jury Citation)
2013 Laugh Out Loud Comedy Film Festival
2013 Laugh or Die Comedy Festival
After being screened at the L.A. Comedy Festival, the film was invited to the following:
2012 Lighthouse International Film Festival
2012 TriMedia Film Festival
2012 Arizona Underground Film Festival
2012 Friar’s Club Comedy Film Festival
2013 Waterfront Film Festival
2013 Dragon*Con Film Festival
Everywhere it played, audiences responded rapturously, building an audience of film-lovers chomping at the bit for Hazelrig’s next effort. Now, he is taking the next step and developing a feature film, and the core of our release strategy will be to tap into these pre-existing markets in anticipation of a festival run that will pave the way for individual bookings, both locally and across the country, and an eventual release via online and VOD platforms.
While festival submissions and four-walling are a potentially risky route to attempt, we genuinely believe that it is the best way to foster the intimate audience relationship that will ensure the widest possible success for what is ultimately a very personal film. By relying most heavily on screenings that will provide an intimate experience with the filmmaker present, audiences will have a unique opportunity to engage directly with the intricacies behind this unique and artistic endeavor. The film's reputation will only grow from there, and word of mouth will carry us to its eventual release and endurance as a must-see event.