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Litter Bug

Illegal deforestation, excessive trash deposits and an infestation of flies causes the disintegration of an offshore waste disposal facility and an engineer must evacuate her team before the island collapses.

  • Izzy Vaughan
    Second Childhood, Zero Legacy, 300 Years and Counting, Sound'Scape, S-HER, Out of Nowhere, Notes of Endurance, Next Shift.
  • Vic Vaughan
    Second Childhood, Zero Legacy, 300 Years and Counting, Sound'Scape, S-HER, Out of Nowhere, Notes of Endurance, Next Shift.
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  • Shriekfest
    Los Angeles, California
    Semi Finalist 2021
  • International Horror Hotel Film Festival
    Cleveland, Ohio
    September 10, 2020
    Third Place Winner
  • Beaufort International Film Festival
    Beaufort, SC
    February 19, 2021
Writer Biography - Izzy Vaughan, Vic Vaughan

Izzy & Vic Vaughan’s feature screenplay ‘THE SILENT RUN’ was a finalist in the 2017 Writers Lab (NYWIFT) and ‘OUT OF NOWHERE’ was a quarterfinalist for the 2017 Screencraft Fellowship. ‘300 YEARS AND COUNTING’ won Best Historical Screenplay at the Monaco International Film Festival and was a finalist at the 2019 Big Apple Film Festival in NYC. 'ZERO LEGACY' was a semifinalists at Atlanta Film Festival and ‘LITTER BUG’ was a sci-fi winner at the International Horror Hotel (2020), a finalist at the Beaufort International Film Festival, and is currently a semifinalist at Shriekfest 2021.

Their debut film, ‘S-HER’, premiered at the Paris Short Film Festival in 2017. Their latest short ‘SECOND CHILDHOOD’ won Best Film (2019) at the Brighton Rocks International Film Festival and screened at in Barcelona, Istanbul and Monaco, where it won Best Cinematography (2020). They have two shorts films currently in Post-production.

IZZY VAUGHAN spent many years as a professional singer and actor performing in Phantom of the Opera and numerous international opera and musical theater productions. She has worked as a voice-over artist for the BBC Radio Workshops, London and for Tonhaus, Toneworx, T-recs and Chroma Film+Tv Produktion, Hamburg, recording children’s books, computer games, trailers, advertisements and corporate films and has written a novel, 'Notes of Endurance'.

For five years, Izzy was the Director of the Music Department at the largest musical theater academy in Germany; the Stage School in Hamburg, where she spearheaded a teaching team of more than thirty professional singers, actors and musicians. She was also responsible for the curricular design and implementation of the vocal anatomy and physiology program.

Izzy studied voice, violin, viola and piano at the Purcell School of Music and was awarded an honours degree in Voice from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London.

VIC VAUGHAN has stage directed/produced over 70 operas, musicals and world premiere productions. In 2003 she co-founded Real Time Opera, a 501(c)3 non-profit contemporary performing arts company where she directed the acclaimed 2004 production of FEYNMAN at the Knitting Factory in NYC (in collaboration with Sō Percussion and the Yale School of Music) based on the life and works of physicist Richard Feynman. Other directing/producing credits include HAWAIIAN TAN RATFACE at Studio Z in San Francisco, and an experimental opera for sign-language PARADOX at the Transformer Station in Cleveland, Ohio, as well as several ‘pop-up’ operas.

For a decade she was the Assistant Director of Opera at Oberlin College, for whom she directed the film and video sequences for the US premiere of Olga Neuwirth’s opera LOST HIGHWAY at the Miller Theater in NYC. She was also the AD and co-producer of LEAVE ME ALONE!, a jazz opera written by and starring graphic novel author Harvey Pekar, and was development director for A HOUSE IN BALI by Evan Ziporyn which debuted at CAL Performances and went on to perform at the BAM New Wave Festival.

Vic trained as an Opera Director at Indiana University, Bloomington, and holds a Ph.D. from the University of Southampton in England. In addition to her collaborative writing with Izzy Vaughan she tutors part-time for Rose Bruford College in London and is writing a book for Routledge Press teaching historical performance style to singer/actors.

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A thinly-veiled metaphor for pollution and human greed, LITTER BUG is a science-based horror/thriller set on a reclaimed landfill island.

Multiplying in a limited gene pool, killer flies have evolved from the mishandled waste deposits. This infestation of flies and their maggoty offspring leads to toxic leachate ponds, fly strike, rotting trees, and the gory deaths of five of the crew and their resident pet goat.

‘The Fly’ meets Act One of ‘The Day After Tomorrow’.