Brought up in Hong Kong and Singapore, Izzy started writing and directing stage plays since Form 2 (U.S. grade 8). Her senior film project from University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts was screened at film festivals around the world. Izzy built a successful career in advertising as a strategist and researcher in human behavior, social trends and popular culture. Brands she has worked with include Apple, Google, Nike, Oakley and Visa. Izzy’s personal struggle as an “accidental” breadwinner wife is the spark that led to the making of the documentary. The Big Flip allows Izzy to marry her expertise in audience research to her passion for filmmaking.
About the Film
Filmmaker: Izzy Chan
Runtime: 65 Minutes
With baby number 4 on the way, Bonnie and Chip (Portland, Oregon) are working through a delicate transition. Bonnie is frustrated by how much she is doing at home while being the primary breadwinner. Chip walks away from his flailing business to step up at home—and struggles with an identity crisis. Chuck and Amy (Washington, D.C.) are comfortable with Amy as the main earner and Chuck supplementing. But when Chuck is laid off, the loss of income is keenly felt in this modest middle-class family. Julee and Ross (Nashville, Tennessee) see their flip as temporary while Ross launches his career as an actor. They are moving the family across the country to Los Angeles with high hopes for his acting career. Fred and Robyn (Seattle, Washington) are stuck in a rut. They fell in love as young snowboarders. But 15 years and 2 kids later, Robyn feels trapped as the sole income provider. Meanwhile Fred, his professional snowboarding career over, struggles to find work. Over 18 months, The Big Flip follows the lives of these four “flipped” families where the wife wins the bread and the husband takes care of home and kids.