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‘Dim the Fluorescents’ Finds the Jokes in Corporate Training Dramatics

'Dim the Fluorescents' Finds the Jokes in Corporate Training Dramatics

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Dim the Fluorescents

Logline: A struggling actress and an aspiring playwright pour all of their creative energy into the only paying work they can find: role-playing demonstrations for corporate training seminars.

Elevator Pitch: Dim the Fluorescents follows Audrey (Claire Armstrong), an actress, and Lillian (Naomi Skwarna), a writer, two best friends getting by the best they can: giving workplace demonstrations for corporate clients. With an intense acting style, dogged commitment, and overtly theatrical performances, they take advantage of their only creative outlet before bemused audiences of middle managers. When they get the biggest gig of their career they commence work on their most ambitious production to date

Last Fall we shot a demo for the film, and made a trailer, to show you the kind of film we’re trying to make.

Production Team:

Daniel Warth – Writer/Director
Miles Barstead – Writer/Composer
Director of Photography – Chet Tilokani
Josh Clavir – Producer 
Trevor Duwyn – Producer
Production Designer – Hanna Puley
Costume Designer – Jillian Kovaçik
LaRue Entertainment – Matt King & Andrew Ferguson – Executive Producer
Executive Producer – Daniel Bekerman (prior credits: “Bang Bang Baby,” “The Witch” – recently won the Best Director Award at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival)

About the Film:

We love movies. We want to make something unique and beautiful. Something specific and funny that speaks to a wide variety of people, and that’s not afraid to try for art. That’s striking both visually and emotionally. A film about two women that doesn’t treat career-mindedness as a flaw. A movie in which every character is a human trying her best. With jokes.
This film strives to be something distinctive and stylized, in the tradition of the great indie breakthrough films of the late ’80s and early ’90s, such as “Stranger than Paradise,” “Sweetie,” “She’s Gotta Have It,” and “Metropolitan.”

Current Status: We’re currently still raising funding and aiming to shoot this coming Fall, in Toronto, Canada.

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