SLAMDANCE GRAND JURY PRIZE-WINNER
DIM THE FLUORESCENTS
IS ACQUIRED BY FILMS WE LIKE
Director Daniel Warth and Producer Josh Clavir of Clumsy Ophelia Productions today announce their debut feature film Dim The Fluorescents has been acquired by Films We Like for distribution in Canada.
FWL has been following the film since before its debut at Slamdance Film Festival, and shortly after the fest, finalized the deal.
“Dim The Fluorescents blend of razor-sharp wit, whimsy, and poignancy won us over immediately,” said Films We Like founder Ron Mann. “We are delighted to be partnering with such an exciting new filmmaker to bring this fresh and unique story to Canadian audiences.”
The film will have a cross-Canada fall theatrical release, followed by a wide digital release targeting SVOD, streaming and airline services.
“I honestly can’t think of a better Canadian home for Dim the Fluorescents than Films We Like,” said Warth. “They have put out so many of my favourite films of the new century: Tabu, Berberian Sound Studio, Like Someone in Love, and far too many others to mention. I am beyond excited for this partnership, and I know they’re going to do an incredible job bringing the film to Canadian audiences.”
Dim the Fluorescents tells the story of struggling actor Audrey (Claire Armstrong) and aspiring playwright Lillian (Naomi Skwarna), who pour all of their creative energy into the only paying work they can find: corporate role-playing demonstrations. When they book the biggest gig of their careers at a hotel conference, work commences on their most ambitious production to date, and the ensuing tensions threaten to derail both the production and their friendship.
As wryly funny as it is unexpectedly poignant, Dim the Fluorescents is a one-of-a-kind portrait of the artistic life and process in the unlikeliest of settings. A labour of love painstakingly constructed over the course of four years, the film was written by Daniel Warth and Miles Barstead – who also composed the score – and produced by Josh Clavir.
The deal was struck between FWL’s Ron Mann and Warth and Clavir in Toronto.
About Clumsy Ophelia Productions
Clumsy Ophelia Productions is a Toronto-based production company dedicated to making unconventional and aesthetically bold films at every budget level. Dim the Fluorescents is their first feature film.