DIM THE FLUORESCENTS
CANADIAN DIRECTOR DANIEL WARTH’S DEBUT FEATURE SELECTED TO SCREEN IN COMPETITION AT SLAMDANCE
The renowned Slamdance Film Festival has selected Toronto-native and first-time feature film director Daniel Warth’s Dim the Fluorescents to screen in competition in the Narrative Features program, one of only 11 feature films chosen from around the world. Previous Slamdance alumni include Christopher Nolan, Marc Forster, Jared Hess, Lena Dunham, Benh Zeitlin, Seth Gordon, and Lynn Shelton.
Drea Clark, Head of Narrative Programming, says Slamdance selected the film for the “unique and genuine female friendship at the heart of [its] story, its approach to creating a story about artistic inspiration, and the consistent and touching moments of authenticity throughout.”
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 and Julie Baldassi.
“It’s tremendously exciting to have been chosen by a jury of fellow filmmakers, especially one that is eager to support unique work and promising directors,” says Warth. “My goal was to make an idiosyncratic independent feature in the tradition of Jane Campion’s Sweetie or Jim Jarmusch’s Stranger than Paradise, and, so, like those films, I’m depending on a festival to get behind this thing that we’ve made on our own terms. For many of us, Dim the Fluorescents is the first feature we’ve ever worked on and I can’t think of a better place than SLAMDANCE to host our world premiere.”
The film’s cast features an assemblage of great Toronto performers, including Dora Mavor Moore Award-winning actor Claire Armstrong (Storefront Theatre’s After Miss Julie), Naomi Skwarna (Suburban Beast’s All Our Happy Days Are Stupid), Brendan Hobin (Diamond Tongues), Clare McConnell (of Second City Toronto’s house company), Todd Graham (featured performer at Just For Laughs 42) and newcomer Andreana Callegarini-Gradzik.
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.