Dim the Fluorescents

Dim the Fluorescents 
Daniel Warth
128 min., 2016, Canada

“Dim The Fluorescents” follows the friendship and creative partnership between struggling actress Audrey and aspiring playwright Lillian. Lacking a proper outlet for their creativity, they funnel all of their considerable passion and talent into the only paying work they can find: role-playing demonstrations for corporate seminars. With copious rewrites and rehearsals, immersive lighting and sound design, and wildly uninhibited performances, the duo attempts to elevate these ostensibly educational presentations (on subjects such as ‘Handling the Dissatisfied Customer’ and ‘Workplace Safety’) to the realm of high art… all for bewildered audiences of mid-level office employees.

When Lillian and Audrey book their biggest gig to date – at a hotel conference with an expected audience of three-hundred – the two commence what will surely be their most ambitious production to date. Over the course of their lengthy and emotionally fraught rehearsal process, two lifetimes’ worth of personal, professional and creative compromises rise to the surface 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.