Dim the Fluorescents

Synopsis: 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. When they book the biggest gig of their careers at a hotel conference, they commence work on their most ambitious production to date.
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Director(s): Daniel Warth
Production: levelFILM
  1 win & 1 nomination.
Rotten Tomatoes:
128 min


Which is, uh, why

it's always a good idea

to, uh, personalize

your incentives.

[projector clicks]

Uh, next, we'd like to give

you a little demonstration

of some of the principles that

we've discussed here today.

Um, enjoy!

[door opens]

[tape switch clicks]

[indistinct chattering]

[telephone ringing on tape]

[ambiance grows louder]

- [clamoring stops]

- [telephone ringing]

MultiCorp Industries, this is Catherine

speaking. How may I help you?

Frankly, I'm not sure

that you can.

Well, surely, I can be

of some assistance.

My name is Gertrude Alan. I don't have

much time. I run a very large company.

Well I understand, Ms. Alan, we're

all of us very busy these days.

Oh, well, with faulty products like

yours, I don't doubt that you are.

- I'm sorry you feel that way.

- Products have come to me damaged, Catherine.

And how do you explain

such slip-shod service?

[Lillian] Well, this is the first

I've heard of such a problem.

Thank you for bringing it

to my attention.

This is more than

just an inconvenience.

Tell me that

you understand that.

- I understand.

- [sighs] Picture this, Catherine.

Picture a middle-aged, slightly

frazzled, overworked executive, okay?

And she comes in

just like she does everyday

and she has her mug of coffee,

and the mug has

a picture of her dog on it

that's slowly peeling,

you know? It's faded.

So, she comes in

and she hasn't had much sleep,

she's just returned from

a long absence,

and her department has just

gone to pieces without her.

Everything's just fallen apart without her.

Are you still there?

[Lillian] I'm seeing it.

I'm 42 years old, Catherine.

[Lillian] Ms. Alan, I'm I'm confident

that if you just tell me what ha...

Once, I tried

to change things.

Can you picture me with kids?

They told me I was too old but

I, I was reasonably healthy

so I thought to myself,

"Yes, let's see this through."

And I...

I just don't know...

- [cries]

- I'm sorry.

Things were going to be

different, Catherine. Better.

I wasn't going to work my life away.

I was going to be home more.

But, no, not for me.

All right. I just try

to stay busy.

I focus on the task at hand, I

just get through it day by day.

Maybe that will be enough.

This could have been

a good day.

- Why don't you tell me what happened?

- I opened it up

- and it was all fucked!

- It's not supposed to be...

[shouting] Can't I just have

this one thing, Catherine?

- [firmly] It's not supposed to be like that.

- You can't help me.

Listen, I can't pretend that I know

what you're going through right now.

But you can rest assured that

MultiCorp will make this up to you.

- How?

- Well, for starters,

we're going to resend all your

product at no extra charge,

and we'll even throw in

a few more on the house

as a token of appreciation

for your business.

Well, thank you.

I really appreciate your

understanding in this circumstance.

- Catherine?

- Cathy, to my friends.

I'll give you a call

in a week's time

just to make sure that everything's

been resolved to your satisfaction.

How does that sound?

Cathy, I can't complain.

I'd like to announce

that that was great.

Really? I felt better

about it in rehearsal.

They liked it,

and you, they loved.

You don't mind that I ad-libbed, right?

I loved your writing.

- It felt very natural.

- Yeah. I've realized I guess, in the moment,

that I didn't really

know her, you know?

That's not purely

a script criticism,

my performance

was a bit inhibited.

I think there's a lot of great

stuff to take from this.

- Agreed.

- Absolutely.

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