A skilled martial artist must protect her young daughter from dark forces that threaten not just their lives, but her sanity, and and learn a shocking spiritual truth on her way to redemption.



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Elaine Ways
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Combining a character-driven supernatural thriller with scenes of exciting martial arts action, this mixed-genre short finds athletic young mother Elaine Ways struggling to protect her young daughter Samantha from dark forces that threaten not just their lives, but her sanity. A cryptic phone call from a mysterious couple heightens the tension, while visions of her dead husband Derek foreshadow an intense emotional breakdown and the revelation of a shocking truth that leads to a surprising double-twist ending. Written by Kenneth Mader

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The line between this world and the next has just been blurred.


Short | Thriller



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14 September 2005 (USA)  »

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$52,000 (estimated)

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2.35 : 1
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Winner: Best Short Film, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actress and Best Editing in the 2005 Movienation Film Festival. Official Selection in numerous other festivals including Temecula Valley International, California Independent Film Festival, The Valley Film Fest, Big Bear International, and the Palm Springs Shorts Market among others. This movie began its life as an idea for a scene on actress Debra Hopkins' demo reel, evolving into a short film while developing character backstory for that scene. In addition to the above-mentioned festival success, it has since helped director Mader become approved at the studio and network level, and is now being developed into a feature and television series. See more »


Referenced in Darkness Falls (2009) See more »

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enigmatic film - talented director
5 November 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I was privileged to view Passing Darkness at the Big Bear International Film Festival recently. I also enjoyed discussing this film afterwards with the passionate, talented director, Kenneth Mader. It amazed me how much action and mystery was packed into a short. Its enigmatic, although well foreshadowed ending, totally surprised me because of the many plot twists. The acting of Debra Hopkins, especially, was so dramatic but realistic, that I was totally shocked by how I'd been misled as to what the plot was really about. The thrill-building music score by Alan Derian increased the suspense. The writer/director brought out the best possible performances in the memorable actors, created an eerie mood in the cinematography and edited it with increasingly swifter cuts that brought the audience's senses reeling by the movie's end.

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