3 user

Passing Darkness (2005)

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


Kenneth Mader
1 win. See more awards »


Add Image Add an image

Do you have any images for this title?



Credited cast:
Don S. Davis ... Will
Danielle Fazio Danielle Fazio ... Samantha
Danielle Renee Fazio Danielle Renee Fazio ... Samantha
Debra Hopkins ... Elaine Ways
Gerald Hopkins ... Derek
James Lacey James Lacey ... Nemesis
Andrea Thompson ... Jessica


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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


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


Short | Thriller


Did You Know?


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 »

User Reviews

A Profound and Intensely Moving Short Film!
2 December 2017 | by nealr-67811See all my reviews

A profound and intensely moving short film which initially brings to mind Ripley from Aliens (who would do anything to protect her effectively-adopted daughter Newt), for as the story begins Elaine is summoning powerful forces within her in order to protect young Samantha from the dark forces that appear to be threatening her.

But as the story progresses it becomes more akin to the best of the old Twilight Zone episodes, both philosophical and deeply touching. (In fact, much to my surprise -- given the brevity of the movie -- I was brought to tears.)

Once again Ken Mader has made a film whose writing, acting, direction, cinematography and music seem to be from a much higher-budget studio film. Whether you like your warriors sci-fi or Samurai, don't miss it!

0 of 0 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 3 user reviews »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.


Official Sites:

Official site





Release Date:

14 September 2005 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Monica, California, USA


Box Office


$52,000 (estimated)
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Maderfilm Productions See more »
Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:




Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See full technical specs »

Contribute to This Page

Recently Viewed