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Fade (2008)

Not Rated | | Sci-Fi | 24 June 2008 (USA)
A quiet exploration of the philosophies of freedom and existence set in the guise of a minimal science fiction tale, ala Solaris or 2001: A Space Odyssey. Chloe374 lives a bland and ... See full summary »


Cressa Maeve Beer (as Christopher Michael Beer)


Cressa Maeve Beer (screenwriter) (as Christopher Michael Beer)


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Credited cast:
Adia Morris Adia Morris ... Chloe
Emily Fradenburgh ... Anna
M. Scott Taulman M. Scott Taulman ... Man in Gas Mask
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Mariska Baranczyk Mariska Baranczyk ... Worker
Randy Baranczyk Randy Baranczyk ... Two
George Val Beer George Val Beer ... Attendant
Michael Cook Michael Cook ... Worker
John Edel ... Worker
Derrick Flewellen Derrick Flewellen ... Worker
Matt Franta Matt Franta ... Worker
Martelle Hawkins Martelle Hawkins ... Worker
Erik Hoover ... (voice)
Larry Kaplan Larry Kaplan ... One
Pamela K. Kaufman Pamela K. Kaufman ... Mother
Hannah Kritzeck Hannah Kritzeck ... The Leader


A quiet exploration of the philosophies of freedom and existence set in the guise of a minimal science fiction tale, ala Solaris or 2001: A Space Odyssey. Chloe374 lives a bland and unquestioning life in an underground facility governed by Orwellian forces. When she is given charge of a disobedient resident, her curiosity is spurned, and she decides to explore the forbidden outside world in order to discover meaning for her life. Shot as part of the director's university thesis. Written by Rogue Cinema

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spare minimalist spin-off of Uncle George's THX-1138
4 January 2012 | by huspomikeSee all my reviews

Well, I'll assume you all saw G. Lucas's first 'feature', "THX-1138".

Resident of bland and confining futurustic dystopia lives underground, then gains the idea that they need to see the above-ground world.

Yawn. FADE captures this notion perfectly for the first 48 of its first 70 minutes. The visual design is a bit remarkable in that the director and his production team have found a real bland generic facility in which to film; where Lucas went just a little whizz-bang with some futurism props.

FADE differs in that the life above-ground is explored in minor detail, and another existence different than that of our protagonist (Chloe374) is introduced to the audience.

As other reviewers reflected, FADE feels more like an art project than a movie or a narrative. Yet it was still good visual art, creative design and fine to look at.

Where FADE suffers is the audio engineering. Since the late 1930s, and certainly as a finished concept by the 1940s, Hollywood film production learned that actors often needed to record their lines at greater than a whispered voice. And the MPSE specialty has known forever that whispered lines need to be ramped up farrrrrrrrrrr into the audible range, and all dialogue needs solid transmission, enough to overpower the film's music portion, which is intended as a pure background or mood-establishing portion.

Director Beer and his team have found some nice musical pieces, yet I will repeat: they belong in the background, not overpowering conversation.

Yet FADE apparently occurred without the use of any audio engineering, and it suffers considerably because of this failing.

At mid-film, critical dialogue which inspires Chloe374 to look further is whispered a foot and a half across pillows upon a bed. Sadly, director Christopher Beer chose to record this dialogue as the same filmed whisper, using apparently the camera-microphone, held 4-5 feet away. Absolutely unintelligible.

Later in the progression, there is apparently more expository dialogue between Chloe374 and the beings which make their life above the surface. Again, absolutely unintelligible.

'Shots' like these were meant to drive the film/art forward, and their lack of listenable dialogue had really derailed the film/art for me.

To barely salvage the notion of continuity, the director inserted chapter-like titles such as: "Sadness, loneliness, exhaustion". These helped but didn't save the narrative.

I welcome the notion that director Beer went beyond G. Lucas's story, and showed what a train wreck the surface world seemed to be.

But the pivot of this film/art was the notion of escape or progress, and I was honestly unable to catch on to how that occurred.

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Release Date:

24 June 2008 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Lanesboro, Minnesota, USA See more »


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$10,000 (estimated)
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1.85 : 1
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