Fade Out is a short film about an aging actress, who is desperately trying to keep herself together on the night of her movie premiere. Feeling suffocated by crazed fans, overbearing photographers and pushy managers, the experience quickly takes an absurd turn. The Actress begins to lose her grip on reality, and is unable to distinguish between what is real and what is fantasy. It is not until she is alone in the privacy of her home, that the Actress is finally able to remove her facade and escape the torments of her mind into silence.
As a professional actress for almost a decade, I wanted to create a film that touched on themes like age, beauty and celebrity. But in the end it was the exploration of fantasy versus reality that I was most drawn to. Reality is subjective. Our perceptions of ourselves and of the world are just as valid as the experiences we live. The actress is our touchstone who is adored and supported but who’s own insecurities keep her from truly enjoying the one thing she has dreamt to attain her whole life.
Agam Darshi : Director, Writer
Agam Darshi is a busy Canadian actress and filmmaker originally from Vancouver, BC and currently based in Los Angeles, CA.
Agam was born in England and raised all over Canada. She attended the University of Calgary where she graduated with a BFA in Visual Arts and Theatre, and then went on to complete the Film Arts program at Langara College with a focus in screenwriting. The last film she wrote and produced was entitled Bollywood Beckons (2008), which went on to tour the festival with great success. Fade Out is Agam’s directorial debut.
Agam Darshi also co-founded Western Canada’s very first International South Asian Film Festival (VISAFF). Currently in it’s fourth year, the festival focuses on ‘bridging the gap’ between South Asian talent and mainstream audiences, by breaking stereotypes and expanding North American views on the artists within the culture.
As an actress, Agam is recently spent time in Toronto playing Khali Bhatt in the CTV series Played, for which she was nominated for a Leo Award for best supporting actress. Agam is also known for her role as Kate Freelander, in Sanctuary (Syfy/Space) for which she was nominated for 2 Constellation Awards. Agam was also a series lead in season 1 of Dan for Mayor (CTV) for which she earned a Canadian Comedy Award nomination for best ensemble. She played Aparna in the mega blockbuster hit 2012, and Saphira the Canadian indie Excited, directed by Bruce Sweeney for which is nominated for a LEO award for best supporting actress. Agam also completed a lead in the NBC pilot County, created by Emmy Award winner Jason Katims (Friday Night Lights), as well a lead in Bruce Sweeney’s Crimes of Mike Recket which premiered at TIFF 2012, and for which she won a Leo Award.