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 truth on her way to redemption.

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About Passing Darkness  |  Behind the Scenes  |  Where to Watch

Award-winning filmmaker Kenneth Mader delivers a beautifully stylized, haunting film with remarkable performances by both veteran actors and newcomers alike. An Official Selection in 12 International Film Festivals and winner of multiple awards including Best Short Film and Best Actress it is now available on VOD or Deluxe Edition DVD with over two hours of Extras and Special Features.

About Passing Darkness

Combining a character-driven supernatural thriller with scenes of exciting martial arts action, this mixed-genre short finds athletic mother ELAINE WAYS (Debra Hopkins, Poker Run, Parker, “Karen Sisco”, “Melrose Place”) struggling to protect her young daughter SAMANTHA (11-year-old Danielle Reneé Fazio) from dark forces that threaten not just their lives, but her sanity.

A cryptic phone call from a mysterious couple (the late Don S. Davis, “Stargate SG-1”, “The X-Files” and Andrea Thompson, “NYPD Blue”, “24”) heightens the tension, while visions of her dead husband DEREK (Gerald Hopkins, Blood Deep, Pentathalon,“General Hospital”) foreshadow an intense emotional breakdown and the revelation of a shocking truth that leads to a surprising double-twist ending.

Behind the Scenes

Where to Watch

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You stream PASSING DARKNESS on Amazon Prime, Amazon Video, or VOD on Vimeo or you can purchase the DVD from Amazon that comes with the extras listed below.

– “Darkness Falls” a 49-minute behind-the-scenes making of Documentary
– Never-before-seen original ending
– 4 separate audio commentaries with the stars, producers and director
– 28-minute Q&A from the original cast and crew screening in Hollywood
– Internet Trailer
– Deleted scenes
– The film digitally encoded directly from the original HD Master
– Newly remastered Dolby Digital®5.1 Surround Mix
– 16×9 Anamorphic Widescreen 2.35:1 Presentation

Debra Hopkins, Don S. Davis, Andrea Thompson, Gerald Hopkins, Danielle Renee Fazio, James Lacey

Best Short Film
Best Actress (Debra Hopkins)
Best Supporting Actress (Danielle Renee Fazio)
Best Editing (Kenneth Mader)
Female Action Performer of the Year (Debra Hopkins)

Film Festivals:
2007 Action On Film Festival
2007 Dragon’Con Independent Short Film Festival
7th Annual Big Bear Lake International Film Festival (2006)
6th Annual Valley Film Festival (2006)
12th Annual Palm Springs International Festival of Short Films Film Market (2006)
2006 Spiritual Film Festival
2006 Mumbai International FICTS Festival
2005 ION International Film Festival
2005 Movienation Film Festival
2005 California Independent Film Festival
11th Annual Temecula Valley International Film and Music Festival (2005)
2005 ShockerFest International Film Festival


In memory of our friend and collegue Don S. Davis, a portion of the proceeds
from this DVD and all Downloads will be donated to the American Heart
Association in his name.