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The Independent Critic

Written and Directed by
Kimberly Williams-Paisley
Kimberly Williams-Paisley, Patrick Dempsey
Running Time
14 Mins.

 "Shade" Review 
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The winner of a $10,000 Vision Award for Best Short Film during the 2006 Heartland Film Festival, "Shade" is a 14-minute film chronicling the real-life story of a woman with a rare genetic condition that causes her to constantly avoid sunlight. Written by, directed by and starring Kimberly Williams-Paisley (in her first directorial effort), "Shade" also stars Patrick Dempsey (Grey's Anatomy) as her ever-loving, constantly loyal husband. In 14 minutes, Williams-Paisley creates an emotionally raw, heartbreaking look at one woman's challenges and the courageous (or perhaps foolish?) decision she makes. For a "short," the make-up and production design is remarkably effective and Dempsey and Williams-Paisley have a nice chemistry. Williams-Paisley, in particular, offers an outstanding performance here...easily one of the best I've seen in short films in the past year. "Shade" is an marvelous short film from an actress we love and a director to be watched. Listen carefully."Shade" also features music from Williams-Paisley's husband, award-winning country artist Brad Paisley!