The Commissariat of Enlightenment

A cautionary tale about the perils of giving. Physical therapist Cynthia has dedicated her life to the service of others, but her altruistic zeal can't mask her terrible loneliness. Cynthia needs something, or someone, to fill the void. That someone enters Cynthia's life in the form of Donna, a strangely compelling homeless girl she encounters on her daily commute. Cynthia decides to reach across the divide that separates them and help Donna. Donna has been waiting patiently for that help, like a spider waits for a fly. Once Donna has Cynthia in her web, Cynthia's life will never be the same.


Sandra Oh – Cynthia

Michelle Krusiec – Donna

Howard Hesseman – Mr. Cline

Nicolas Coster – Mr. Edelman

Gildart Jackson – Roy

Man in pool – Jeff Doucette

Woman in pool – Phyllis Tell


Directors: Todd Smith and Michael Stone

Writers: Michael Stone and Todd Smith

Producers: Susan Thampi and Jonathan Hludzinzki

DP: Harris Charalmbous

Production designer: Elaine Carey

Costumes: Stephanie Strait

Editor: George Mandl

Sound design: Philip Blackford

Composer: Joseph Bauer

AD: Mynor Sosa and Daniela Schrier

Lead make up and hair stylist: Klexius Kolby

Hair: Pavy Olivarez

Make up for Sandra Oh: Susanne Rodier and Michelle Teleis

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The Commissariat of Enlightenment

Todd Smith

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