Solitude by Black Sabbath

A millennial works two jobs to help support the daughter and troubled wife of his late brother while struggling to deal with his own inadequacies.

Creative team

Writer/director: AJ Vaage
Producer: Ian Fisher

Filmmaker’s statement

I wrote this film for the lead actor, Tim Walker. I had previously worked with Tim and was inspired by his mastery of his craft. I am continuously in awe of Tim’s ability to internalize and condense complex thoughts and emotions while still delivering simple, nuanced work.

Solitude by Black Sabbath follows Tim, a man working at a Toronto brewery. Set in Toronto’s West End, Solitude captures the complexities of a seemingly mundane life.

Solitude highlights Canadian artistry. It stars Toronto-based Tim Walker (Play the Film, The Neddeaus of Duqesne Island), Caitlin Driscoll (Soulpepper Theatre, Play the Film), Dalmar Abuzeid (Anne with an E, Crawford), and Sharjil Rasool (Second City Mainstage). Musical interludes are performed by Edmonton-based band Scenic Route to Alaska. All locations generously donated by Toronto businesses.

About AJ Vaage

AJ Vaage

AJ Vaage is an Edmonton-born improviser, actor, writer and all-around athlete. He began performing with the internationally renowned Rapid Fire Theatre. This led to AJ being cast in the Gemini-nominated YTV sketch-comedy show That’s So Weird, for which he won a Canadian Comedy Award.

AJ has written and directed commercials, films and web series. He has produced projects with such notable artists as Amber Nash (FX’s Archer), Michael Trevino (Vampire Diaries, Roswell, New Mexico), Jeremy Holm (House of Cards, Mr. Robot) and Brett Kissel, with several videos garnering well over 1 million views online. His most recent music video, for Jake Robertz, has been featured in festivals all over the world including London, Prague and Stockholm.

AJ is the co-creator of the popular long-form web series The Party Show and produced three short films in 2018. Along with his writing partner, Ian Fisher, AJ has written a feature film with production slated for spring 2019. AJ was also in a gum commercial that surely surpasses any success he has had or ever will. From this, he has retained an almost ‘cult-like following’ (see: Manson).

Although never taking any formal training from The Second City, he has been credited as being a Second City alumni several times by The Second City. AJ is a staple of the Toronto comedy community, consistently selling out his monthly flagship show, Lite Fun.

AJ has performed in multiple festivals around North America, including Improvaganza, Big City Improv Festival and Die-Nasty’s Soap-A-Thon, and has appeared on networks such as ABC, CBC, CW, Syfy, CMT and W.

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