Dark Fall Takes Top Honors At NYSFF

As reported by Ray Schweibert for the Atlantic City Weekly


Dark Fall, Alex DePhillipo and Andrew Gessler's film about the southern New Jersey surf community, took home both the Best Feature Film and Viewers Choice awards at the third annual New York Surf Film Festival (NYSFF). The festival was held last weekend, Sept. 24-26, at the Tribeca Cinemas in downtown Manhattan.

Dark Fall was one of 10 officially selected, feature-length surfing films and two cult classics screened, winning the top-two awards presented annually. It was up against a wide range of international films, according to the festival's Web site (nysff.com), from an ultra-high performance "shred biopic," to a documentary following the lives of Palestinians and Israelis finding a common bond in surfing, to a film about a group of local surfing heroes who challenge convention and are able to make a living through surfing and hard work in the most unlikely of places.

"This is one of our strongest programs ever," co-founder Tyler Breuer said prior to the festival's start.

Dark Fall premiered at Showboat's House of Blues in Atlantic City on July 16. The film was such a hit with the local public it was shown again in A.C. about a month later.

For more info on Dark Fall, head to darkfallthemovie.com.