‘Dark Fall’ Dominates N.Y. Surf Film Fest

The locally produced, feature-length film about the southern New Jersey surf scene won the Best Feature and Viewers Choice awards

By Ray Schweibert
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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 (, 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.

The 'Drak Fall' cast and crew

(Pictured above: the Dark Fall cast and crew)

Along with Dark Fall, other films screened included Shadows of the Same Sun by Thomas Brookins, Idiosyncrasies by Patrick Trefz, Scratching the Surface: The Julian Wilson Project by Matt Beauchesne, 180 Degrees South: Conquerors of the Useless by Chris Malloy, The Westsiders by Joshua Leonard Pomer, Fiberglass and Mega Pixels by Derek and Craig Hoffmann, God Went Surfing with the Devil by Alexander Klein, Echo Beach by Jeff Parker and Stefan Jeremias, Thrills and Spills and What Not by Dustin Miller and Dane Reynolds, Being Captain Zero by Ama MacDonald and Somewhere Near Tapachula by Jonno Durrant and Stefan Hunt.

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