The locally produced, feature-length film about the southern New Jersey surf scene won the Best Feature and Viewers Choice awards
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.
(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.
Unlike most beach towns in the Northeast, Ocean City has a large year-round population and a high school right on the beach that boasts one of the most talented surf teams in the country.
Plus, the premiere of 'Bernie & Ges,' the Album of the Week and 76ers coming to Boardwalk Hall.
Dark Fall Productions, the local film production company developed by Margate resident, Alex DePhillipo, is getting ready to unleash another project.
A selection of films will feature celebrated actors such as Martin Sheen, Jenna Fischer, Demián Bichir and Topher Grace. Among the award-winning films screened will be The Giant Mechanical Man directed by Lee Kirk; The Runaway directed by Ian Power; 388 Arletta Avenue directed by Randall Cole; and Stella Days directed by Thaddeus O’Sullivan.
Dinner on the beach, anyone? The seaside area in front of Resorts Atlantic City is no longer just a place to park your beach chair, frolic in the water and gape at suntanned macho men or bikini-clad beauties. Since Nikki Beach opened on this prime beachfront property earlier this summer, it has gained a reputation as a unique place to leisurely dine on tasty international cuisine while literally a shell's throw away from the surf. "The thought process behind it all is making everybody happy," says Timothy Hughes, executive chef at Nikki Beach. "I wanted to bring everything together on one menu where anybody from anywhere can come to Nikki Beach and get something that they're accustomed to, or maybe think a little bit out of the box and get something that they've never had before." Hughes' varied culinary background makes this happen effortlessly. The New England Culinary Institute grad was employed in various ethnic restaurants, including Asian, Lebanese and Italian, prior to teaming up with Nikki Beach. During his 15-year career the Bucks County, Pa. native has worked alongside celebrity chefs Jean-Marie Lacroix, Jim Coleman and Roy Yamaguchi. Nikki Beach patrons can dine at a traditional wooden table with director's chairs; on...
So well-received was Alex DePhillipo’s film Dark Fall during its Atlantic City debut on July 16 that a second premier showing will take place Friday night, Aug. 13, at Showboat’s House of Blues. Doors open 7pm. Dark Fall is a high-definition film that follows New Jersey’s best surfers as they tackle some of the best surf [...]
Inside this week’s issue, you’ll find a shot from the premiere of the film Dark Fall, which was held last Friday at the House of Blues in Atlantic City. There is also a great photo gallery of the event up on our Web site. Click here to view it. Also new on our Web site is a [...]