USA | 2014 | Fiction | 100 Minutes | World Premiere Writer and director: Jayce Bartok Producers: Tiffany Bartok, Patrick Morris, Daniela Schrier Cinematographer: Kate Phelan Editors: Alex Kopit, Ali Muney Cast: Katherine Crockett, Daphne Rubin-Vega, Desmond Richardson, Tamara Tunie Synopsis: This engaging, richly textured drama follows a renowned principal dancer whose injury forces her out of her company and uncomfortably into the role of motherhood. She realizes that her identity depends on dance and she struggles to return with the help of another former company dancer. With its star turns by ballerina Katherine Crockett (featured in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button) and the acclaimed actress Daphne Rubin-Vega, this is a timeless tale with a distinctly New York flavor, revealing the conflict between art and life, between marriage and independence. Filmmaker bio: Jayce Bartok appeared as an actor in Richard Linklater’s SubUrbia, Sam Raimi’s Spiderman and Tom McCarthy’s The Station Agent. His feature screenwriting debut, The Cake Eaters, was directed by Mary Stuart Masterson. He has directed short films including Sunburn, Jack and Paul and Stricken. CHECK OUT THE TRAILER HERE
So excited to announce that Sunburn will be screening at the Buffalo Niagara Film Festival!! Our short will be screening on May 1st at 8:00 pm. Can’t wait to screen and be a part of this beautiful festival!
When we heard we were invited to the 2014 Sedona International Film Festival for Fall to Rise we were absolutely thrilled! After screening there in 2008 for The Cake Eaters, Tiffany and Jayce fell in love with the festival, Sedona, and the amazing Executive Director Patrick Schweiss.
Two weeks before the festival, Jayce was in an accident that left him unable to fly. Tiffany and Jayce sent Kelli and me to Sedona to represent Fall to Rise for the two screenings, something I was beyond honored to do.
The festival was fantastic. Patrick could not have been a better host, both professional and entertaining, providing a warm, comfortable atmosphere for all of the filmmakers. The events were extremely well done, the screenings carefully planned, and the staff could not have been more helpful and welcoming. Plus, Sedona could not be a beautiful place!
However, the most exciting part was the amazing feedback both Kelli and I received after the sneak preview screenings of Fall to Rise. The audiences were moved by the performances, inspired by the dance, and truly touched by the writing! All things a filmmaker dreams of hearing!! It was amazing to see our film on a big screen and hear such positive feedback!
Overall, the experience could not have been better. Many friends were made, audiences were touched, and Fall to Rise was a hit! I’m so happy to have had this experience and can’t wait to continue this journey with the beautiful film Fall to Rise! Congratulations to everyone involved!
Wishing a speedy recovery to Jayce!