FALL TO RISE
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.