Surfing comes to life in Alex DePhillipo’s new documentary, Dark Fall, which pairs the visual brilliance of East Coast beaches with a compelling look at how an unlikely crew of New Jersey natives carved out careers in pro surfing. Two years in the making, shot with the super high-definition RED camera, and accomplished with limited budget, the film follows the surfers through a year of wave riding, including sojourns to Hawaii and Tahiti, where the sport’s global elite discuss their respect for New Jersey’s driven breed of watermen.
While showcasing a wide range of Jersey talent doing aerial acrobatics and logging massive tube rides, the film spotlights Sam Hammer of Lavallette, Zach Humphreys of Margate, Clay Pollioni of Ortley Beach, and Andrew Gesler of Ocean City, who narrates the film. You’ll also meet 42-year-old veteran surfer Dean Randazzo of Somers Point, who surfed on the World Tour in the 1990s.
The mostly Jersey soundtrack includes songs from JumpShip, Chris Arena, and the Bouncing Souls. There’s even a tribute from Bruce Springsteen—a surfer himself during his early E-Street years, who is still known to pop up at the famed surfing break of Manasquan Inlet.
The film will air at the Tuckerton Seaport on August 5, LBI Foundation of the Arts and Sciences on August 6, and Asbury Park’s Paramount Theatre at the end of the month. Visit darkfallthemovie.com for more information.