Meet the filmmaker, Alex De Phillipo, creator of Dark Fall. Surfing on the North Eastern Seaboard of the USA may have attracted the myopic focus of the waveriding world during the recent Quiksilver Pro NY, but ever wonder what happens when the circus leaves town and heads for the warm autumn days of Hossegor? The encamped media circus barely scratched the surface of this rich and diverse scene, never really delved into this committed and hardcore community.?
To get a real sense of what it means to be a surfer from the Jersey Shore, one needs to enter the world of Dark Fall, the amazing film by New Jersey filmmaker Alex DePhillipo. The film follows a year in the life of a crew of hard-charging local surfers and the unique challenges they face. During frigid winter storms they wade through waist deep snowdrifts to get to the peaks, during the hot and claustrophobic summer they fight crowds and bureaucracy. These guys rip whatever the Atlantic throws at them and DePhillipo takes us from the boardwalks, to the line-ups and beyond.
The film has already picked up Best Film and Viewers Choice awards on the international circuit, making the UK Premiere of Dark Fall a must see at this year's London Surf / Film Festival in Hammersmith on 14th October. Grab a ticket here.
Festival director Chris Nelson pinned down Alex DePhillipo in an attempt to find out what makes him tick.
Did you have a background in filmmaking before Dark Fall?
I grew up and surfed here all my life. I went to film school, I went to college and University and then I moved to Hawaii in my early twenties. I worked on some pretty good films out there, I got into the industry and then one day a couple of years ago I was sitting there, and so many people out there have the same job as I do, and I thought 'Why not go home and do a film about home, there's so much history.' We have a lot of good surfers, and it's the sort of place where we don't get recognition.
© Trevor Moran