Press & Awards

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The 29th Annual Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival
Spirit of Independence

Bulleit Frontier Filmmaker 2014
Winner, Jayce Bartok

On Location: Memphis International Film and Music Festival 2014
Winner, Best Feature

Dance on Camera 2014
Official Selection

Woods Hole Film Festival 2014
Official Selection

Stony Brook Film Festival 2014
Official Selection

Sedona International Film Festival 2014
Official Selection

First Time Fest 2014
Official Selection

Chelsea Film Festival 2014
Official Selection

Flyway Film Festival 2014
Official Selection

Fort Lauderdale Film Festival 2014
Official Selection

Kansas International Film Festival 2014
Official Selection

Napa Valley Film Festival 2014
Official Selection



from Film Threat
“These universal themes and ideas are what makes the film successful on a base level, but the performances are what elevate it. Rubin-Vega’s Sheila is of particular note, as she shows an impressive range throughout.”

Offstage with Dancer and Actor Katherine Crockett
Tracy’s New York Life, May 6, 2014

Bulleit Bourbon Partners Up with First Time Fest and Director Jayce Bartok in NY
The Examiner, April 5, 2014

Daphne Rubin-Vega Stars as a Troubled Dancer in the Movie ‘Fall to Rise’
The Examiner, April 5, 2014

‘Fall to Rise’ to Have World Premiere at First Time Fest
Fox 8 New Orleans, April 2, 2014

First Time Fest 2014: ‘Fall to Rise’ Review
Movie Buzzers, April 2, 2014

Daphne Rubin-Vega’s Pants Got Stolen From Film Set
Page 6, March 20, 2014

Tunie, Rubin-Vega, Crockett, Richardson Topline ‘Fall To Rise’
Variety, April 30, 2013

Artists Find Benefactors in Web Crowd
The New York Times, March 16, 2012


What People Are Saying

Fall to Rise is a heart filling drama about the outstanding dedication of dancers to their art. Director Jayce Bartok beautifully captured the emotional difficulties of dancers coming to terms with age and identity.”
— Robert Redford

“This film takes a very serious look at the identity crisis every serious dancer faces when facing a loss of their art, and also gives us insight to the extraordinary bonds we all build as professional dancers within a company. This story speaks for so many of us and for the intensity, both high and low that come along with being a part of this art form. It gives a beautiful heart-wrenching nod to those special souls who come into, or back into, our lives to help us through it all.”
— Wendy Whelan

“Daphne Rubin-Vega gives a performance that’s raw, real, funny, passionate, and full of aching humanity.”
— Michael Musto, Out/Advocate

“Writer/director Jayce Bartok and producer Tiffany Bartok have delivered a punch with Fall to Rise. It’s emotional, uncomfortable, and raw.”

Fall to Rise pulls the curtains back on the politics and emotional lives of dancers of a fictional modern dance troupe. Leads Daphne Rubin-Vega and professional dancer Katherine Crockett are superb actors and manage to pull off something truly memorable in Jayce Bartok’s debut feature.”
— Adam Schartoff,

“With grace and grit, FALL TO RISE takes an uncompromising look at dance, motherhood, infidelity and choices that must be made. Visually beautiful and beautifully acted.”
—Robert Hawk, FilmHawk

“The film also delivers powerful, expressive dance sequences providing highlights graced by the sublime skills of Katherine Crockett and Desmond Richardson, giving Fall to Rise a stunning platform that brings alive voices who are exploring their own self-expression, their relationship with children, friends, family and most of all with themselves.”
— AND Magazine

Rating 8/10: “An engaging study of the emotional difficulties of coming to terms with losing one’s identity. As someone who considers The Wrestler and Black Swan two of the finest films of the last decade, I think that Bartok has already found himself in good company with his very first feature as a writer/director.”
— Movie Buzzers

“Bartok is a director whose future work should be anticipated with enthusiasm.”
— The Hunter Word

“Remarkable, convincing, very physical lead performances by Daphne Rubin-Vega and Martha Graham dancer Katherine Crockett.”
— John Beifuss of the Memphis Commercial Appeal

“Daphne Rubin-Vega strips down and sheds her skin to reveal one of her most delicious and vulnerable performances.”