Fall To Rise

"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 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 Martha Graham Principal Dancer 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.

  • Jayce Bartok
    The Cake Eaters, Sunburn, Altered By Elvis
  • Jayce Bartok
    The Cake Eaters, Sunburn, Altered By Elvis
  • Tiffany Bartok
    Altered By Elvis, Sunburn, The Showdown, Jack and Paul
  • Daphne Rubin-Vega
    Key Cast
    Jack Goes Boating, Smash, Rent, Wild Things
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    Drama, Dance
  • Runtime:
    1 hour 32 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    December 1, 2014
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
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    United States
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Director Biography - Jayce Bartok

Jayce Bartok began his career most notably as “Pony” in Richard Linklater’s Suburbia. He starred in numerous indies thereafter, and was eventually inspired to write and star in The Cake Eaters directed by Mary Stuart Masterson, starring Kristen Stewart and Bruce Dern. The Cake Eaters premiered at The Tribeca Film Festival, won numerous awards, and was released theatrically and on TV where it is regarded as one of Kristen Stewart’s best performances. Most recently, Jayce completed production on his directorial debut, Fall To Rise, which he also penned, starring Martha Graham Principal Dancer Katherine Crockett, Tony nominees Daphne Rubin-Vega, Desmond Richardson, and Tony winner, Tamara Tunie. Recognized for his work on Fall to Rise, Jayce was the recipient of The Bulleit Frontier Filmmaker Award, and the film is currently playing at film festivals worldwide including the prestigious Dance On Camera festival at Lincoln Center. Next, Jayce is beginning production on his true crime thriller, Red River, starring Jason Isaacs, Patricia Arquette, Betsy Brandt, and Peter Facinelli. His past credits include co-director and producer of the award-winning documentary, Altered By Elvis, about lives changed by the King of Rock ‘n Roll, director of the short films Sunburn, Jack and Paul and Stricken, starring Hayley Mills, and writer of the SXSW winning short, Little Pumpkin. Jayce has been a regular contributor to MovieMaker Magazine, and featured in NOW WRITE! Screenwriting published by Tarcher/Penguin.

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