Inspired by a New Yorker story, "Jumpers," written by Tad Friend, director Eric Steel decided to train cameras on the Golden Gate Bridge over the course of 2004 to capture the people who attempted to leap off the famed structure, the site of more suicides than anywhere else in the world. He also tracked down and interviewed the friends, family members, and eyewitnesses to further recreate the events leading up to the incident and to try to explain what led these people to want to kill themselves, especially at this specific site. The documentary's primary subjects all struggled with mental illness, including severe depression, schizophrenia, and bipolar disorders, and the documentary struggles to understand their illness while illuminating the anger and hurt of their loved ones. Most questions remain unanswered, turning on the darker recesses of the mind. The shots of the bridge wreathed in fog turn the Golden Gate into a metaphor for a bridge between life and death, sanity and mental disturbance, and extreme isolation and connection with society. Though the camera crew worked with a set of guidelines, including that they would call in someone they thought was going to jump, the documentary still includes lengthy footage of the moments leading up to and including the suicides, so discretion is advised for sensitive viewers. ~ Michael Buening, Rovi
The Golden Gate Bridge is an iconic structure; a symbol of San Francisco, the West, freedom - and something more, something spiritual, something words cannot describe.The director and crew spent an entire year focusing on the Bridge. Running cameras for almost every daylight minute, they documented nearly two dozen suicides and a great many unrealized attempts. In addition, the director captured nearly 100 hours of incredibly frank, deeply personal, often heart-wrenching interviews with the families and friends of the departed, as well as with several of the attempters themselves. THE BRIDGE is a visual and visceral journey into one of life's gravest taboos, offering glimpses into the darkest, and possibly most impenetrable corners of the human mind.
ContentsExtra features: A short feature on the making of The bridge
A message from Kevin Hines
-- San Francisco
-- Case studies.
Suicidal behavior -- California -- San Francisco -- Case studies.
Golden Gate Bridge (San Francisco, Calif.) -- Miscellanea.
Golden Gate Bridge (San Francisco, Calif.) -- Social aspects.
Video recordings for the hearing impaired.
|Publisher|| Port Washington, NY :Koch Lorber Films :2007
Distributed by Koch Entertainment,
Bourke, Alison Palmer.
Easy There Tiger, Inc.
Independent Film Channel.
Koch Lorber Films.
Koch Entertainment (Firm)
Rated R (Restricted; under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian) for disturbing content involving suicide and for some language.
Subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing.
"Production year: 2006"--Container.
DVD; widescreen presentation, 1.78:1 aspect ratio; Dolby digital 5.1 surround sound, Dolby digital 2.0.
1 videodisc (95 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.