First Stripe Productions
Now playing in New York , Los Angeles,
San Francisco and Chicago
Opening soon in additional markets
The Golden Gate Bridge is full of statistics. Its length is 1.7 miles. Its width is 90 ft, soaring at an astounding 746 ft in the air. It carries thousands of passengers per day, and is the chosen spot where “unofficially” 1300 men and women since 1937 have willingly jumped to their deaths. In Eric Steel’s documentary “The Bridge,” (which was meant at first as a day-to-day encounter with the beauty but turned into a day-to-day run-in with the beast) we bear witness to the self-sacrifice that occurs here. I highly anticipated seeing this film as most Americans know “The Bridge” not only as a landmark of impressiveness but also as the place where people go to end their lives. To capture this on film was going to be (of course) controversial and I was eager to see how and if Steel would pull this off. In the end he achieved the goal. I believe what makes this documentary work is the interviews with all of the families and friends of the jumpers. As the families are grief-stricken, they also seem at peace with the decisions some of their loved ones have made. Knowing that these family members are familiar with what the film is going to show, and that they are willing to speak about it, I felt like I had permission to watch. Observing these characters for the 93 minute duration of the film before they chose to end their lives gives you so much insight into the darkness of humanity. This work has a very particular audience (myself included). My suggestion: know the content before you step foot into the theatre.