Film tells the stories of a handful of individuals who committed suicide at the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco in 2004. The documentary caused significant controversy when Eric Steel revealed that he had tricked the Golden Gate Bridge committee into allowing him to film the bridge for months and had captured 23 of 24 known suicides. In his permit application to the Golden Gate National Recreation Area Steel said he intended ‘to capture the powerful, spectacular intersection of monument and nature that takes place every day at the Golden Gate Bridge.’ The movie was shot with multiple cameras pointed at a notorious suicide locale during 2004. It captures 19 people as they took their final plunge and then offers heart-wrenching interviews with grieving families.
After graduating from Yale in 1985, Eric Steel began his career as a creative executive at Walt Disney Pictures and later worked as vice president at Cinecom. In 1995, Eric joined Scott Rudin Productions as senior vice president. In 2003, he formed his own company, Easy There Tiger, and is currently developing several documentaries and features including ‘Julie/ Julia’, a co-production with Amy Robinson based on the book of the same title by Julie Powell, to be written and directed by Nora Ephron for Columbia Pictures. ‘The Bridge’ is Eric’s directorial and documentary debut.
2006, 93', color, 35 mm
Peter Baldwin, Peter McCandless