An Angry White Guy in Chicago: DVD Review: The Bridge:
In 2004, 24 people chose to end their lives by jumping off of the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco. Producer/Director Eric Steel read an article in The New Yorker that declared the Golden Gate as the most popular suicide magnet in the world. After watching the devastation of 9/11 over and over (including those who jumped from the burning structure), Steel decided to place two cameras in place to film the bridge 24 hours a day for a year. One camera was a fixed point of view - a postcard picture of the bridge. The other utilized a high-powered telephoto lens and focused on the thousands of people who stroll across the bridge, leaving it up to the camera operator to fix upon certain individuals who seemed likely to jump.
All in all, the cameras captured 15 of the 24 recorded suicides from the bridge in 2004.
Once Steel had the footage of the deaths, he contacted loved ones and family members of these suicides and interviewed them to ascertain a more specific picture of these despairing individuals. The Bridge is the result.