I just want to make to sure that everyone knows that the screencaps cannot give justice to this movie. You must view it to appreciated. So I am asking that if you can afford it to please support independent filmmakers by purchasing the DVD, which is region free.
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Here's a teaser:
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Once again, Michael did not disappoint me. I felt his character's pain when he poured out his heart to his son Zak, as well as when he no longer could hold his grief and cried. Michael knows how to create empathy. He was superb. But then again, are you surprised?
The movie's ending was very confusing. In case someone who is reading this has not seen it, I will not divulge the end. Suffice it to say that during the Question and Answer period, there were a number of questions from the audience regarding the ending. Moreover, the producers did tell us that we were not alone in our confusion.
All in all, this movie is a great tool to show in psychology classes where grief, suicide, posttramatic disorder syndrome is discussed. It is not a movie that I would recommend for your enjoyment. (Unless, of course, you want to enjoy seeing Michael Emerson on the screen.)
It is very late, and I need to go to sleep, otherwise I'd go on. But I think my synopsis gives you an idea about this movie. I am not unhappy that I went to see it, but once again, aside from the fact that Michael Emerson gave a great performance, it was not the greatest movie.
Jumping Off Bridges
(written and directed by Kat Candler)
Here’s a bit of history of Kat Candler and how she met Michael Emeron:
After the original actress cast in the role of Grove dropped out due to a family emergency, a second round of auditions was held. It was fate that Savannah Welch stepped in that day. “The character of Grove hit eerily close to home for me”, says Welch. “My boyfriend of 3 years had a suicide in his immediate family. I witnessed the grief it caused him and each family member separately, and how it affected me in turn. The character, I knew would be intense for me because of these personal reasons, but those are the kinds of roles that are most rewarding”. Welch has received rave reviews for her portrayal of Grove, Zak’s tough as nails girlfriend. Michael Emerson (Saw, The Legend of Zorro, LOST) plays the role of Frank Nelson, Zak’s kindhearted father. At the age of 15, Kat Candler and Michael Emerson both lived in Jacksonville, FL. Kat was a budding actress in high school and Michael was praised as the best actor to step foot onto a Jacksonville stage. She admired him from afar and eventually took his acting workshop. She fell in love with his intensity and his love for the stage. She got involved on his summer production of Twelfth Night working in the props department. She lent the production her parent’s expensive rug, which after production wrapped, she was too shy to ask for it back. At the tender age of 15, she didn’t want to upset one of her idols. After high school, Kat went off to college and Michael moved to
Here's Michael's bio that I found in the Jumping Off Bridges Web site:
Michael Emerson (Frank Nelson) made his
Jumping Off Bridges is a story ripped from the heart of Kat Candler’s adolescence. “I tend to gravitate towards the romanticism of youth. Everything’s so heightened and new.” Candler’s first feature film, Cicadas (2000) a teenage love story, won festival awards across the
Inspired by invincible friendships, junior high journal entries, heart breaking crushes and the complexities of losing loved ones, Kat Candler spent 2001 penning Jumping Off Bridges. The story follows an adventurous group of four best friends in the trenches of adolescence. It centers on Zak Nelson and his struggle to come to terms with a family tragedy.
Candler has been called the John Hughes of her generation, tapping into the authenticity and honesty of teenagers. The Austin Chronicle “described her as “one of the most astute observers of teenage behavior working behind a camera today, and Jumping Off Bridges, her powerful, resonant examination into the impact of suicide on those left behind is as realistic a narrative portrait of love, death, and human debris as anything you're ever likely to see onscreen." Candler's ability to take some of the darkest and most jagged truths about fear, regret, sadness, loss, suffering and pain and break them
Michael Emerson (Henry Gale, Benjamin Linus of LOST) plays the father in the movie Jumping Off Bridges. This movie is touring throughout the United States before it will be shown in theatres. I am attempting to attend the November 15 showing. (Wish me luck, because I really, really, really want to see it.)
Here's a picture of Michael (which depicts the depth that he had to undergo for this role):
If you want to see an example of his acting in the movie, take this link:
"Press Clip Four"