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Inspired by invincible friendships, junior high journal entries, heart breaking crushes and the complexities of losing loved ones, jumping off bridges follows a carefree, adventurous group of four best friends deep in the trenches of adolescence.  Lauded by the Austin Chronicle as a realistic narrative portrait of love, death, and human debris as anything you're ever likely to see onscreen."  

I tried to bring an honesty and sincerity to the film, to the characters, their relationships and the aftermath of suicide. I've always felt a responsibility to bring thoughtful and intelligent teenagers to the screen. I''ve become saddened by the representation of youth in cinema in the past several years. Inspired by Mike Leigh, John Cassavetes and Jim McKay, I concentrated on creating an authenticity and naturalism that all three of those directors perfect so well.

At heart, this story is about the struggle of grief. How each of us deals with grief in our own strange and debilitating ways. How we search for answers at a time when there are none. We get lost beneath our anger and betrayal and flounder for stability and consolation. We seek comfort and solace from the people we push furthest away. It's a story about friendship, a story about strength and a story about finding hope.

-Kat Candler