HOAN ALONE: Animated Documentary About Suicide and the Hoan Bridge

Watch the doc, hear the interview with the film maker...

September 30, 2019

Milwaukee's Daniel Hoan bridge, it's one of the most iconic pieces of architecture in the city...but the bridge also has a dark side that not many people talk about, or may even know about.  It's also a popular spot for suicides.  30 confirmed suicides since the year 2000, and that doesn't account for attempts, or unreported incidents.  

Aaron Johnson has been an animator for the better part of 20+ years, and took it upon himself to tell three separate stories from real people.  People whose lives have been impacted directly by the bridge.

Related: Milwaukee's Out of the Darkness Walk for Suicide Prevention

After graduating from Columbia College Chicago in 1998, Aaron has gone on to a 20-year career in animation. Outside of his daytime professional work, Aaron has remained active in his independent filmmaking pursuits. Johnson has been recognized nationally for his independent animation including awards for animated television commercials.  He now works with Plum Media in Milwaukee.  

Milwaukee’s Daniel Hoan Memorial Bridge is the crown over Summerfest and has become one of the city’s most recognizable landmarks. But it’s also a popular site for suicides. This animated documentary explores the issues of the bridge and suicide through three intimate interviews. Follow animator, Aaron Johnson, as he shares the stories of Dave, John, and Mary.

Check out the documentary below and hear Riggs' interview with Aaron Johnson in his recent #MENtalHealthMonday Podcast.