Hoan Alone: Personal Stories from the Bridge

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.

  • Aaron Johnson
    Director
  • Aaron Johnson
    Writer
  • Aaron Johnson
    Producer
  • Aaron Johnson
    Key Cast
    “Aaron Johnson”
  • Film Type:
    Animation, Documentary, Short
  • Runtime:
    8 minutes 30 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    June 6, 2018
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
  • Aaron Johnson
  • Milwaukee Short Film Festival
    Milwaukee
    United States
    September 7, 2018
    Milwaukee Premiere
    Audience Favorite and Best Director
  • The Impact DOCS Awards

    July 25, 2018
    Award of Merit Special Mention: Documentary Short
  • Sioux City International Film Festival
    Sioux City
    United States
    September 15, 2018
    Sioux City
  • Big Water Film Festival
    Ashland, Wisconsin
    United States
    November 7, 2018
  • Chagrin Documentary Film Festival
    Chagrin Falls
    United States
    October 3, 2018
  • Strasburg Film Festival
    Strasburg
    United States
    November 9, 2018
  • Twin Cities Film Fest
    St. Louis Park, MN
    United States
    October 17, 2018
  • Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival
    Hot Springs, Arkansas
    United States
    October 19, 2018
  • Awareness Fest
    Los Angeles, California
    United States
    September 27, 2018
  • St. Louis International Film Festival
    St. Louis
    United States
    November 1, 2018
  • AnimaSyros International Animation Festival
    Athens
    Greece
    September 26, 2018
    Greece
  • Eau Claire World Film Festival
    Eau Claire
    United States
    October 19, 2018
  • East Lansing Film Festival
    East Lansing
    United States
    November 1, 2018
  • Weyauwega International Film Festival
    Weyauwega
    United States
    November 7, 2018
  • Independent Shorts Awards
    Los Angeles
    United States
    October 9, 2018
    Official Selection: Best Documentary Short
  • Independent Shorts Awards
    Los Angeles
    United States
    October 9, 2018
    Platinum Award: Best Animation Short
  • Independent Shorts Awards
    Los Angeles
    United States
    October 9, 2018
    Official Selection: Best Director (Male)
  • CutOut Fest International Animation and Digital Art Festival
    Querétaro
    Mexico
    November 1, 2018
    Mexico
  • Independent Film Night at the Newtown Theatre
    Newtown
    United States
    November 8, 2018
Distributor Information
  • Aaron Johnson
    Country: United States
Director Biography - Aaron Johnson

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.

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Director Statement

Time’s up. Apple pencils down. Two months ago I challenged myself to see what kind of story I could tell in a limited amount of time about a difficult subject matter. Six weeks of my spare time has yielded an eight and a half minute animated documentary exploring the issues of suicide and Milwaukee’s Hoan Bridge. Although this was largely a solo effort, I have to thank Dave, John, and Mary for trusting me with their very personal stories. I also have to thank Dr. Tony Thrasher and Milwaukee County Behavioral Health Division’s eagerness and support of this project. A big shout out to Lawton Hall for reaching out and his incredible post scoring work on this film. And lastly I have to thank Patty Rosek-Johnson for her infinite support and for letting me disappear, domestically, on many nights and weekends in order to meet my deadline.