Impossible Light (SXSW 2014)

MV5BNjY3MzE0OTE3OF5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwODM2NjM2MDE@._V1_SY317_CR12,0,214,317_By: Mitch Hansch (Three Beers) –

On March 5th, 2013 over 25,000 lights of the LED powered variety lit up the San Francisco Bay Bridge and the San Fran skyline as an artistic piece on one very large canvas.  Director Jeremy Ambers treks the project’s conception thanks to Lukas Haas look-a-like Ben Davis who was part able to help raise an $8 million dollar budget and wisely able to snag artist Leo Villareal, whose talents brought it all to life on a bridge that stretches 1.8 miles.

A Toast

With documentaries, having an interest in the subject matter shouldn’t be a necessity on whether you, the viewer, can enjoy the film or not.  In fact, it’s so much more rewarding when a doc can shed light on something that may be entirely out of your wheelhouse.  I don’t know much about anything when it comes to architecture and/or large scale public art displays, unless you count the time I lined up the 56 buffalo wings I had just eaten and photographed it, but first time director Ambers is able to shed those 25,000 lights in the ‘dare to dream’ inspiring documentary that is Impossible Light.

Ambers, whose background is in editing, has a way of really getting across the deep admiration and true respect that everyone involved in this film has for the past, present, and future of the Bay Bridge that all too often plays ‘second fiddle’ to the Golden Gate’s ‘big papi’ fame.


Beer Two

At times Impossible Light bogs itself down by focusing a little too heavily on the people who were behind the idea instead of the hard working blue collar people who physically made it happen.


Beer Three

Personally, I am very scared of heights.  This isn’t so much a criticism on Jeremy Ambers’ film so much as the fact that I had to endure watching grown men and women harnessed to the great tops of this mighty bridge.

In short- I got real scared.



Jeremy Ambers’ directorial debut Impossible Light is an ‘enlightening’ and artistic trek to the top of one of man’s greatest achievements.


Drinking Game

Take a Drink: for every curse word said.

Take a Drink: when archival footage is shown.

Down a Shot: when the bridge is finally lit up.

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