1 hour 40 minutes
Now Available on
Blu-ray & DVD
Blu-ray, DVD and 24-page booklet included
"This documentary gave me chills to see how men & women literally risk their lives climbing these bridges high above the ground to paint them, etc. I highly recommend the documentary "Bridge Brothers" which can be rented or purchased on Amazon!!!!!! A powerful portrayal of what families have to go through every day to support their loved ones. While this documentary focuses on the painters of the Philadelphia area bridges, it gave me new respect of the hard work that goes behind crossing over a bridge."
"It is the only movie I have every seen that shows how hard construction work really is, we need more of these on the other trades to show why the trades get paid what seems to be a lot, but really isn't given the hard and dangerous work that most of them perform."
"Awesome work! This is what America is all about. Great stuff! People like this keep America running. You did a great job. A+"
"Just watched the other night! It was great. Recommend everyone take a watch."
Special Thank you to
Delaware River Port Authority
Bridges are in decay across the U.S. To keep these massive structures standing near Philadelphia, bridge painters risk their lives to restore two of the area’s most important bridges.
Risk and danger define their 12-hour days as they sandblast through layers of hazardous coatings and damaging corrosion to repaint these massive structures. These guys, members of the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades, are filled with grit and a wild sense of humor.
As they preserve America’s bridges they also battle Mother Nature – and each other – racing against the clock to get work done under the exacting eye of their foreman and company bosses. They are also forced to confront the personal toll of this work on their family life back home – whether home is New Jersey or Florida; Brazil or Greece. They may not be related by blood but they are brothers nonetheless. Bridge Brothers.
With Generous Support From
International Union of Painters and Allied Trades
Finishing Trades Institute
The Sherwin-Williams Company
Safespan Scaffolding & Platforms
Director, Producer, Cinematographer
Louis G Lyras
About the production
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security granted the filmmakers rare access to film on the Walt Whitman and Commodore Barry bridges near Philadelphia. The filmmakers spent more than a year documenting the industrial painting crews who restore these bridges.