On July 7, 1978, 18-year-old Mary Ellen Tanner crossed the Mousam River Bridge in Kennebunk, Maine, headed toward home after a summer day of fun. The three friends who saw her on the bridge were the last people to see her alive – except for the person who killed her. Mary’s body was found the following Sunday, miles from the bridge, near a grass airstrip known as Gracie Evans Field, a place so remote only locals knew where it was.
Thirty-seven years later, the murder unsolved, Mary Tanner’s friends and loved ones still grieve over the death of a remarkable young woman whose smile and laughter and love of life brought joy to everyone she encountered.
Girl on the Bridge is a film about Mary Tanner and the people she left behind in the small town of Kennebunk, where the crime's deep wound left a dark and painful scar, where suspicion and rumor still roil beneath the surface of everyday life. Her friends, so young then, are grown up now and they are demanding justice.
I’m making this film because Mary Tanner spoke to me with an urgency and directness that I could not ignore. I was trying to build a video business and the prospects were good, but this seemed more important somehow. I notified my […]