Demolition:Troll (2013, 10 minutes)
Directed by Megan McHugh
Produced by Joseph De Mario & Megan McHugh
Demolition: Troll explores the history of the Bay Bridge Troll and its creation by a local blacksmith-sculptor to protect the bridge in the aftermath of the 6.9 Loma Prieta. The earthquake rocked the Bay Area in 1989, damaging the eastern span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge. As the bridge repair neared completion, the Troll was secretly attached by ironworkers where it remained for twenty-four years.
Featuring interviews with Howard Stoltz, whose company repaired the earthquake-damaged bridge, Michael Bondi, who suggested a gargoyle to protect it and Bill Roan, artist-blacksmith and creator of the Troll.
Megan McHugh and crew filmed Demolition: Troll in the Bay Area over a six month period during 2013. These were the days before the 77-year-old eastern span closed for good - slated to be demolished. The film captures a unique moment: with the Troll’s fate in question and the $6.4 billion seismic safe bridge ready to open.
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Castro Theater, San Francisco
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