2007 Heroes in the Fight Award
2007 Prism Award Commendation for Mental Health in a Motion Picture
Green Cine's Best Undistributed Films from 2006 Festivals
2005 Official Selection, Independent Feature Project Rough Cut Lab
2005 Grant Recipient, Texas Filmmakers Production Fund
"The performances Candler elicits from a mostly teen, mostly local cast are knockouts!"
"Powerful fiction ... Candler handles her difficult material with skill and conviction."
—Scott Macaulay, Producer,Gummo, Raising Victor Vargas
"Candler demonstrated a deep understanding of teen anxiety, angst and alienation. An emotional, smart movie."
—Moving Pictures Magazine
"Understated 'Bridges' perfectly captures teens' lives."
—The Tallahassee Democrat
"A moving work that addresses the hard-to-swallow subject of teen suicide with grace
—Indiewire, Mike Tully
"As realistic a narrative portrait of love, death, and human debris as anything you're ever likely to see onscreen."
—The Austin Chronicle
"Kat Candler's moving Austin-made teen drama has enjoyed sold-out crowds
"Don't be swayed by famous (or even semi-famous) names during the (SXSW) film festival.I had better luck with Austin Director Kat Candler's moving jumping
—American Way Magazine
"Candler's ability to take some of the darkest and most jagged truths about fear, regret, sadness, loss, suffering and pain and break them open for her audience to experience in ways that are both optimistic and honest makes her one of the most important and promising young filmmakers on the cinematic landscape."
"Candler is very much in touch with a particular sort of teenaged sensibility. She knows the difference between sadness and the petulance it is often mistaken for, and she treats her sullen girls and boys with the sort of patience and understanding their parents (and, perhaps, some audience members) can never quite muster."
—Ain't It Cool News
"Deserving of art-house play. Unconventional and risky and aching for your patience, but will reward your perseverance."
"The soundtrack is amazing!"
—Gorilla vs Bear