Sunshine Superman

  • Directed by Marah Strauch
  • United States, 2014, 100 mins., English

After graduating from USC and a stint as an engineer, Carl Boenish devoted himself to “freefall cinematography” (John Frankenheimer’s The Gypsy Moths). He and his wife Jean became the prime movers in BASE jumping—the act of leaping from Buildings, Antennas, Spans (bridges), and Earth (i.e., sheer cliffs) before hopefully saving yourself from a bad ending with a parachute. To some, the idea is madness if not suicide, but for the Boenishes it was about the essence of life, of freedom, and the experience of defying gravity. Strauch’s exhilarating film tells their incredible story, not only in words, but in breathtaking deed. Sunshine Superman is a love story—about what it feels like to fall, first uncontrollably, then willingly, and then finally ecstatically. First feature.

Genres: Sports, Documentary