Look, up in the sky! It’s Carl Boenish, the father of BASE jumping! (“BASE” is an acronym that represents four categories of fixed objects from which one can hurl oneself: Building, Antenna, Span, and Earth.) Carl is sunshine personified, a man whose enthusiasm for skydiving – and life – leads him to take spectacular leaps. This masterful biopic takes us back to the late 70s, when Carl has cast off his pedestrian life as a Hughes Aircraft engineer and is about to meet his soul-mate and diving partner, Jean. Fortunately for us viewers, Carl’s passion was “freefall cinematography,” and much of the film’s breathtaking imagery comes from 16mm footage he took while falling from cliffs and skyscrapers, camera strapped to his helmet. Despite setbacks from naysaying park rangers and lawyers, Carl continued to bubble over with good cheer. Jean and Carl broke the BASE jumping world record on the Troll Wall mountain in Norway in 1984. The next day, disaster struck. He would have wanted us to climb the walls and keep going, Jean tells us. Sunshine Superman celebrates the human spirit, in Carl’s name.
Director Marah Strauch attended the Rhode Island School of Design in the USA and is the owner of Scissor Kick Films. A former art teacher and film editor, Marah also acts as the reenactment double for Jean Boenish in her film.
- Directed by Marah Strauch
- Produced by Scissor Kick Films & Flimmer Film
- Starring Carl Boenish & Jean Boenish