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 . . .


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Brenda Benthien is a program consultant and the Guest Relations Director of the Cleveland International Film Festival. She works in Guest Management at the Nordic Film Days in Lübeck and serves as a consultant to the Cinetopia International Film Festival in Ann Arbor and Detroit. Brenda was involved with starting up AFI Fest in Los Angeles, and has lived and worked in Munich and Tokyo. When she isn’t busy with festivals, Brenda is a German translator of screenplays and film-related texts. Her translation of Rudolf Arnheim’s Film Essays and Criticism is published by the University of Wisconsin press. Brenda lives in Hamburg and runs the Hamburg Review website, a critical compendium of writings on film and literature. www.hamburg-review.de