Sunshine Superman

Showtimes

Film runs Fri, Sep 26 through Sun, Oct 12.

Mon, Oct 6

9:00pm Buy Tickets
Walter Reade Theater

Tue, Oct 7

6:00pm Buy Tickets
Howard Gilman Theater

Sunshine Superman
Marah Strauch, 2014
USA/Norway/UK | Format: DCP | 96 minutes

U.S. Premiere

Q&A with director Marah Strauch

Marah Strauch’s jubilant, evocative movie tells the incredible story of Carl Boenish, the exuberant inventor of BASE jumping (parachuting from a fixed object), and his beloved wife, soulmate, and diving partner, Jean. After graduating from USC and doing a stint as an engineer at Hughes Aircraft, Boenish devoted himself to “freefall cinematography” (he is credited with “Special Aerial Photography” on John Frankenheimer’s The Gypsy Moths) and many of the breathtaking images in Strauch’s movie were drawn from footage that Carl and his team shot for a series of sky-diving shorts (Jean came aboard after they were married in 1979). As demonstrated and embodied in Strauch’s film, Boenish was much more just than a thrill-seeker, and his jumps off of taller and taller bridges, buildings, and peaks throughout the world were done in the spirit of joy and freedom, which together comprise the true subject of this exultant and heart-stopping film experience.

Series: NYFF52 Spotlight on Documentary

Venue: Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center

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