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Sunshine Superman

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A heart-racing documentary portrait of Carl Boenish, the father of the BASE-jumping movement, whose early passion for skydiving led him to ever more spectacular -and dangerous- feats of foot-launched human flight. Experience his jaw-dropping journey in life and love, to the pinnacle of his achievements when he and wife Jean broke the BASE-jumping Guinness World Record in 1984 on the Norwegian 'Troll Wall' mountain range. Incredibly, within days, triumph was followed by disaster. Told through a stunning mix of Carl's 16mm archive footage, well-crafted re-enactments and state-of-the-art aerial photography, Sunshine Superman will leave you breathless and inspired.
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Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
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November 15, 2016

The unabashed freedom and high spirits of the film are almost overshadowed by the brutally sobering ending.
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Baret News

December 24, 2015

Ever watched an extreme sports enthusiast leap off a mountain to his death? No? Then you haven't seen this bittersweet biopic about a compulsive base jumper with a death wish.
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Toronto Sun
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June 08, 2015

While the doc takes a conventional and even pedestrian approach -- with multiple talking-head interviews and some re-enactments with actors -- there is also plenty of spectacular archival footage showing jumps dating back to the 1960s.
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FILMINK (Australia)
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November 12, 2015

This is still a wonderful portrait of a man who chose to embrace life to its fullest whilst biting his thumb at gravity.
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Globe and Mail
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June 04, 2015

Long before there were GoPros, there was Boenish, a camera mounted on his helmet, jumping from Yosemite's El Capitan or L.A. skyscrapers under construction.
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Toronto Star
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June 09, 2015

Engrossing, tension-filled and utterly fascinating.
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Christian Science Monitor
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May 29, 2015

Boenish's wife, Jean, who trained to jump with him, is interviewed extensively, and, although Strauch doesn't provide much backstory for her, she emerges as that rarity -- a perfect matchup to a seemingly unmatchable man.
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Boston Globe
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June 08, 2015

[A] spectacular and affecting portrait.
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New Zealand Herald
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May 04, 2016

Sunshine Superman is a touch long, and at times pedestrian but it's still a moving, thrilling story.
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November 10, 2015

Heart-stopping cliff-jumping doc.
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Detroit News
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July 28, 2015

You may find "Sunshine Superman" exhilarating or you may find "Sunshine Superman" terrifying, but you almost surely will not find it boring.
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Laramie Movie Scope
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December 23, 2015

This documentary about Carl Boenish, founder of modern BASE jumping is a captivating portrait of a man unlike any other. Not just an adrenaline junkie, but a superb cinematographer, technical wizard, philosopher, filmmaker and promoter of his sport.
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