Cleveland International Film Festival } April 7 – April 20, 2021

Sunshine Superman

Year: 2014
Country: United States
Run Time: 101 minutes

Sunshine Superman

Look, up in the sky! It's Carl Boenish, the father of BASE jumping! Carl is sunshine personified, a man whose enthusiasm for skydiving – and life – leads him to spectacular leaps. This masterful biopic takes us back to the late 70s, when Carl casts off his pedestrian life as a Hughes Aircraft engineer and meets his soulmate and diving partner Jean. Fortunately, 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. On a Norwegian mountain range in 1984, Jean and Carl broke the BASE jumping world record. 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. – B.B.

CIFF39 Screenings

Tower City Cinemas

Friday, March 27, 2015 at 6:45 PM -
Friday, March 27, 2015 at 8:25 PM

Saturday, March 28, 2015 at 12:20 PM -
Saturday, March 28, 2015 at 2:00 PM

Nesnadny + Schwartz Portrait Documentary Competition
ReelWomenDirect Award for Excellence in Directing by a Woman

Marah Strauch

Marah Strauch attended the Rhode Island School of Design and is the owner of Scissor Kick Films. She is a former art teacher and a film editor. Strauch also acts as the reenactment double for Jean Boenish in her film.


Eric Bruggemann, Marah Strauch

Marah Strauch

Vasco Nunes, Nicolay Poulsen

Marah Strauch, Eric Bruggemann, Kevin Mcguinness

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