Sunshine Superman

Sunshine Superman

Streaming Video - 2015
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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. 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.
Topical Term: Skydivers
BASE jumping
Streaming video
Publisher: [United States] : Magnolia Pictures, 2015
Branch Call Number: eVIDEO
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 video file (approximately 101 min.)) : sd., col
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Additional Contributors: Strauch, Marah
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ReadingAdviser_Lori Jul 29, 2020

This riveting documentary tells the story of Carl Boenish, the father of BASE (Building; Antenna; Span; Earth) jumping. His courageous wife Jean also joins him on his adventures.

Oct 23, 2016

Based on a collection of professionally shot found-footage of an an electrical engineer turned BASE (Buildings, Antennas, Spans and Earth) jumping pioneer. That Carl character! Wow! What a guy. He seemed tireless, always exuded sunshine ... and his wife was a daredevil in deep disguise.

Oct 08, 2016

Excellent documentary about base jumping.

Jan 21, 2016

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.


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Oct 23, 2016

We've just reached the Trollveggen, which is the largest cliff face in Europe. It'll be the site for our assault on the world BASE jumping record. Standing over here on this ledge is Carl Boenish and his wife, Jean. They're about to fling themselves off the mountain ...
Saturday the 7th of July, '84 approximately 4:35pm, I received a call from Arnstein Myskja. Arnstein explained he was calling from Trollstigen Fjellstue and reported that he had just, at approximately at 3:50pm, been a witness to Boenish, Carl Ronald, jump from Stabben, a mountaintop situated between Trollveggen and Semletind ... in Trolltindmassivet.
Life and the wondrous works that we do in life from our good ideas, those deserve the praise. That's what we should be standing by. That's what we should be paying attention to. And that's what Carl was all about.

Oct 23, 2016

We don't want to be limited by anything except nature. We always have to listen to nature's laws. But not necessarily man's laws.
Well, you know, Jean and I have each jumped from a building. A thousand-foot, 75-story skyscraper. And people say why? Why did you do it, Jean?
-I actually do it for the fun of it. It's the feeling that you get when you jump off of a high dive. There's nothing to push against like when you're swimming through the water. You are falling, literally, for the first two seconds. And you can't control your fall. That's why you have to be very careful in the manner in which you exit.
Carl would love to have the new wing suit flyers standing on his shoulders and jumping ... They have taken from what he was trying to inspire in peopleabout breaking through artificial limitations
and going beyond what people say can or cannot be done. He would be right there with the wing suit flyers. And, in essence, is.

Oct 23, 2016

But I had never seen anybody like Carl Boenish. Super energetic. He had plans to do everything and he documented everything, he had pictures of everything. He was everything. Everything about Carl was out there right from the beginning. And it was like running into a geyser. It was just like, "Whoa, look at this guy!" You know?
This girl just does not look like a skydiver. "More than once, people at the drop zone pegged me as a librarian and some as a nun. They were trying to figure out where I was coming from."
-There's this psychologist named Jung. And he always talked about the marriage of opposites, right? And if you wanted the diametric opposite of Carl Boenish that would be Jean Boenish.
-I had that thoughtful demeanor, and Carl did too. We were both very analytical, very detail oriented, and interested in an intelligent approach to everything. We were two people who were
a very good coupling. A unique coupling.


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