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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.


Directed by
Marah Strauch

Produced by
Eric Bruggemann
Marah Strauch

Co-Produced by
Lars Løge

Executive Producers
Alex Gibney
Josh Braun
Dan Braun
Samantha Horley
Phil Hunt

Vasco Nunes
Nicolay Poulsen

Edited by
Marah Strauch
Eric Bruggemann
Kevin Mcguinness

Original Score

Written by
Marah Strauch

Produced by:
Scissor Kick Films
Submarine Entertainment
In Association with
Flimmer Films
Storyline Studios
Fund Fuzz
Norwegian Film Institute
Vestnork Filmcenter



“AWE-INSPIRING. SPECTACULAR LOOKING. Conveys the sheer freedom, danger and exhilaration of BASE jumping.” – Nick Schager, Film Journal

“***1/2. EXHILARATING. BOTH UNBEARABLY SUSPENSEFUL AND ELEGAIC. A masterly debut by director Strauch. It’s the same combination of angelic splendor and nutty audacity that made “Man on Wire” so dizzying.” Kyle Smith, NY Post

“Like a rock climber's "Man on a Wire," director Strauch gives the film an EXHILARATING UPLIFT of its own.” – MICHAEL RECHTSHAFFEN, LA Times


“The footage is striking, the memories of the man vivid, and the finale still stuns you.” – Roger Moore, Tribune News Wire

“The real-life stunts are eminently suspenseful and exhilarating, and adrenaline junkies will be well pleased.” – J.R. Jones, Chicago Reader

“RIVETING. The footage is gorgeous and astonishing.” – Stephanie Merry, Washington Post

“EYE-POPPING. The action shots are intoxicating, as close as most of us will get to feeling the jumpers’ euphoria.” – Walter Addiego, SF Chronicle

“GRIPPING’. – Chris Nashawaty, Entertainment Weekly

“GLORIOUS DAREDEVILRY.” – Neil Genzlinger, NY Times

“THRILLING. You may not leave Sunshine Superman wanting to emulate Carl and Jean, but you will feel like you've vicariously bonded with them.” – Simon Abrams, Village Voice

“THOROUGH, INTIMATE AND OFTEN BEAUTIFUL. It can’t be stressed enough how purely stirring this footage can be.” –Dom Sinacola, Paste

“A spiritual sequel to Man on Wire.” – Kenji Fujishima, L Magazine

“GRADE A - EXHILARATING. A THRILL RIDE. One of the best docs of the year. Reminiscent of Man on Wire and Senna.” - John Anderson, Indiewire

“A GRIPPING DOCUMENTARY.” – Chris Nashawaty, Entertainment Weekly
“AWE-INSPIRING. A thrill, and one that seriously rewards big-screen viewing.” – John DeFore, The Hollywood Reporter

“BREATHTAKING. An engrossing, thrilling documentary.” – Kate Knibbs, Gizmodo

“A wonderful love story, between two people, and between a man and the art of film.” – Jeff Labrecque, Entertainment Weekly

“VERTIGO-INDUCING. Captures both the awe and terror of BASE jumping and asks deeper questions about humanity’s fascination with pushing the extremes.” – Tim Grierson, Screen

“SPELLBINDING. Captures the thrill of leaping out into space with the sky above and the Earth below.” – Ethan Alter, Yahoo Movies

“Exciting, moving, heartfelt, and above all inspiring.” – Alex Billington, First Showing

Date for DVD release subject to change.