A new film, Sunshine Superman, profiles Carl Boenish, the man considered the father of modern BASE jumping. The movie, eight years in the making, follows the exploits of Boenish and his wife, Jean, as they defied the laws of both man and gravity in the late 1970s and 80s. The film, directed by Marah Strauch, will show in theaters May 22 in New York and LA. The LA showing will be held at the West Los Angeles The Landmark 12 theater.
Through his pioneering jumps and his film-making Boenish play an important role in popularizing what he would later dub B.A.S.E. jumping, an acronym for “Building, Antenna, Span, Earth,” the variety of things that Boenish saw as grownup sized jungle gyms for him and his friends to fly from.
Boenish and his wife, Jean, filmed many of their jumps, a number off the skyscrapers of Los Angeles, and that footage, along with new interviews has been woven together into Sunshine Superman. The couple broke the BASE jumping Guinness World Record in 1984 on the Norwegian ‘Troll Wall’ cliffs. Just a few days later Boenish was killed in 1984 during another, more risky jump from Troll Wall.