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Still for "Sunshine Superman"; Courtesy of Magnolia Pictures
Screening: Sunshine Superman

Sunshine Superman is the immersive love story of Carl and Jean Boenish, the couple who invented BASE jumping (jumping with parachutes from fixed objects) in the1980's.

Carl Boenish, a filmmaker as well as skydiver, religiously chronicled the experimental early days of BASE in exquisitely beautiful 16mm film, often with large cameras mounted to their heads to document a bird’s-eye view of the jump. His detailed and personal audio recordings give a glimpse into the mind of a genius, madman and innovator who believed deeply in the power of the moving image.

Director Marah Strauch’s visually stunning debut is an intimate portrait of risk takers who truly, passionately lived and loved. The film is told without narration, and plays out like a theatrical feature, taking the viewer on an emotional ride of beauty and tragedy. At the pinnacle of Carl and Jean’s achievements they together broke the BASE jumping Guinness World Record in 1984 on the Norwegian 'Troll Wall' mountain range. Incredibly, within days, triumph was followed by disaster.

Marah Strauch is a filmmaker and visual artist. She is also a well-respected commercial and documentary editor/producer. Her films and sculptures have been exhibited in both galleries and film festivals. Strauch is a Film Independent Fellow. Sunshine Superman was selected and participated in Film Independent’s Fast Track program at the Los Angeles Film Festival. The film was then invited to Film Independent’s Documentary Lab, a highly selective program for emerging filmmakers to fine-tune their documentary projects. She recently attended Werner Herzog’s Rogue Film School.


Yael Melamede
(Interviewer) is the co-founder of SALTY Features - an independent production company based in NYC whose goal is to create media that is provocative, entertaining and enhances the world.  Melamede’s newest film and directorial debut (Dis)Honesty - The Truth About Lies was released to great critical acclaim in May 2015. Melamede’s recent films include Inocente, directed by Sean and Andrea Fine (winner of the 2013 Academy Award for Best Documentary Short); When I Walk, directed by Jason DaSilva (winner of a 2015 News and Documentary Emmy); and Desert Runners, directed by Jennifer Steinman (winner of multiple awards in the US and around the world). Other producing credits include: Brief Interviews with Hideous Men, The Inner Life of Martin Frost, and My Architect, nominated for an Academy Award in 2004.  Melamede was trained as an architect before becoming a filmmaker.

Huffington Post Interview with Yael Melamede.





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