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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.

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Marah Strauch

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Marah Strauch
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Credited cast:
Pat Sajak ... Self (archive footage)
Phil Donahue ... Self (archive footage)
John Long ... Self
Marah Strauch ... Jean Boenish
Allison McCulloch ... Screening Party Attendee
Selia Hansen ... Pretty Girl
Cecilie Bull ... Screening Party Attendee
Eric Mofford Eric Mofford ... Screening Party Extra
Carl Boenisch Carl Boenisch ... Self (as Carl Boenish)
Kevin McGuinness ... Screening Party Extra
Lars Løge Lars Løge ... Police Officer Norway
Jake Suffian Jake Suffian ... Screening Party Attendee
Eric Bruggemann Eric Bruggemann ... Screening Party Extra
Christian Bruno Christian Bruno ... Phil Smith
Bill Wednt Bill Wednt ... Self
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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.

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Thus We Begin In The Greenish Twighlight Of The Rhine
Written by Richard Wagner (as Wagner)
Performed by Lorin Maazel & Berliner Philharmoniker (as Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra)
Courtesy of Telarc International
Used by permission of Concord Music Group, Inc.
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How and Why
5 June 2015 | by ferguson-6See all my reviews

Greetings again from the darkness. When at a dinner party someone introduces themselves as "an engineer", we don't typically settle in for a long evening of tales describing their daredevil and death-defying hobbies. Filmmaker Marah Strauch teaches us being too quick to judge could cost us the exhilarating story of Carl Boenish, the father of BASE jumping.

Mr. Boenish was an engineer turned cinematographer turned skydiver and cliff jumper. Despite his unbridled energy and enthusiasm, his engineering background (Hughes Aircraft) provided the analytical foundation that helped him plan "safe" jumps for years. And it was his love of film and cinematography that produced a treasure trove of film clips from some breathtaking jumps … beginning with his 1978 leap from Yosemite's El Capitan.

The film is about Boenish's thirst for the next big jump, but it's also about his jumping partner and wife Jean, and the bond between them. GoPro cameras have spoiled us today. We are accustomed to film clips of just about anything that involves speed, height or any person looking for a thrill. Thirty plus years ago, such clips weren't possible … except with Boenish and his clunky cameras strapped to helmets on these jumps.

BASE jumping is an acronym for Building, Antenna, Span, Earth … the types of jumps required to join the ranks of Boenish's group. We witness the fights against national park Rangers, and the clandestine operations that led to jumps from under construction skyscrapers in Los Angeles and Houston. Boenish truly pushed the Nature's Law vs. Man's Law conflict.

Director Strauch takes us through the Guiness record jump at Norway's Troll Wall, and we even hear Jean stating that Carl would have been right there with today's wing suit jumpers. The final shot of a modern day "flyer" is quite the contrast to those early Boenish jumps. The film answers "How and Why", and leaves little doubt that the genetic make-up is quite different for this group of thrill-seekers than for the rest of us … and being an engineer doesn't exclude one from either group!


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$8,991, 24 May 2015

Gross USA:

$88,097

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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