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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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Cast

Credited cast:
Pat Sajak ... Himself (archive footage)
Phil Donahue ... Himself (archive footage)
Cecilie Bull ... Screening Party Attendee
Marah Strauch ... Jean Boenish
Ellen Houlihan Ellen Houlihan ... Screening Party Attendee
John Long ... Himself
Eric Bruggemann Eric Bruggemann ... Screening Party Extra
Eric Mofford Eric Mofford ... Screening Party Extra
Jared Simmons Jared Simmons ... Carl Boenish
Selia Hansen ... Pretty Girl
Christian Bruno Christian Bruno ... Phil Smith
Allison McCulloch ... Screening Party Attendee
Carl Boenisch Carl Boenisch ... Himself (as Carl Boenish)
Kevin McGuinness ... Screening Party Extra
Erik Fenz Erik Fenz ... Himself
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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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Rated PG for thematic elements, some language, smoking, and a brief nude image | See all certifications »

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Country:

Norway | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 May 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Norway

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,991, 24 May 2015

Gross USA:

$88,097

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$96,715
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Cool film and great documentary about a awesome subject and an interesting man.
27 May 2015 | by subxerogravitySee all my reviews

It was a really good film that did a good job of capturing a moment in time and sketching out one man's contribution to Earth's history.

It's the exciting portrait of Carl Boenish, once an engineer, found the job boring in comparison to his hobby of Skydiving and while turning this, and his love of film, into a career he help to create BASE Jumping.

A lot of the footage from the movie was filmed by the subject himself, as he loves to film his jumps as much or more than he love to jump. All this personal footage made for a very personal documentary, especially as his friends and family narrated the entire film and told their own personal accounts of him.

One of the things I noticed about documentaries about subjects that are barely thirty to thirty five years old is that they have a lot of footage they can use. Boenish was enough of a celebrity in his own time, that the doc was able to use footage from TV and news coverage of the man as well as his own cinematography. And like other contemporary docs they used a lot of different forms of medium, like reenactments of things that did not happen on camera.

Which was not a lot. The filmmakers job was fairly easy as Carl love to document his life, and what a life it was, filled with nothing but joy and happiness, and inspiration to live life to the fullest to the very end.

Without doing much expect having the people still around to tell his story, tell it story, it became an up tempo doc that gets your spirits high after watching it.


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