Sunshine Superman

Synopsis: 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.
Director(s): Marah Strauch
Production: Magnolia Pictures
  3 wins & 2 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
100 min

It was like a stream of consciousness.

Half from hell and half from, you know,

some better world somewhere.

I mean, it was really an interesting

kind of thing being around this guy.

Our father's name was Carl.

And Ronnie was Carl,

so at home, we always called him Ronnie.

My brother got polio

from a polio vaccine.

They weren't sure he was going to live.

But he survived it.

And for his recovery he was in

a wheelchair and couldn't walk.

His legs were really weak.

So he spent his time

playing the piano.

When he had polio, he missed

a whole year of elementary school.

But once he finally got cleared

and could go back to school,

he challenged every boy in his class

one at a time

until he could beat them

in a foot race.

And he beat every one of them.

He talked to me a lot about

his birth mother leaving.

And I think that touched him deeply.

Then he was in high school

and he was, you know,

very intellectual

and always doing his calculus.

So he had just finished college

when I was born

and started working for Hughes Aircraft

as an electrical engineer.

Once he got into skydiving

he just changed.

They're always pulling you in.

You're part of a group.

You have to fly together.

So he changed completely.

You used to be an engineer.

Pretty safe, secure type job.

When and how did you make

the decision to give that all up

and go into doing this,

what you like to do, full time?

It's funny.

My boss at Hughes Aircraft told me,

"Carl, the man who knows how

will always have a job."

"The man who knows why

will be his boss."

And at that time I knew how to design

electrical circuits.

I knew how to skydive.

But I knew why to skydive

much better than I knew

why the electronic circuits worked.

OK, new sheet of paper.

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