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Published on January 14th, 2016


To Soar Like An Eagle: a film review of Sunshine Superman


Sunshine Superman is the tragic true-life story of sky-diver Carl Boenish who pioneered the Base jumping movement in The United States and abroad. Base stands for “building”, “antenna”, “span”, and “Earth”. It was the goal of Carl and Jean Boenish, in jumping off each of these, to feel like astronauts walking on the moon.

Filled with majestic and breathtaking photography-much of which was obtained from Carl Boenish-the film was produced, directed and written by Marah Strauch who also portrays Jean Boenish (the wife of Carl Boenish) whom Carl loved very much. The remarkable cinematography is by Carl Boenish, Vasco Nunes, and Nicolay Paulsen.

Although the story-line does, sometimes, become a little slow as we watch Carl overcome hurdles in his quest to skydive and base jump, the visions of Utopia seen from the tops of some of the highest points in the U.S.A. and Europe over compensate for this minor flaw. Filmed in color with a running time of 100 minutes, this biographical documentary is rated PG.

Released in the U.S.A. on May 22, 2015, Sunshine Superman was first released in 2014 at The Toronto International Film Festival, The film will encore on CNN/US on Saturday, January 23rd, 2016 at 8:00 PM Eastern-Time. On a scale of from 1 thru 10, I rate Sunshine Superman an 8.5.


About the Author: Cleo Brown is the movie reviewer for She lives in Manhattan and has a Master’s Degree in Contemporary African-American History from The University of California at Davis and has done work on a Ph.D. in education at The University of San Francisco. She has published several poetry books and is featured in Who’s Who in Poetry.

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