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'Sunshine Superman' profiles early BASE jumper Carl Boenish

'Sunshine Superman' profiles early BASE jumper Carl Boenish

After the recent death of BASE jumper Dean Potter in Yosemite National Park, a documentary portrait of the thrill-seeking movement's founding father, Carl Boenish, is an all-too-palpable reminder of the peril that comes with extreme rock climbing. "Sunshine Superman" centers on the geeky Boenish, an engineer-turned-freefall photographer who let his childlike enthusiasm for the sport lead him from cliff-jumping at El Capitan in California to skydiving off skyscrapers before he fatefully tested his limits in 1984 in the mountains of Norway. While this buoyant account of his brief but eventful life might feel like a rock climber's "Man on a Wire," the...

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