PIFF 38: SUNSHINE SUPERMAN with Director Marah Strauch in attendance!


After graduating from USC and a stint as an engineer, Carl Boenish devoted himself to “freefall cinematography” (John Frankenheimer’s The Gypsy Moths). He and his wife Jean became the prime movers in BASE jumping—the act of leaping from Buildings, Antennas, Spans (bridges), and Earth (i.e., sheer cliffs) before hopefully saving yourself from a bad ending with a parachute. To some, the idea is madness if not suicide, but for the Boenishes it was about the essence of life, of freedom, and the experience of defying gravity. Strauch’s exhilarating film tells their incredible story, not only in words, but in breathtaking deed. Sunshine Superman is a love story—about what it feels like to fall, first uncontrollably, then willingly, and then finally ecstatically. First feature.

Director Marah Strauch in attendance 2/7.

Sponsored by Hotel deLuxe and Sierra Nevada Brewing.


SUNSHINE SUPERMAN screens Saturday, February 7 at 6:30pm at Cinema 21 as part of the 38th Portland International Film Festival.

Tickets are available online or at the door.

The Portland International Film Festival is sponsored by The Oregonian/OREGONLIVE, LAIKA, Regal Entertainment Group, Delta Airlines, Yelp!, Travel Portland, King Estate, Hotel Modera, The Autzen Foundation, The Lamb-Baldwin Foundation, KINK.fm, and many others.

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