‘Sunshine Superman’ to Premier at Toronto International Film Festival

Carl and Jean Boenish

Director and friend of Augury Marah Strauch has recently directed Sunshine Superman, a narrative documentary in honor of founding BASE jumper Carl Boenish’s daring legacy and life. The film, produced by Scissor Kick Films, Flimmer Films, and Submarine Entertainment, will premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival this September. Though the film is in large part a documentary, Strauch and the rest of the crew strived to recreate the emotional energy of Boenish’s life in the present:

Carl Boenish was considered the most prominent inventor and the “Pied Piper” of [BASE jumping]. I was enthralled by the story of individuals who push themselves to transcend human limitations. Carl did not believe in man-made limitations. He believed BASE jumping was an expression of the human spirit. He was a visionary. […] He pushed his own physical limits to make films. He was transcending the physical, to find the spiritual. He was flying. Carl wanted to share the joy of BASE jumping with the world. […] We will be playing a lot with point of view. […] We are excited about using stills, archival footage and our own original footage to tell the story in a way that feels even more real than fiction, yet with same narrative thrust.

The Festival runs from September 4th through the 14th; most ticket packages are on sale now! For more about Sunshine Superman, go here; For more information on the Festival, head over to TIFF’s website.

MoviefiedNYC Interviews Ashim Ahluwalia

Miss Lovely, Future East Films

MoviefiedNYC, run by friends of Augury John David West and Myrna Duarte, sat down with Indian director and former documentary filmmaker Ashim Ahluwalia (John & Jane, Thin Air), about his award-winning debut feature, Miss Lovely, recently released in NYC and set in the criminal depths of Mumbai’s C-grade film industry.

Ahluwalia talks about the business of Indian cinema and the emergence of the C-grade movie:

… [P]ornography is illegal—just to put it in context—any kind of pornographic material is illegal; it will get you a minimum of three years. It’s non-bailable. So when you think about these movies, they’re not B-movies, which want to be real movies; they’re C-grade movies that are made for the excuse for these sex bits to be illegally interspersed. They get interspersed at the cinema level, and not through the censors. So these reels, in the ‘80s, used to be delivered on bicycle at night and get spliced into these movies. So you’d have a movie, which people would be waiting for the sex bit to appear. I was fascinated by this.”

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Read the full interview, “Making Movies that Matter,” here.

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