The Heiress and the Base Jumper

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June 5th, 2015

Omaha, NE — A refreshing take on a period piece and a high flying documentary highlight the latest offerings at Film Streams.

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A still from FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD, courtesy of Fox Searchlight.

A still from FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD, courtesy of Fox Searchlight.

Patrick Kinney, the Communications Director of Film Streams, took time to chat with KVNO about their art house theater’s latest offerings. First is the Thomas Vinterberg film Far from the Madding Crowd starring actress Carey Mulligan.

 

“People are loving this movie…Carey Mulligan stars as a very independent, very strong heiress,” Kinney said. “Throughout the tale, she has three different suitors who are very distinct and offer different pluses and minuses. She’s constantly struggling between the pressure to choose one of them and her desire to remain independent and choose none of them. It a great period costume drama that’s a lot of fun.”

 

Kinney said the Thomas Hardy adaptation strikes a great chord with the changing tides of modern day society.

 

“It’s really remarkable,” he said. “This is a really good time for this story to come back because it was really groundbreaking for having such a strong lead character who was a woman and who was dealing with the option of not doing what everyone is expecting her to do. I think that’s in the cultural zeitgeist right now.”

 

Far from the Madding Crowd will run through June 11th.

 

Jean and Carl Boenish in SUNSHINE SUPERMAN, a Magnolia Pictures release. Photo courtesy of Magnolia Pictures.

Jean and Carl Boenish in SUNSHINE SUPERMAN, a Magnolia Pictures release. Photo courtesy of Magnolia Pictures.

Next is the new documentary from Magnolia Pictures entitled Sunshine Superman. The film chronicles the life and accomplishments of base jumper Carl Boenish.

 

“He was one of the first people to look at bridges, antennas, building, things like that and came up with the idea of running off of them, opening a parachute, and seeing what happened. He became the father of this extreme sport,” Kinney said.

 

Told through a stunning mix of Carl’s 16mm archive footage, well-crafted re-enactments and state-of-the-art aerial photography, Kinney said the film bring a great mix of action-packed footage and biographical story.

 

“The film blends those clips of him in mid-air, running off of cliffs, with interviews about his life. It looks like a really gripping documentary,” he said.

 

Sunshine Superman will also run through June 11th. For more information on these films and other programming, visit www.FilmStreams.org.

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