BIRDMEN: THE ORIGINAL DREAM OF FLIGHT
USA, 52 minutes, 2012
Directed by Matt Sheridan
Saturday February 9th, 7:30pm
RIO Theatre (N.B. 19+ adults only!) MAP
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Birdmen is a documentary film about the dream of human flight becoming reality. For millennia, humans have looked to the sky and dreamed of arcing through the air, like birds. And now, after hundreds of thousands of years, humans can fly. It is dangerous, deadly, and requires years of training, but a select few have committed their lives to the pursuit of the purest form of human flight: Wingsuit BASE Jumping.
'Birdmen' follows the dream of human flight, from its inception in ancient times to the modern world. What started with stuntmen hurling themselves to their death from objects such as the Eiffel Tower has become a respected extreme sport in which athletes zoom through the mountains at 150mph, just inches from trees and cliff faces.
During the film, professional wingsuit pilots Ellen Brennan, Mike Steen, and Matt Gerdes escort you through the inspiring yet tragic history of their ancestral birdmen and then show you the cutting edge of human flight in the year 2012. Matt, Mike, and Ellen are some of the most talented wingsuit pilots in the world – during the film, they pioneer new wingsuit flights in the European Alps and experience the highs and lows of a flying life. Finally, the future of the sport is envisioned, where scientists in Switzerland explain how pilots can soon achieve perfectly balanced and relatively safe flight paths using cruise-control autonomous systems and small engines.
'BIRDMEN' is the first documentary ever made that covers the past, present, and possible future of the sport.
Director, Matt Sheridan
Matt Sheridan is the owner of Team Thirteen and has been shooting and editing action sports movies since high school. He has picked locations for, produced, shot, and edited HD airsport shows that have aired on RushHD and the National Geo- graphic Channel. He also produced the first speedflying documentary called ‘It’s Fantastic’ which premiered at the 2007 Banff Film Festival and at the 2008 X-Dance festival, among others. For certain projects Matt works with Photoshop and After Effects for brands such as Specialized Bikes, Pergo Flooring, Cedra, Alltel, Head Sport AG, and more. In his free time he is a skier, mountain biker, snowmobiler, and he recently learned how to paraglide. He graduated from Montana State University in 1998 with a film degree.