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.
FEATURING: Matt Gerdes, Mike Steen, Ellen Brennan, Patrick De Gayardon, Loic Jean-Albert, Jeb Corliss, Yvess Rossy
EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: Proximity Productions
PRODUCER: Team Thirteen
WRITTEN AND DIRECTED BY: Matt Sheridan
CAMERAWORK: Kevin Steen, John James, Vinnie Urgo, Matt Sheridan
AERIAL CAMERAWORK: Noah Bahnson
EDITING: Matt Sheridan and Shane McFalls
MUSIC: Milton Menasco
Bouken Boy Media presents a B.A.S.E. Jumping film with what may be a world first: 3-way B.A.S.E. CRW. Throw in a bunch of colourful locations and characters, add a pinch of head-banging foot-stomping soundtrack and you've got yourself a jump film buddeh!
Cut by: Blake Byles
Music: 'Two Steps, Twice' - Foals
Maurizio Di Palma
Chris 'Douggs' McDougall