BASE jumping is the sport of parachuting from
fixed objects such as skyscrapers (BASE is an acronym that stands
for Building, Antennae, Spans (bridges) and Earth structures
(cliffs) -- the four types of objects jumped.)
Altitude explores the psychology of one jumper and
documents his activity in the dawn and pre-dawn world of downtown
The film was co-directed in 1990 by
John Starr and Roger Teich.
Over the years, the film has screened
at numerous film festivals including Sundance, the Houston
International Film Festival and the American Film Institute Los
Angeles Film Festival. It toured with the first annual
Festival of Short Films, and has also received several awards
including Best Student Documentary at the Atlanta Film Festival, and
the IDA/David L. Wolper documentary Merit award.
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Obtaining a viewing
copy of Stealing Altitude:
You can obtain a
screening, preview or personal copy of Stealing Altitude by contacting
the USC Moving Image Archive and requesting a copy. Their
number in Los Angeles is (213) 740-1567.
Their mailing address
USC Moving Image
School of Cinema-Television
Los Angeles, CA 90089-2211
ATTN: Valarie Schwan
The film is archived
in several formats including:
FILM: 16mm, 35mm
VIDEO: 1", 3/4" & VHS
A lab fee will be applied.
Such fees cover both the expense of striking dubs, and also aid
in the upkeep of the USC student film archives. In addition
to lab fees, you may also be responsible for shipping & handling
As of 8/99, the cost for a single
VHS copy of the film, mailed within the United States is $35.00.