Down To Earth
Feature Documentary | 50 min | US | 2015
His only way home was to jump.
Ernesto Gainza stands 4,000 meters above the ground in Dubai, preparing to set a Guinness world record skydiving with the smallest and fastest parachute in history. Despite the enormous risk, he jumps. Born in Valencia, Venezuela, Ernesto’s father died days before he was born, leaving his mother to care for him and his sister single-handedly in humble circumstances. After a difficult divorce, Ernesto gave up everything to move to Europe and take a skydiving course. His life changed forever and a career in parachute stunts quickly developed into a dream of setting a world record by April 5, 2014. DOWN TO EARTH is the culmination of two years filming across five countries leading up to this day. In the film, Ernesto travels back home to Venezuela for the first time in years, struggling to make sense of the dangerous life he chose and find acceptance from a family he left behind. More than a story of human resilience, this is a story of a man who must risk his life to come to terms with his past. In the end, Ernesto’s will to survive is not for the world record, but to come down to earth and find his way home.
– Broadcast on CNN Latin America
– Worldwide Distribution by The Orchard Sports