Being Evel

A generation of Americans grew up worshipping self-styled hero Evel Knievel – watching him every Saturday on Wide World of Sports and buying his Ideal toys. For producer/subject Johnny Knoxville and so many others, he was the ultimate antidote to the disenchantment of the 70’s. But few knew the incredible and often complex aspects of his epic life, which, like his jumps, was sometimes glorious and sometimes disastrous. With an entire genre of sports ascending from his daring inventiveness, now is the time to look at this extreme man and his complicated legacy. Academy Award-winning director Daniel Junge delivers thrills and spills, while also reflecting on what our heroes represent in ourselves.

Documentary Feature

2015 Sundance Grand Jury Prize Nominee, Documentary

2015 Boulder International Film Festival, Grand Jury Prize

2015 deadCenter Film Festival Best Documentary

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Gravitas Ventures
History Films

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Director Daniel Junge Producers Johnny Knoxville, Jeff Tremaine, Mat Hoffman, Daniel Junge, Brendan Kiernan, Justin Moore-Lewy
Editor Davis Coombe Music John Jennings Boyd Cinematographer Robert Muratore
Post-Production Supervisor Chad Herschberger Post-Production Coordinator Cathy Trekloff
Animator Stefan Nadelman, James Durée, and Chad Herschberger Compositor James Durée and Chad Herschberger
Color-Correction Dave Krahling and Patrick Huber

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