2015 Dallas International Film Festival: Being Evel
An eccentric daredevil, a brash pop icon, and a real-life American superhero to many in the 1970s ... these are just a few ways to describe Evel Knievel. In Being Evel, Academy Award-winning filmmaker Daniel Junge, teams up with actor/producer Johnny Knoxville to share the complex and epic story of Knievel’s life.
After growing up in a rough Montana mining town, Knievel got his first motorcycle; he was instantly hooked and began his death-defying tricks. His popularity grew, as did his stunts, after several “Wide World of Sports” appearances – most notably his failed jump of the fountains at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. Almost fifty years later, Knievel is often credited with creating the genre of extreme sports-theater.
With insights from those that knew him best and footage of his stunning landings and disastrous crashes, Being Evel gives audiences a rare glimpse into this bigger-than-life legend and the influence he left on our culture.