Filmmaker Daniel Junge, who won an Academy Award in 2012 for the documentary short Saving Face, made his official Sundance Film Festival debut yesterday with his new documentary, Being Evel. And another Colorado filmmaker, Louie Psihoyos, was back at the iconic Utah festival this past weekend with his second doc.
See also: Daniel Junge on his Oscar nomination, Saving Face, and the Colorado film industry
impresario Johnny Knoxville, the film flashes back to the '70s to tell the wild tale of Evel Knievel, the brash, fearless and foolish daredevil who captivated the world with his death-defying stunts. The doc was shot by local cinematographer Robert Muratore (Doc of the Dead, The Frame
) and edited by Denverite Davis Coombe (Hanna Ranch, Keep On Keeping On
). No word yet on whenBeing Evel
will hit theaters, but if it steals the Sundance documentary competition you can expect it sooner rather than later.
Boulder native Louie Psihoyos, who took home an Oscar for his 2009 doc,The Cove
, returned to his Sundance roots this last Saturday with the debut of his sophomore effort,Racing Extinction
. The doc draws attention to the continued black market trade in endangered aquatic species, but also strives to inspire hope that we can change direction -- teaming up with activists, scientists, nature photographers and radical inventors to shine a light on just how close we are to losing it all.Racing Extinction
is also in competition at Sundance, but given the success of Psihoyos's debut,Racing Extinction
will likely make he rounds whether it wins or not.
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