Being Evel

Las Vegas – The return of CineVegas at this year’s Las Vegas Film Festival (LVFF) grows even stronger with the addition of Evel Knievel documentary “Being Evel.” The film tells the real story behind the man who blurred the line between daredevil and superhero, and will screen at the Inspire Theater in Downtown Las Vegas on Saturday, Aug. 15 at 6:30 p.m.

“Being Evel,” directed by documentarian and CineVegas alum Daniel Junge, and produced by “Jackass” co-creators Johnny Knoxville and Jeff Tremaine, explores the lesser-known side of the man behind the mayhem. With commentary from some of today’s most notorious action sports stars, including Travis Pastrana, Mat Hoffman and Knoxville himself, “Being Evel” pulls no punches in going behind the curtain of character that wooed and wowed America with fearlessness in the 1960s and ‘70s.

“This is an incredible addition to an already stellar lineup of films being presented by CineVegas,” said CineVegas President, Robin Greenspun. “To be able to showcase a documentary about a person, Evel Knievel, with such a storied history in Las Vegas, is really what makes this exciting for us.”

“Being Evel,” which premiered at Sundance Film Festival in January of this year, is currently available for pre-order on iTunes.

The LVFF takes place at Inspire Theater in Downtown Las Vegas from Aug. 11 to 16. Tickets and passes to the 2015 Las Vegas Film Festival can be purchased by visiting, or at the Inspire Theater box office. The Ambassador VIP All Access Festival Pass includes tickets to the CineVegas reunion party held at the El Cortez Hotel on Thursday, Aug. 13.

Being Evel

Director: Daniel Junge, U.S.

Producers: Johnny Knoxville, U.S.; Jeff Tremaine, U.S.; Mat Hoffman, U.S.

Few names are more synonymous with the phrase “death-defying” than Evel Knievel. The famously bold and death-defying stunt man captivated a nation from his notorious 1967 crash in front of Caesars Palace in 1967 and throughout the 1970s. Featuring commentary and memories shared by action sports superstars, this Daniel Junge-directed documentary explores the lesser-known adolescence of Knievel, the child from Butte, Montana.

About CineVegas

CineVegas served the Las Vegas community for many years as the city’s premiere film festival beginning in 1999. The festival strove to highlight the most exciting offerings from up-and-coming filmmakers and visionary veterans and grew to one of the top festivals in the country. After a hiatus from 2009 to 2015, the festival is back to serve Las Vegas’ artistic needs once more with programming in association with the Las Vegas Film Festival. This year, CineVegas will present four films selected by former Director of Programming Trevor Groth and former Associate Director of Programming Mike Plante.

About Las Vegas Film Festival

Las Vegas Film Festival, LVFF, is a celebration of cultural discovery through the art of visual storytelling. It is a festival motivated by cinema culture, community and connecting industry professionals with independent filmmakers from all around the world. The festival’s goal each year is to inspire attendees and offer a creative outlet to passionate independent storytellers. recently became a presenting sponsor, and with its support, LVFF has begun growing a festival community in energetic Downtown Las Vegas.