The short film “Being Evel,” created by Claire Gostin, Payton Whatley, Kiante Parker and Fiona McLennan for a Tacoma Community College Gig Harbor Film Production Class, has travelled far beyond the classroom. The story of a girl inspired by the daring feats of Evel Knievel premiered at the Gig Harbor Student Film Showcase in the fall of 2014. In the spring of 2015 it was shown at Tacoma’s Grand Cinema as a TCC Diversity Film Festival selection. Now it’s been chosen as an Official Selection by the All American High School Film Festival, Oct. 9-11 in New York City.
Gostin plans to attend the festival, which has multiple workshops, screenings, and professional development opportunities to choose from. Whatley and McLennan may go too.
“What a cool accomplishment for first-time filmmakers!” said Film Production Instructor Phil Wilson. “As a teacher I don’t think I’ve ever received better news.”
The production partnership that made “Being Evel” also outlasted the class. The team plans to start filming a documentary soon.