Filmmaker Mark Evans has been telling stories for several years, mostly through commercials.
The 1999 Richland High grad is now producing and directing a documentary about rock 'n' roll hall of famer Marco Collins and his influence on the Seattle grunge scene.
Collins was the first radio personality to play and champion the grunge music scene in Seattle.
Evans has begun a Kickstarter campaign to raise the money to finish the film, The Glamour & The Squalor, which is about 90 percent complete.
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He first developed the movie as a feature film about the Seattle grunge scene in the 1990s.
"I first saw it as version of Midnight in Paris as seen through the eyes of the most important radio station in the city, 107.7 The End," he said. "When I researched who the main players at the station were, it became clear that Marco was by far the most important person there, so I focused my research on him.
"His role in shaping that music scene can't be overestimated. Collins was the gatekeeper in the middle of a cultural revolution."
But Evans says the project became a personal journey that turned his movie into a documentary about the well-known disc jockey.
"Marco is gay, in the closet at the time, and this fact both made the bands like Nirvana and Pearl Jam accept him more," Evans said. "But (being gay) also was something that really haunted Collins and ultimately pushed him deep into drugs. He never came out to his (listeners) for fear of losing ratings."
Evans didn't intend to become a filmmaker.
The son of Sheri Noland of Richland, Evans was a baseball standout at Richland High. After graduation, he attended Washington State University, where he graduated in 2003 with a marketing degree. He now lives in San Diego with his wife and child.
"Pro sports would have been a dream, but I just wasn't good enough (to pursue that goal)," he said.
His stepbrother Kevin Nolan, who lives in Spokane, introduced Evans to filmmaking.
"He worked in the film industry for 15 years before we decided to work on some projects together," Evans said. "Kevin and I started working on a documentary about Haiti after the earthquake hit there in 2010."
Evans is hopeful his Kickstarter campaign will bring the funding he needs to finish editing the film for distribution.
Donations can be made at www.kickstarter.com. Search for The Glamour & The Squalor. The campaign goal is $50,000, and so far the pledges exceed $32,000with a June 1 deadline looming.
-- Dori O'Neal: 582-1514; email@example.com; Twitter: @dorioneal