BIO

Filmmaker Lisa Marie Evans’ work varies in form from feature length documentaries to short animation and public art installation. As a selected artist for various awards and grants, Evans participates in artist residencies and screens her work internationally, including Hungary, France, the Philippines and Canada.

Evans thrives on being active within her community.  She has developed curricula and taught filmmaking to all ages, programmed films for festivals and screenings, served on the board for multiple film organizations, and currently facilitates professional development programs for artists with Artist INC.

Evans co-produced Beyond Belief, a digital storytelling project through AIR’s (Association of Independents in Radio) Localore: Finding America.  Partnering with Kansas City Public Television, the 30-minute film received a regional Emmy nomination in 2017.  Currently, Evans is in post-production with the feature film project In Her Words: 20th Century Lesbian Fiction.


ARTIST STATEMENT

I am innately drawn to creating work that reflects diversity and human understanding. With animation, I present themes of human emotion and transformation through a collage of moving layers and images to create a meditation through the work and further contemplation of the themes.  In my documentary work, I choose subjects whose lives, as a whole, seem far from the norm.  By presenting their lives in pieces, I find viewers are able to relate in some aspect, wherein lies a connection.  Thus we are not so separate. 

As I work to stimulate understanding, I experiment with creating change through an energy wave of human empathy and connectivity.


RESUMÉ

Selected Screenings

2019
The Dali Museum, St. Petersburg, FL - In Her Words: 20th Century Lesbian Fiction promo trailer
21c Museum Hotel, Bentonville, AR - In Her Words: 20th Century Lesbian Fiction short work-in-progress

2018
Baldwin Wallace University, Cleveland, Ohio - Quantum Qollaborations

2016
Kansas City Public Television & PBS online - Beyond Belief
Kansas City Public Television - Princesita
Kansas City Public Television - Interfaith Iftar
Kansas International Film Festival, OP, KS - Echo, and Princesita

2015
Kansas International Film Festival, OP, KS - Sketchbook

2014
La Bibliothèque Municipale de Cauterets, France - Les Signes de la Vie
Kansas International Film Festival, OP, KS - OutWrite

2013
Kansas City Gay & Lesbian Film + Video Festival - OutWrite

2011
America Now and Here, KC, MO - Candy Apple Red
Gateway Film Festival, Lamoni, IA - Box This
Gateway Film Festival, Lamoni, IA - Candy Apple Red
SENE Festival - Providence, WA - Candy Apple Red

2009
University of Philippines, Manila, Philippines - The Same, But Different

2008
Image + Nation Film Festival, Montreal, QC - The Same, But Different
Out On Screen Film Festival, Vancouver, BC - The Same, But Different
Kansas City Gay & Lesbian Film + Video Festival, KC, MO - When You Knew

2006
KC Jubilee Film Festival, KC, MO - The Same, But Different
Seattle Transgender Film Festival, Seattle, WA - The Same, But Different

2005
Temecula Film Festival, Temecula, CA - Assembling Pancho Villa

2003
Temecula Film Festival, Temecula, CA - Box This
KAN Film Festival, Lawrence, KS - Box This
KC Jubilee Film Festival, KC, MO - Box This

Selected Group Exhibitions

2018
La Esquina, KC, MO - Emergence of Post-Human Cartographies

2012
Hungarian Multicultural Centers, Budapest, Hungary - Library Thoughts

2010
Paragraph Gallery, KC, MO - Cumulus
Minna Gallery, San Francisco, CA - A Million Little Pictures -

2009
Art House Gallery, Atlanta, GA - Original Motion Picture Flip Book
Art House Gallery, Atlanta, GA - A Million Little Pictures -
Leedy-Voulkos Art Center, KC, MO - Miscommunication

2008
Leedy-Voulkos Art Center, KC, MO - Renegades of Funk

Installations & Public Art

2018
Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, North Adams, MA - Zoetrope sculpture

2010
4Culture: Electronic Gallery, Seattle, WA - Communified video installation
Art on the River, Dubuque, IA - I Fly, You Fly zoetrope sculpture

2009
Avenue of the Arts, Boynton Beach, FL - Humans & Earth zoetrope sculpture,
Avenue of the Arts, KC, MO - Evolvement: Life, Nature, Communication zoetrope sculpture series
Lawrence Art Center - Lawrence, KS - Kinder Joy video installation

2008
Trap Gallery, Kansas City, MO - Communification video installation and window exhibit

Commissions

2013
OutWrite - Kansas City Gay & Lesbian Film + Video Festival

2008
When You Knew - Kansas City Gay & Lesbian Film + Video Festival

2007
Youth Out Loud: Hate Crimes as Human Disaster - Learn & Serve America and Campfire USA

Awards & Honors

2017
Regional Emmy nomination - Beyond Belief

2011
Professional Development Grant - Arizona Commission on the Arts
Best LGBT Film, SENE Festival - Candy Apple Red

2008
Inspiration Grant - Arts Council of Metropolitan Kansas City
Creative Capital, Professional Development Workshop - Selected Artist

2006
Best Feature Film, KC Jubilee Film Festival - The Same, But Different

2005
Kansas City’s Emerging Film Artist, Kansas City Star

2003
Best Animation, KC Jubilee Film Festival - Box This

Residencies

2014
Self-Directed Artist Residency with Minnie Valero - Cauterets, France

2012
Hungarian Multicultural Center’s Artist in Residence - Budapest, Hungary

2009
Charlotte Street Foundation’s Studio Residency Program - Kansas City, MO

Professional Experience

2008 - Present
Facilitator & Community Liaison, Artist INC, a professional development program for artists

2016-2017
Community Organizer & Host, What Works Wednesdays, artist presentations and peer-to-peer dialogue series

2015-2017
Feature Documentary Programmer, Kansas International Film Festival

2016
Coproducer - Beyond Belief, Localore: Finding America, KCPT & Association of Independents in Radio

2008-2009
Adjunct Professor - University of Missouri Kansas City, Introduction to Film & Video Methods

2008-2009
Instructor - Kansas City Art Institute, Introduction to the World of Digital Possibilities

2007
Production Coordinator - Earthwork Feature Film

2005
Festival Director - IndyOutties: Kansas City’s Friendly Film Fest

2003-2008
Filmmaker & Youth Mentor - Sentenced to the Arts, Jackson County Family Courts

2003 - 2007
Director of Service-Learning - Camp Fire USA, Heartland Council

Community

2015-2018
Co-Chair, Expressions Art Exhibition: Showcasing Artists with Disabilities, The Whole Person

2015-2017
Board Member, Kansas City Women in Film & Television

2017
Judge, Feature Documentaries, St. Louis International Film Festival

2017
Judge, Student Films, Bison Bison Film Festival

2011-2012
Board Member, FilmOut San Diego

2007-2009
Electronic Media Arts Panelist, Missouri Arts Council

2005-2008
Committee Member, Crosscut: Women Making Movies

2005-2008
Youth Mentor and Diversity Trainer, National Conference for Community & Justice

2002-2004
Board Member, Independent Filmmakers Coalition of Kansas City

2002-2004
Facilitator, Passages: Kansas City’s LGBT Youth Group

Education

1999
University of Kansas, B.A. in Advertising