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 production with the feature film project Legacies of Lesbian Literature.


ARTIST STATEMENT

I am innately drawn to creating work that reflects diversity and human understanding. With animation, I present themes of human interest in a childlike and simple fashion to draw viewers into the deeper meanings behind the work.  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

Professional Experience

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

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

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

2008
Marketing Assistant - Outcast Films

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

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

2017
Judge, Student Films, Bison Bison Film Festival

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

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

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

Selected Group Exhibitions

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

2012
Library Thoughts - Budapest, Hungary

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

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

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

Installations & Public Art

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

2010
Communified - Video Installation, 4Culture: Electronic Gallery, Seattle, WA
I Fly, You Fly - Zoetrope Sculpture, Art on the River, Dubuque, IA

2009
Humans & Earth - Zoetrope Sculpture, Avenue of the Arts, Boynton Beach, FL
Evolvement: Life, Nature, Communication - Zoetrope Sculpture Series, Avenue of the Arts, KC, MO
Kinder Joy - Video Installation, Lawrence Art Center - Lawrence, KS

2008
Communification - Video Installation, Trap Gallery, Kansas City, MO

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

Selected Screenings

2018
Quantum Qollaborations - Baldwin Wallace University, Cleveland, Ohio

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

2015
Sketchbook - Kansas International Film Festival, OP, KS

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

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

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

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

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

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

2005
The Real World is Full of Dummies - One Night Stand Film Festival, KC, MO
Assembling Pancho Villa - Temecula Film Festival, Temecula, CA

2004
Assembling Pancho Villa - Every Picture Tells a Story Film Festival, KC, MO

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

Awards & Honors

2017
Beyond Belief - Regional Emmy nomination

2011
Candy Apple Red - Best LGBT Film, SENE Festival

2008
Selected Artist - Creative Capital, Professional Development Workshop

2006
The Same, But Different - Best Feature Film, KC Jubilee Film Festival
Serial Killers, Swingers & Boy Scouts - Best Interpretation of Artist, Every Picture Tells a Story

2005
Kansas City’s Emerging Film Artist, Kansas City Star
The Real World is Full of Dummies - 1st Place Best Animation, One Night Stand Film Festival

2004
Ripped - 2nd Place Best Documentary, Every Picture Tells a Story Film Festival

2003
Assembling Pancho Villa - 1st Place Best Documentary, Every Picture Tells a Story Film Festival
Box This - 1st Place Best Animation, KC Jubilee Film Festival
Box This - 3rd Place Open Division, KAN Film Festival

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

Grants

2011
Arizona Commission on the Arts - Professional Development Grant to attend TransCultural Exchange Residency Conference on International Opportunities in the Arts: The Interconnected World

2008
Arts Council of Metropolitan Kansas City - Inspiration Grant to complete feature film soundtrack

Education

1999
University of Kansas, B.A. in Advertising