Discipline: Film/Video – documentary, Film/Video – screenplay

Rodney Evans

Discipline: Film/Video – documentary, Film/Video – screenplay
Region: Brooklyn, NY
MacDowell Fellowships: 2004, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2017

Rodney Evans has been making award-winning films and videos for more than 20 years. His latest documentary, Vision Portraits, premiered at the SXSW festival in March 2019. He is the writer/director/producer of the feature film Brother To Brother which won the Special Jury Prize in Drama at the 2004 Sundance Film Festival. The film had its European premiere at The Berlin International Film Festival and was nominated for 2 IFP Gotham Awards and 4 Independent Spirit Awards including Best First Film and Best First Screenplay. His second feature-length screenplay, Day Dream, was the first place winner of the Newfest Screenplay competition. Evans has received funding from The Guggenheim Foundation, The Creative Capital Foundation, The NY State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) and The Independent Television Service (ITVS). His second narrative feature, The Happy Sad, has played at more than 30 film festivals throughout the world and had its U.S. theatrical premiere in August 2013 at the IFC Center in NYC and the Sundance Sunset Cinema in Los Angeles. Evans has taught at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, Princeton, Swarthmore, Bryn Mawr, Cooper Union and School of Visual Arts. His latest short documentary, Persistence of Vision, screened at BAMcinemaFest, Frameline and The Ann Arbor International Film Festival (Winner-Jury Prize) in 2016-17.


Phi Beta

Rodney Evans worked in the Phi Beta studio.

Funded by the Phi Beta Fraternity, a national professional fraternity of music and speech founded in 1912, Phi Beta Studio was built between 1929–1931 of granite quarried on the MacDowell grounds. The small studio is a simple in design, but displays a pleasing combination of materials with its granite walls and colorful slate roofing. Inside is…

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