Lisa Marie Evans is a filmmaker, animator and artist advocate. Evans shares knowledge to empower artists and community. She has developed curricula, taught filmmaking to all ages, and programmed film festivals and events.
Evans was a keynote speaker with her feature documentary, “In Her Words: 20th Century Lesbian Fiction,” at Gendercom: the International Conference on Gender & Communication in Viterbo, Italy. “In Her Words” was the first film to win the Publishing Triangle’s Leadership Award. In 2022 the film screened at festivals in Italy, Perú, the United States, Ireland, Spain, and Mexico. The film received an honorable mention from OutFest Perú and two awards from the Palm Springs LGBTQ Film Festival, including Director’s Choice and Festival Favorite. “In Her Words" will screen in 2023 at Queer Screen's 30th Mardi Gras Film Festival during World Pride in Sydney, Australia.
Evans co-produced “Beyond Belief,” a digital storytelling project in partnership with the Association of Independents in Radio and Kansas City PBS. She was the project manager, editor and animator for OZCast, an online creative series featuring local, regional and national artists. She is a 2021 recipient of the Arkansas Arts Council’s Fellowship Award in Cinematic Arts.
Evans co-founded and co-curates “Collision: When Visions Combine,” an annual performance event at the Momentary. She has mentored hundreds of multidisciplinary artists through Mid-America Arts Alliance’s Artist INC and in her current role as the Director of Creative Development for CACHE, where she leads professional development programming and grant-making for artists.