Acclaimed Director and BPM Game Changer Rodney Evans (Brother to Brother and The Happy Sad) takes viewers on a personal journey as he ponders how the deterioration of his vision will impact his life and work as a filmmaker. Interviewing blind and low vision artists — a photographer, a dancer and a writer — Evans embarks on a quest to learn how other artists have continued to create art and how their journeys might serve as inspiration for his own. The online streaming of Vision Portraits will include descriptive video information (DVI track) and closed captioning.
Vision Portraits is a BPM co-production that is streaming on the WORLD Channel's America ReFramed documentary series through Aug. 29, 2020.
Rodney Evans is the writer/director/producer of the feature film Brother To Brother, which won the Special Jury Prize in Drama at the Sundance Film Festival. The film had its European premiere at The Berlin International Film Festival and garnered four Independent Spirit Award nominations including Best First Film, Best First Screenplay, Best Debut Performance for Anthony Mackie and Best Supporting Male Performance for Roger Robinson. Evans has received funding from The John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, The Ford Foundation’s JustFilms Program, The Creative Capital Foundation, The Rockefeller Foundation, The NY State Council on the Arts (NYSCA), The Independent Television Service (ITVS) and Black Public Media (BPM). His second narrative feature, The Happy Sad, has played at 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 and Swarthmore. His recent documentary short Persistence of Vision screened at BAMcinemaFest and Frameline: The San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival in June 2016. It recently won the Jury Prize at the Ann Arbor International Film Festival in 2017. His latest feature, Vision Portraits, will have its World Premiere at the 2019 SXSW Film Festival in the Documentary Feature Competition.
Rodney Evans — writer, director, producer
Rob Wunder — co-producer
Joseph Lovett — executive producer
Kjerstin Rossi and Mark Tumas — cinematographers
Hannah Buck — editor
Brooke Wentz — music supervisor
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