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 over thirty 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.

Select Awards 

1999/2002/04/11 NY State Council on the Arts Grant (Individual Artists Program)

1999   Jerome Foundation – NYC Film and Video Grant

2000   IFP’s Gordon Parks Award for Screenwriting

2000/2004      Vito Russo Award and Showtime Vanguard Award (NewFest)

2000   MIX Emerging Innovator Award (NY Experimental Gay/Lesbian Festival)


2003/04  Rockefeller Foundation-Media Arts Fellowship

2004   Sundance Film Festival (Special Jury Prize, Dramatic Competition)

2004  Audience Award, Best Fiction Feature

           (San Francisco Gay and Lesbian Film Festival)

2004  Audience Award and Grand Jury Prize, Best Feature (Outfest LA)

2004  Nominee for IFP Gotham Award, Breakthrough Director

2004   Nominee for 4 IFP Spirit Awards including Best First Film and Best First     Screenplay

2005   NY Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in Film/Video

2005   HBO’s Director To Watch Award, Black Movie Awards

2006  Recipient of development financing from ITVS-Diversity Development Fund


2008  Recipient of research and development funds from NBPC

2008  Creative Capital Foundation Grant

2008  Guggenheim Fellowship

2008  Tribeca All Access Program-Honorable Mention-Creative Promise Award

2008  Winner-NewFest Screenplay Competition

2009  Binger Film Lab Fellowship-Director’s Coaching Programme


2012  Frameline Completion Fund Grant

2012  Philadelphia Independent Film and Video Association Grant

2016  Swarthmore Faculty Research Grant

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