Evan Villari


JWU Faculty Since 2015

Associate Professor Evan Villari

Contact Info


As a self-described experimental autobiographic documentary filmmaker, Evan Villari creates small pictures from his own experiences, which contribute to larger societal conversations. His films, shot both digitally and on celluloid, have been shown in group and solo screenings from Boston to Anchorage.

The past 15 years have found him in the classroom teaching a variety of media production, filmmaking and communication courses.

Previously, Villari served on the faculty of Rhode Island School of Design in both the Film/Animation/Video degree program as well as in the Continuing Education Division, where he was the program advisor to the Digital Video Production and Animation + Video Programs. In 2009, while at RISD, he was recognized with a Teacher of Excellence award.


  • M.F.A., Visual Arts: Film/Video Production, Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University

In my classroom, I provide an environment where my students’ unique identities are of utmost importance. Our meetings and the subsequent work they produce — ranging from short films to presentations to essays — are a celebration of self.

Scholarly Interests

Media Production
Electronic Cinema
Documentary Filmmaking
Experimental Filmmaking


  • MCST 1150: Introduction to Media Production
  • MCST 2610: Motion Picture Editing
  • MCST 3650: Documentary Filmmaking
  • MCST 3600: Narrative Filmmaking

Professional Affiliations

International Documentary Association
American Communications Association
Photographic Historical Society of New England
Leadership Rhode Island, Kappa II Class of 2014


Honors And Awards

  • Independent Producer Funds - Rhode Island PBS - 2021
  • Documentary Production/Major Grant - Rhode Island Council for the Humanities - 2020
  • Documentary Development Grant - Rhode Island Council for the Humanities - 2019
  • Individual Research Grant - Rhode Island Council for the Humanities - 2018