Karyl Evans Productions | Award-Winning Production



Documentary Films


The Life and Gardens of BEATRIX FARRAND

This is the first documentary ever produced about the life and gardens of the most successful female landscape architect in early 20th century America. This compelling film chronicles the life of one of the founders of the American Society of Landscape Architects, Beatrix Farrand (1872-1959) who was the niece of Edith Wharton. Beatrix grew up in the privileged world of the East Coast elite and fought through the challenges of working in a male-dominated profession to successfully design over 200 landscapes during her remarkable 50-year career. (40 minutes)

For more information about this film and to book speaker/screening events visit: BeatrixFarrandDocumentary.com 


The New Haven Green: Heart of a City

This documentary explores the rich history of New Haven, Connecticut through the lens of the New Haven Green, a public park which continues to be the center of civic, religious, educational, and commercial life in New Haven. (30 minutes)

Narrated by Paul Giamatti  

3 Emmy Award Nominations


Grove Street Cemetery: City of the Dead, City of the Living

This documentary explores New Haven’s Grove Street Cemetery, a National Historic Landmark founded in 1797. The film takes a look at the cemetery’s historical significance, the people interred there, funerary art, landscape plantings, and the extensive community involvement with the site. (30 minutes)   

2 Emmy Award Nominations


Letter From Italy, 1944: A New American Oratorio

This documentary tells the true story of a 10th Mountain Division World War II soldier who returns from war with PTSD and how his condition affects his relationships with his wife and family. The compelling narrative is told through the lens of the making of an oratorio (sung prayer) written by the soldier’s two daughters in 2013. (1 hour) 

Narrated by Meryl Streep  

1 Emmy Award 


Letter From Italy, 1944: World Premiere Concert

This is the complete premiere performance of the Letter from Italy, 1944 oratorio performed by the GMChorale in 2013. The oratorio is based on the true story of how one soldier’s PTSD affected his relationships with his family when he returned home from war.  Oscar Award winner Meryl Streep narrates a short documentary introducing the concert at the beginning of the program. (2 hours)  


The History of African Americans in Connecticut: Colonial Era to Civil War

Narrated by Ozzie Davis, this documentary - the first part in a two-part series, recounts the significant events and individuals in the history of African Americans in Connecticut from the Colonial era to the Civil War. (1 hour) 


The History of African Americans in Connecticut: Civil War to Civil Rights

Narrated by Ruby Dee, this documentary - the second part in a two-part series, chronicles the significant events and individuals in the history of African Americans in Connecticut from just after the Civil War to the Civil Rights era. (1 hour)   

3 Emmy Awards  


The Road to Freedom: Connecticut's African American Freedom Trail

This documentary takes viewers along the African American Freedom Trail in Connecticut. The film highlights the significant people and events that helped move the struggle for freedom, justice, and equality forward in the state. (40 minutes)   

1 Emmy Award


Connecticut and its Cities: Three Centuries of Change

This documentary - the first part of a two-part series, recounts 300 years of growth and change in Connecticut cities from the Colonial era to modern times. (1 hour)   

1 Emmy Award Nomination   


Connecticut and its Cities: The Challenge of Renewal

This documentary - the second part of a two-part series, explores the challenges facing Connecticut cities today and what city residents and government are doing to resolve them. (1 hour) 

1 Emmy Award Nomination 


The Rise and Fall of Newgate Prison: A Story of Crime and Punishment in Connecticut

This documentary recounts the history of crime and punishment in Connecticut through the prism of New-Gate Prison, Connecticut’s oldest prison and a National Historic Landmark, founded in 1773. (1 hour)   

Award of Merit, American Association for State & Local History
Award of Merit, Connecticut League of History Organizations
1 Emmy Award Nomination


The Amistad Revolt: All We Want is Make us Free

This documentary tells the dramatic story of the Amistad captives who, after being kidnapped, committed mutiny onboard the schooner Amistad in 1839, then were put on trial, and ultimately won their freedom in a famous U.S. Supreme Court Case. (33 minutes) 

Silver Gavel Award (National Award) American Bar Association



Tribute Awards Videos

Award Videos for the Connecticut Women’s Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony  

Annie Leibovitz

Jane Pauley

Full list of CWHF Tribute Films by Karyl Evans

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Short Documentary Films

Connecticut's Cultural Treasures


Shore Line Trolley Museum

Grove Street Cemetery  


Full list of Connecticut's Cultural Treasures Films by Karyl Evans

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New Haven Symphony Orchestra’s Connecticut Youth Orchestra Festival  

This documentary takes viewers inside the New Haven Symphony Orchestra’s inaugural Connecticut Youth Orchestra Festival. This video was successfully used in a  NEA grant application by the New Haven Symphony Orchestra to secure future funding. (9 Minutes)  


Noah Webster: Schoolmaster of America  

This museum orientation film for the Noah Webster House Museum brings to life the major contributions of one of America’s founding fathers - Noah Webster, using actors, historical locations, first person quotes, archival documents, and narration. (16 minutes) 


Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in Connecticut

During the Civil Rights era, Dr. Martin Luther King visited a number of Connecticut towns including New Haven, Bridgeport, and Middletown. His influence in the state during that turbulent time is recounted by the people who remember his substantial impact. (9 minutes)  

1 Emmy Award Nomination


Marketing Spots


Over 500 Marketing Spots for clients including: Newman’s Own Foundation, AARP, Anthem, CT Council on Developmental Disabilities, KBE Building Corporation, Carvel, Oakdale Theatre, Connecticut Forum, Bushnell, Rizzuto’s, Warner Theater, Faith Middleton Events, Carla’s Pasta, Society of Civil Engineers, Webster Bank, Big Y, Richard Turlington Architects, Mark Twain House, Infinity Hall, Wisdom House, Connecticut Science Center, Palace Theater, People’s Bank, ProHealth Physicians, Connecticut Ballet, Columbia Dental, Lyman Orchards, Tanger Outlets, The Jackson Laboratory, and UCONN Women’s Basketball.


Carla’s Pasta  

30 second marketing spot for Carla’s Pasta. 


GoFundMe Videos


Letter From Italy, 1944 Concert, The Bushnell, Hartford, CT


Documentary Projects for Yale University


Yale School of Medicine

Ancient Art, Modern Science: 200 Years of Medicine at Yale

Documentary about the 200 year history of the Yale School of Medicine.

Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History

Creating the Peabody’s Torosaurus: Dinosaur Science, Dinosaur Art

This documentary follows the work of sculptor Michael Anderson as he brings a 21-foot Torosaurus dinosaur to life in the form of a life-size bronze sculpture for the Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History. (30 minutes)

1 Emmy Award

Yale School of Management

15 part series highlighting business leaders used by professors in the classroom.

Yale Divinity School

Series of videos for fundraising campaign.

Molecular Cellular and Developmental Biology Department, Yale University

Short documentary about Beatrix Farrand’s work on the Yale University campus.

Yale School of Management

Interviews for a future documentary on the history of the Yale School of Management.


Additional Video Projects

Community of Hope

Documentary tells the success stories of two clients supported by the work of the Connecticut Mental Health Center in New Haven, Connecticut. (15 minutes)

Seniors Living a Quality Life

Ten part series about elder issues for Connecticut Public Television in Hartford, Connecticut. (1 hour each)

Making a Joyful Noise

A documentary about the making of James Baldwin’s play, The Amen Corner, at Long Wharf Theatre as experienced through the eyes of the participating actors, designers, and producers. Produced in partnership with WTNH, New Haven (ABC Affiliate) and Long Wharf Theatre, New Haven, Connecticut. (1 hour)

The Gracie (National Award) Foundation of American Women in Radio and Television