Karyl Evans Productions | Award-Winning Production

Speaker / Screenings

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Karyl Evans is available for speaking engagements and screening events.  Ms. Evans is prepared to screen her films and facilitate discussion about a specific topic or speak about any aspect of her work as a documentary filmmaker. 

Karyl Evans has screened her films and lectured about the subject of her films and documentary filmmaking around the country for 30 years. She is on the National Speaker’s List of the Garden Club of America. Ms. Evans was a full-time professor at Southern Connecticut State University and is currently a Yale Fellow. 

To book screening/speaking events and to discuss fees/honorariums/expenses please fill out and submit the Screening Request Form (seen below) and we will be back in touch with you soon. 


 
 
The sold-out event was a tremendous success and earned extremely positive feedback from a capacity audience of 110 attendees. The film garnered high praise from audience members who were also excited to hear from the film’s creator in person. Ms. Evans gave fascinating insight into the making of the film and her exhaustive research on Beatrix Farrand. Many guests commented on the film’s stunning presentation of so many of Farrand’s commissions and the skill with which an extremely prolific career was encapsulated effectively in a short documentary format.
— Deborah Waugh, Director, Green Spring Gardens (National Historic Site) Alexandria, Virginia
 
 

Films Available for Screening Events


 
 

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 Beatrix Farrand (1872-1959) the niece of Edith Wharton, who grew up in the privileged world of the East Coast elite and fought through the challenges of working in a male-dominated profession to 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 the New Haven Green, a public green space which continues to be the center of civic, religious, educational, and commercial life in New Haven, Connecticut. Narrated by Paul Giamatti. (30 minutes)   

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. The film is narrated by Oscar Award winner Meryl Streep. (1 hour)   

1 Emmy Award 

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

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

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

Narrated by Ruby Dee, this documentary - the second part of 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  

 
 
 
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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  

 
 
 
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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

 
 
 
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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 Colonial times to modern times. (1 hour)   

1 Emmy Award Nomination

 
 
 
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Connecticut and Its Cities: The Challenge of Renewal 

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

1 Emmy Award Nomination

 
 
 
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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 and Local History
Award of Merit, Connecticut League of History Organizations
1 Emmy Award Nomination   

 
 
 
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The Amistad Revolt: All We Want is Make Us Free

This documentary tells the dramatic story of the Amistad captives who committed mutiny in 1839, were captured, and ultimately won their freedom in a famous U.S. Supreme Court Case. (33 minutes) 

Silver Gavel Award (National Award) American Bar Association

 
 

Speaker / Screenings Highlights


 Karyl Evans at a screening event for the National Building Museum

Karyl Evans at a screening event for the National Building Museum

 
 Karyl Evans speaking at a screening event for the Enfield Garden Club

Karyl Evans speaking at a screening event for the Enfield Garden Club

 Karyl Evans signing DVDs at the National Building Museum

Karyl Evans signing DVDs at the National Building Museum

I am the chairman of my club’s Garden History and Design committee and on Monday I hosted them for a viewing of your fabulous film. Beatrix Farrand is an inspiration and your film brought her to life in such a remarkable way.  The narrative was so expertly woven into the beautiful feast of images and the committee’s curiosity has now been piqued to learn more about the work she did for Oberlin College.  To inspire others to want to learn more is a mark of success and you have inspired us.  We are in awe of your immense talent and we thank you for this wonderful film.
— Mary H Harman, GCA Director, Zone X, Country Garden Club, Perrysburg, Ohio
 


The Life and Gardens of BEATRIX FARRAND Screening Events 

The National Building Museum
Washington, DC 

Beatrix Farrand Society Annual Meeting
College of the Atlantic, Bar Harbor, Maine 

American Society of Landscape Architects, Nevada Chapter
Las Vegas, Nevada

Green Spring Gardens, National Historical Site
Alexandria, Virginia 

Tower Hill Botanic Garden
Boylston, Massachusetts  

Garden Club of New Haven
New Haven, Connecticut 

Yale University Planning Department
New Haven, Connecticut

Harkness Memorial State Park
Waterford, Connecticut 

New Haven Documentary Film Festival
Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut 

Ocean Reef Garden Club
Key Largo, Florida 

Garden Club of Hartford
Hartford, Connecticut 

Fairfield Garden Club
Fairfield, Connecticut

Essex Library
Essex, Connecticut

Jesup Memorial Library
Bar Harbor, Maine 

Enfield Garden Club
Enfield, Connecticut 

Leete’s Island Garden Club
Branford, Connecticut 

Jonathan Edwards College
Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut 

The Club at Morys
Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut 

University of Maine
The Horticulture Club, Orono, Maine 

 

 

Letter from Italy, 1944: A New American Oratorio Screening Events

President’s College Lecture Series, The University of Hartford
Hartford, Connecticut

Yale University, Whitney Humanities Center
New Haven, Connecticut

Russell Library
Middletown, Connecticut

New Haven Documentary Film Festival
Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut

Veterans Hospital
West Haven, Connecticut

 

 

The New Haven Green: Heart of a City Screening Events

Garden Club of New Haven and Proprietors of the New Haven Green, Whitney Humanities Center
Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut

New Haven Documentary Film Festival
Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut

Lyric Hall Screening and Conversation
New Haven, Connecticut

The Club at Morys
Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut

Jonathan Edwards College, Fellow’s Screening
Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut

 

 

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

LEAP (Leadership, Education, and Athletics in Partnership) Lecture Series
New Haven, Connecticut

The Board of the Friends of the Grove Street Cemetery, Whitney Humanities Center
Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut

Jonathan Edwards College Master’s Tea, Interview: A Conversation with Karyl Evans and Screening
Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut

 

 

Additional Screenings and Lectures

Connecticut Humanities Council and Connecticut Public Television, Connecticut State Capitol, Hartford, Connecticut. World Premiere Screening: The Rise and Fall of Newgate Prison: A Story of Crime and Punishment in Connecticut. 

American Association of Museums, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Lecture: What Kind of Video is Best for Your Institution’s Needs?, AAM Annual Meeting.

Noah Webster House and Museum, University of Hartford, Hartford, Connecticut. World Premiere Screening: Noah Webster: Schoolmaster of America. 

Mid-Atlantic Association of Museums, Annual Meeting, Saratoga Springs, New York. Lecture: Invigoration Museums Through Creative Dramatics and Video Productions.

Association for the Study of Connecticut History,  Fall Conference, Manchester Community College, Manchester, Connecticut. Lecture:  Filming Noah Webster’s Revolution.

Southern Connecticut State University, New Haven, Connecticut.  Multicultural Center Lecture Series: Screening: African Americans in Connecticut: Civil War to Civil Rights and African American in Connecticut: Colonial Era to Civil War and discussion. 

Eastern Connecticut State University, Willimantic, Connecticut. University Hour Lecture Series: The Art of Documentary Filmmaking and discussion. 

Saint Louis Public Library, St. Louis, Missouri - Screening: African American’s in Connecticut: Civil War to Civil Rights and discussion. 

Gilder Lehrman Center, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut. Screening: The Amistad Revolt: “All We Want Is Make Us Free” and African Americans in Connecticut: Colonial Era to Civil War and discussion. 

Yale University Art Gallery, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut. Screening: The Amistad Revolt: “All We Want Is Make Us Free” and Lecture: The Amistad Revolt: What Spielberg Left Out - The Connecticut Connection. 

 
 
What a perfect evening, I’ve had wonderful feedback on the event. The attendees loved the film, really enjoyed your taking them through your creative process, and felt a renewed pride in our Beatrix Farrand site. They also liked chatting with you post film and sharing their garden thoughts! Perhaps we could pursue in the future a documentary focused exclusively on Farrand/ Edward and Mary Harkness and other artisans who have worked at Harkness.
— Eileen Grant: Friends of Harkness, Harkness Memorial State Park, Waterford, Connecticut