The Badlands Girl

Evan Ari Kelman

Evan is a New York City filmmaker with a passion for creating emotionally powerful experiences for audiences. His New York University thesis narrative, BANDITO, held its World Premiere at Tribeca Film Festival in 2015 and was awarded with the 2015 Wasserman Award for Best Directing from NYU. He returned to Tribeca in 2016 with ONE GOOD PITCH, which he co-wrote and produced. In the summer of 2016, his company Lioneyes Pictures was named an Artist of Choice by the Kevin Spacey Foundation and awarded a grant for the narrative short, HOMING IN. His first feature film script, WITH THESE EYES, has recently won a 2016 Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Writing Award. His latest short film WHERE THERE’S SMOKE will World Premiere at Tribeca Film Festival 2017, marking a third consecutive return.
As a freelancer, he has directed content for a multitude of brands including Foot Locker, Converse, Uber, Chevrolet, Gillette, and Coppertone. His award winning commercial, “The Push” for Foot Locker, aired nationally on ABC and ESPN2 in November 2015.