Documentary film + branded storytelling

Storywise is a Portland-based production company with a global reach. From its launching pad in the Pacific Northwest, Storywise has led shoots on five continents and a dozen countries. Storywise productions are grounded in documentary filmmaking, with authenticity, integrity, and great respect for subject.

Storywise has worked extensively with international organizations like USAID, the State Department, and International Crisis Group, including in remote and difficult locations like Afghanistan and Libya. Storywise also specializes in working with youth programs like the Fellowship Initiative of JPMorgan Chase, which provides opportunities for young men of color, and the Experiment in International Living, the original high school study abroad program.

As a result of its approach, Storywise productions have won numerous industry awards, including four Gold Telly Awards. Its production for Crisis Group, On the Frontlines, helped the organization raise over $2 million and was a Finalist for the CINE Golden Eagle Award.

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Filmmaker Dan Evans working with Syrian refugees in northern Jordan

Dan Evans filming Syrian refugees in northern Jordan

Dan Evans, Principal Filmmaker

As the principal filmmaker at Storywise, Dan Evans brings over 15 years of experience to every project. He has been a trusted partner on multiple films, series, and digital media for National Geographic, Oregon Public Broadcasting, and national public television.

A versatile filmmaker, Dan directed and shot the documentary feature Shattered Sky, which has aired nationally on PBS stations for more than six years. He produced the sports film Volcanic Sprint for American Public Television. Dan plays a lead role in all Storywise productions, working closely with clients to create visually arresting films.

An accomplished editor, Dan has worked on numerous series and television documentaries for National Geographic. He edited the national public television productions The Doctor Fix, and Shark Island Whaler: The real-life sequel to Moby-Dick. He collaborates frequently as an editor on the Oregon Public Broadcasting series Oregon Experience, including the episodes Fort Vancouver and Beyond the Wire: Oregon’s Japanese Americans.

Dan earned a Master’s degree in International Affairs from the George Washington University in Washington, DC, and Bachelor’s degrees in History and Film Studies from the University of Washington in Seattle.

Selected Clients

  • Children’s Institute
  • The Experiment in International Living
  • FHI 360
  • International Crisis Group
  • JPMorgan Chase
  • Mercy Corps
  • National Geographic
  • Oregon Public Broadcasting
  • PBS
  • The School for International Training
  • State Department
  • UN Refugee Agency
  • USAID
  • The World Bank
  • World Learning