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 in documentary film, television and branded storytelling to every project. His passion is teasing out the most compelling stories, whether directing documentaries for PBS, editing natural history programs for National Geographic, or working with nonprofit clients to produce visually arresting statements about their organizations.

Dan directed and produced the PBS documentary feature Shattered Sky, which takes a second look at the ozone hole crisis of the 1980s–and what it means for climate change today. He has directed and produced multiple award-winning productions for JPMorgan Chase, International Crisis Group, and World Learning, filming on location in Afghanistan, Argentina, Cameroon, Ethiopia, Jordan, Kenya, Libya, South Africa, and Turkey.

As a story producer and editor, Dan worked with filmmaker Stephani Gordon to create the PBS film Shark Island Whaler: The real-life sequel to Moby-Dick, which won “Best of Oregon” at the 2014 Oregon Film Awards. Dan wrote, produced and edited the sports film Volcanic Sprint for American Public Television, which follows courageous African athletes along a marathon course up the tallest mountain in West Africa. He has edited numerous feature programs for National Geographic and Bloomberg Television.

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
  • The World Bank
  • World Learning