Photo © Nina Howell Starr

Join us in producing a documentary film that brings the rich mystical visions of Wilmington artist Minnie Evans (1892-1987) to an international audience!  The film will tell her incredible life story and explore her paradisiacal world of ancestral faces and mythical beings amidst our coastal landscape. Although she was self-taught, we will show that Evans's paintings and drawings belong among more famous artists and are a spiritual antidote to our contemporary divisive times.

Donation to our 501c3 fiscal sponsor Southern Documentary Fund are tax-deductible. If sending a check please write in Memo Line: Minnie Evans Project. Mail to: Southern Documentary Fund, P.O. Box 3622 - Durham NC 27702

All images of Minnie Evans art courtesy of owner with permission of the Evans Family. Images are subjected to copyright

photo: Cape Fear Museum Archive Collection

"Minnie Evans: Visionary Artist" introduces to a wider audience one of the most important American artists of the 20th century.


Hidden away in the archives of the Smithsonian lies a 300-page transcript of conversations between self- taught, African American visionary artist Minnie Evans and photographer Nina Howell Starr, both now deceased. Through these original audio recordings, Minnie's voice sheds light on her life and artistic process. Employing details from her surrealist drawings and paintings, archival photos, archives and landscapes that inspired her visions, we experience her mysterious and spiritual dream world. Along the way, we learn how these two extraordinary women of different races and backgrounds became close and loving friends.


Projected Release Date: Early 2024



The anticipated niche audience for this film will be people who are interested in American art and art history especially African American and women artists. The film will be of great interest to fans and collectors of American folk, outsider and visionary artists. On a wider level, this is a human-interest story with a unique story of friendship among two strong women that will draw in female viewership.

Minnie Evans and Nina Howell Starr in Wilmington motel, mid 60's. photo courtesy of Nathan Starr


While this is not a film intended to motivate viewers to take action for a specific cause or policy change, it could be used in many community engagement events, combined with exhibitions of Minnie’s artwork. These events, especially at art museums in the South and throughout the U.S. can bring diverse members of communities together to celebrate the art and life of Minnie Evans.  We are very excited about the documentary’s Youth Engagement and Impact program that will bring Minnie Evan’s story and art into classrooms, museums, and arts education programs such as DREAMS Center for Arts Education in Wilmington. The Cameron Art Museum in Wilmington has offered the contribution and creation of a film discussion and lesson guide. The discussion guide will feature film section summaries, key points, discussion questions, writing, creative arts, and research exercises, and offer additional resources

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