In Her Words: 20th Century Lesbian Fiction documents the history and impact of lesbian fiction from the1920s through the1990s. Narrator Lillian Faderman recounts the impact key world events had on LGBTQ history throughout the decades. With interviews from numerous trailblazing lesbian authors, including Ann Bannon, Rita Mae Brown, Jewel Gomez and Sarah Waters, we learn how these world events helped shape their stories and to what extent the stories were reflections of the authors’ own lives as they looked for affirmation and their place in the world.

Director Biography – Lisa Marie Evans

Lisa Marie Evans is a filmmaker, animator and curator. Evans has participated in artist residencies and screened her work internationally, including venues in Hungary, France, the Philippines and Canada. She has developed curricula and taught filmmaking to all ages, curated film festivals and events, and served on the board for multiple arts organizations.

Evans has worked in various capacities with Artist INC, Mid-America Arts Alliance’s entrepreneurial program for artists, and has mentored hundreds of multidisciplinary artists. She was the Project Manager, Editor & Animator for OZCast, an online creative variety show featuring local, regional and national artists. She is Currently the Project Manager for Creative Development with the Creative Arkansas Community Hub and Exchange (CACHE). In 2021 Evans completed a Diversity and Inclusion Certificate through Cornell University, and has 20 years of experience as a generative artist and arts administrator committed to diversity and representation.

In 2016 Evans co-produced “Beyond Belief,” a digital storytelling project through the Association of Independents in Radio and Kansas City PBS. She is currently in the distribution phase with the feature documentary, “In Her Words: 20th Century Lesbian Fiction,” the first film to win the Publishing Triangle’s Leadership Award. Evans is a 2021 recipient for the Arkansas Arts Council’s Fellowship in Cinematic Arts.