Evan Villari

Assistant Professor,  College of Arts & Sciences

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In my classrooms, I provide an environment where my students' unique identities are of utmost importance. Our meetings and the subsequent work they produce - ranging from short films to presentations to essays - are a "celebration of self". The pieces my students create allow them to connect and share their stories with others in a manner that encourages the free exchange of innovative ideas which mirrors my approach to filmmaking."


As a self-described experimental autobiographic documentary filmmaker, Professor Villari creates small pictures from his own experiences which contribute to larger societal conversations. His films, shot both digitally and on celluloid, have been shown in group and solo screenings from Boston to Anchorage.

The past fifteen years have found him in the classroom teaching a variety of media production, filmmaking and communication courses.

Previously, he served on the faculty of Rhode Island School of Design in both the Film/Animation/Video degree program as well as in the Continuing Education Division, where he was the Program Advisor to the Digital Video Production and Animation + Video Programs. In 2009, while at RISD, he was recognized with a "Teacher of Excellence" award.

Areas of Expertise

  • Film/Video making
  • Media Production
  • Electronic Cinema
  • Documentary Filmmaking
  • Experimental Filmmaking

Sample Courses

  • MCST2600 - Narrative Filmmaking
  • MCST2650 - Sound Production
  • MCST1150 - Introduction to Media Production
  • MCST1210 - Foundations of Digital Photography
  • MCST2500 - Digital Journalism

Research Projects

  • Rhode Island Council for the Humanities Research Grant recipient on Historical Documentary about the Scituate Reservoir - 2018

Professional Memberships

  • International Documentary Association
  • National Association of Broadcasters
  • American Communications Association
  • Society of Professional Journalists (former member)