Filmmaking - WGIFilms
WGIFilms produces movies and videos that entertain, educate, inspire, and empower audiences to find value and meaning in their lives and in the world.
Specializing in short documentary films, WGIFilms (WisdomGrows International) finds much of its subject matter through the stories of everyday heroes who have become role models by finding strength within themselves to overcome adversity. WGIFilms supports organizations whose mission is religious tolerance, inclusivity, peace, and compassion for all life.
Song of the Earth (2017)
WInner, My Hero Film Festival
Official Selection, New York Jazz Film Festival
'Song of the Earth' is a moving narration of the hero's journey depicted in poetry and improvisational music. Produced, directed, and performed by young filmmaker and musician Matthew J. Evans, this experimental short takes us on a visual journey that embraces the unity of all life and instills hope for our future.
A Quest For Peace: Nonviolence Among Religions (2012)
Winner of The Art of Making Peace Award presented at the United Nations by Former Under-Secretary-General Anwarul Chowdhury
Young filmmaker, Matthew J. Evans, takes a look at one of the most pressing issues in our modern society: violence among religions. Through discussions with Arun Gandhi, grandson of M.K. Gandhi, and local religious leaders from the Central Coast of California, Matthew learns powerful lessons about nonviolence, acceptance, and cultural understanding. As Gandhi has said, 'We must become the change we wish to see in our world!' This film helps us understand how we can make these changes.
Poetic Justice Project (2011)
Gold Jury Prize, Seattle Social Justice Film Festival
This film takes a powerful and in-depth look at a California theater company called Poetic Justice Project, which is comprised of formerly incarcerated writers, artists, musicians and actors who perform original plays that examine the topics of crime, punishment and redemption. Begun in 2009 by Deborah Tobola, former Managing Director of Arts in Corrections at a California prison, Poetic Justice Project provides a powerful opportunity for formerly incarcerated individuals to find their way back into society through the arts, and helps bring greater understanding and important information about prison life to the general population.
A War Story, A Love Story (2010)
Best of Festival, Interlochen Future of Cinema International Film Festival
A married couple, celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary, relive their experiences during the Korean War. Included in the film are historic photos and relevant information about what has been referred to as 'The Forgotten War', as well as powerful and poignant moments that remind us of the love that endures through separation and hardship.