I'm just asking...
Amanda Palmer recently gave a TedTalk titled "The Art of Asking" (link below). Amanda is a gifted musician, songwriter and artist, who like most of us artists, she basically gives her art away. In doing so, she has been rewarded generously both financially and spiritually. It's the later that I'm writing to you about.
A couple summers ago, I spent my time painting on the streets of Nashville. My canvas was abandoned scraps of wood, given to me from a talented nearby woodworker. These wood scraps were embeded in Nashville history, coming from the recently torn down Louisville/Nashville (L&N) railroad depot. I painted guitars and scenes with hot air balloons, often late into the night and as toursts, locals, drunks and travelers passed they often stopped, stared and asked "How much"?
Part of the gig of being a non-permited street artist, was not to "sell" but rather like Amanda Palmer, I gave my art away. I simply looked at the 5 gallon paint bucket which I used to help transport pieces of wood to my location and said "If you like something, leave a tip" and many did. In fact, most everyone did. I honestly just liked being out there. Painting. Making art. In a town with so many street performers and the likes of Elvis' and a painted silver man, painting on the street was something no one else was doing. I was "That Guy" and it was rewarding both financially and spirtually.
Art - If it be music or paintings have been a gift to me, handed down from the heavens, inspired by nature, channeled through the spirits of those gone before I and even those of the liquid variety. But what I cherish most of all is being able to share my gifts. That's why I have made all the music on my website downloadable. If you like a song - download it. Music is my gift to you. If you do like my music. All I ask is for you to consider making a donation. At this time, there is a paypal donate button on this website. Please consider supporting myself as an artist. If you're broke, I understand - I often am too but come back later and donate when you can. If you are rich, consider the karma.
RSD documentary - Launch Success!
Record Store Day - The Documentary has found a home at SnagFilms. The documentary launched April 21st and was quickly picked up with articles in The Nashville Scene, Twitter Tweets and consumed social blogs. Thanks so much!
You can watch the film here:
Are you only making movies now or do you still play music?
Yeah buddy! I still pick! If you're interested in having me play here's the 7 steps of Wilder enlightenment - aka what you need to do!
1) Message me info on who the contact person is at your school, usually someone at the student center/entertainment committee. If you're in a frat or sorority and looking for some nice music. Than I'm your man!
(2.) PRICE: Jason Wilder Evans will play a solo show - contact for pricing. Jason will work with in your budget and offers schools co-op buying.
(3.) LENGTH OF SET : Jason will play one (1) 60-80 min minute set.
(4.) STAGE - Nothing fancy here, usually standing if front of everyone, or in the middle of everyone or if your to busy to watch and only want to listen, well then put me in behind everyone.
(5.) SOUND and LIGHTS- (This ain't Woodstock !!! )
(6.) TRAVEL (most shows include travel in pricing - contact for details )
(7.) HOSPITALITY - small dinner,- A SIX PACK (H2O) and maybe a pack of trail mix for the road.
THANK YOU SO MUCH for your interest.
HIV: USA Documentary Project
Some of you may know that I've been producing HIV: USA, a short documentary series that I plan on taking to every state. At this writing, 5 state stories have been completed. HIV: USA is a cost effective prevention and educational project that has been used by state departments of health, non-profit and community based organizations to encourage testing and to empower the participants. HIV: USA has been featured in HIV Plus, A&U and recently in Indiewire: http://www.indiewire.com/article/jason-evans-on-his-film-hiv-id-watch-it-now-free
To date, all of the HIV: USA projects have received worldwide distribution through SnagFilms. If you are interested in learning more about bringing the HIV: USA project to your state visit: www.hiv-usa.com for more information and to watch the films. Sponsors receive 90 copies on DVD and costs cover travel, lodging, filming, editing, a cathartic creative writing workshop, participant journals and other incentives.
I've noticed that I need to update my website. I'm slowly working on it.
On this day, (01-18-2012) and nearly 3.5 years in the making, my wife and I became the first couple to walk EVERY STREET in Manhattan! We began this journey on weekend excursions while living in Washington Heights. It was a wonderful thing to do as a couple and I wouldn't have wanted to have done it with anyone else. We got amazing photos and video of our walk and once even began to blog about it.
I'm am positive that we got to see more of Manhattan than the New Yorkers who live there. Explore the world, it's yours for the taking!
Record Store Day - The Documentary
In case you didn't know. I'm working on a feature documentary called Record Store Day - The Documentary. Genius title I know. I came up with it myself.
If you you're interested in learning more please friend RSD on Facebook!
Released to Life
Released to Life is a film that I worked on while attending the MFA Documentary Film program at George Washington University was recently conferred "The Best of Washington" by the DC Office of Motion Picture and Television Development, DC Mayor Vincent Grey and SnagFilms founder Ted Leonsis. I event got to speak with the Mayor. That sure don't happen every day!
You can watch the film by visiting: