Josh Evans (film producer)

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Josh Evans
Born Joshua Evans
(1971-01-16) January 16, 1971 (age 45)
New York City, US
Nationality United States
Alma mater UCLA
Occupation Filmmaker
Notable work Glam
Born on the Fourth of July
Spouse(s) Charis Michelsen (2003–2010; divorced)
Roxy Saint (2012–present)
Children Jackson Evans

Josh Evans (né Joshua Evans; January 16, 1971) is an American filmmaker, screenwriter, author and actor best known for his role in Born on the Fourth of July.

Life and education[edit]

Evans was born in New York City to actress Ali MacGraw and producer Robert Evans.[1] He has one son, Jackson (born December 2010), with his wife Roxy Saint.[2] Evans‘ mother was of Hungarian-Jewish and Scottish descent, and his father is Jewish. Evans is also the nephew of the late producer Charles Evans, Sr.,[3][4] the stepson of the late actor Steve McQueen,[5] and the stepbrother of actor and race car driver Chad McQueen. He grew up in Los Angeles and graduated in 1989 from the private Crossroads School in Santa Monica.

Career[edit]

He earned a Young Artist Awards in 1998.[6] He went on to produce, direct, write and act. Most notably, he acted as Ron Kovic's hippie younger brother in Born on the Fourth of July, which won a 1990 Golden Globe Award, and John Lithgow's character's servile assistant in Ricochet.[7][8]

'The Daily Press's Kevin Thomas called Inside the Goldmine, in which Evans starred in 1994, a "meaningful look at a nihilist" and "the kind of film that could be made only by someone prepared to strive for self-knowledge."[9]

He followed Inside the Goldmine by producing and directing the 35mm Glam, which a Los Angeles Times review called "an edgy tale of Hollywood innocence, corruption."[10]

About Evans's third independent film, The Price of Air, a Los Angeles Times review pointed out that "Evans also stars, giving a persuasive portrayal as the naive but likable slacker, Paul... ."[11] Variety wrote about the plot, which includes the lead character agreeing to courier a package of illicit drugs, "Conceptually, it’s an intriguing notion for a movie... ."[12]

Evans also wrote, produced and directed the 2005 independent film Che Guevara starring Eduardo Noriega.[13] The film screened at a 2006 conference sponsored by UCLA's Latin American Center's Working Group on Education and Culture.[14]

In February 2014, filming in Las Vegas completed for Death in the Desert, a full-length movie directed and produced by Evans and starring Michael Madsen, Shayla Beesley and Paz de la Huerta.[15] The score for a song performed by Evans' second wife, Saint, was done by Chris Goss.[16] The film is based on the book Death in the Desert by Cathy Scott[17] with the screenplay written by John Steppling.[18] The film had its world premier at the Tucson Film Festival, on October 9, 2015, which was presented by the Arizona Underground Film Festival.[19] Distribution was scheduled for 2016 by Osiris Entertainment.[20]

Book[edit]

Evans wrote and published a novella titled Gold Star in April 2013.[21]

Filmography[edit]

Actor[edit]

Director[edit]

  • Death in the Desert (2015)
  • Thirty Nine (2013)
  • Everybody Dies (2009)[23]
  • Che Guevara (2005)
  • Glam (2001)
  • The Price of Air (2000)
  • Inside the Goldmine (1994)

Writer[edit]

Producer[edit]

  • Death in the Desert (2014)
  • Thirty Nine (2013)
  • Che Guevara (2005)
  • Glam (2001)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ryan, Joe (July 15, 2002). "Robert Evans subject of HBO documentary". The Daily Bruin. 
  2. ^ Josh Evans Bio
  3. ^ "Charles Evans, producer, 81," Variety obit
  4. ^ E! Online' Profile: Robert Evans
  5. ^ "Steve McQueen Biography (1930-1980)". filmreference.com. 
  6. ^ "Young Artist Award". imdb.com. 
  7. ^ "FILMMAKER MAGAZINE - Fall 1996: PRODUCTION UPDATE". filmmakermagazine.com. 
  8. ^ Review/Film; A Fugitive Who's Out For Blood - The New York Times
  9. ^ "Inside the Goldmine". The Daily Press. April 25, 1997. Retrieved January 17, 2013. 
  10. ^ "'Glam' Focuses on the Bad, Beautiful". latimes. 
  11. ^ Los Angeles Times (November 2, 2000). "The Price of Air". baltimoresun.com. 
  12. ^ Review: The Price of Air | Variety - October 02, 2000
  13. ^ The New York Times movie biography
  14. ^ "UCLA Latin American Institute". ucla.edu. 
  15. ^ Photographer helped Madsen meet Sinatra | Las Vegas Review-Journal
  16. ^ "Death in the Desert (2015)". IMDb. November 22, 2015. 
  17. ^ Kindest cut of all for cancer patients (scroll to end) | Las Vegas Review-Journal
  18. ^ "Man of Conviction: John Steppling -- Playwright, Screenwriter and Teacher". The Huffington Post. 
  19. ^ "Arizona Daily Wildcat  :: Tucson Festival of Films captures the city's cinematic presence". arizona.edu. 
  20. ^ Jessica Harmon (11 October 2015). "Death in the Desert rolls up new trailer". moviepilot.com. 
  21. ^ "In the Booth with Ruth – Josh Evans, Author, Screenwriter, Filmmaker & Actor - Ruth Jacobs". Ruth Jacobs. 
  22. ^ Film Critic, Review by Christopher Null, The Doors, 1991
  23. ^ Trailer for Everybody Dies

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