“All of us grow up in particular realities — a home, family, a clan, a small town, a neighborhood. Depending upon how we’re brought up,
we are either deeply aware of the particular reading of reality into which we are born, or we are peripherally aware of it.”
  — Chaim Potok


About Evelyn Avenue

YOU: Who is Brian Pera?

BRIAN PERA: I'm a filmmaker living in Memphis, Tennessee. My films include The Way I See Things and the forthcoming feature Only Child (Grace Zabriskie, Amy LaVere, Lindsey Roberts, Angela Dee). Only Child is part of an ongoing film series called Woman's Picture. I make short films as well, some of which are available for viewing on the site's video page. Woman's Picture and a related fragrance line, Tableau de Parfums, were awarded ongoing support in 2012 through a grant from the Creative Capital Foundation.





YOU: What the heck is Evelyn Avenue?

BRIAN PERA: Evelyn Avenue is a virtual neighborhood where I document and display the projects I work on with various collaborators. These collaborators are in and outside of Memphis and range from musicians to filmmakers to actors to perfumer Andy Tauer. I work primarily in film, so most of these projects are film related.





YOU: What does Evelyn Avenue do?

BRIAN PERA: Evelyn Avenue produces several film series and a perfume line. Among the film projects are the Woman’s Picture series and the White Shoulders series. You can find out more about these by clicking Feature Films or Shorts on the menu bar. We release some of these films on DVD. Most of the shorter films are posted on the site at one point or another. Sometimes we post work in progress. Periodically, we post interviews on our video page. We collaborate with perfumer Andy Tauer on a perfume line called Tableau de Parfums, which takes inspiration from the characters and stories in the Woman’s Picture series. Our blog details the genesis and production of these projects as well as our evolving interests. Our DVDs, the perfumes, and other items are often available at our store. Click the store tab on the menu to find out more.





YOU: Who is Evelyn Avenue?

BRIAN PERA: People come and go. The Evelyn Avenue series documents some of these arrivals and departures.

Some of our principal collaborators are:

Savannah Beardenfilmmaker, performer (Appears in the White Shoulders series, Silent Movie, and Only Child)
Jessica Jonesmusician, artist (Scored for the White Shoulders series; graphic designer of the Woman’s Picture series)
Eileen Meyerfilmmaker, editor (Edited on the first Woman’s Picture film, Rose, and Only Child)
Ryan Parkerfilmmaker, editor, performer (Director of Photography on the first Woman’s Picture film, Silent Movie, Rose, and Only Child)
Andy Tauerperfumer (collaborator on the Tableau de Parfums line)

Regular drop-in’s and drive-by’s:

Peter Buddfilmmaker, producer (Associate Producer on the first Woman’s Picture film)
Jeannette Comans-Westperformer (Appeared in the first Woman’s Picture film and The Way I See Things)
Angela Deeperformer, filmmaker (Appeared in the first Woman’s Picture film, The Getaway, and Only Child)
Melissa Dunnartist
Kevin Houstonsound mixer (Mixed sound on the first Woman’s Picture film, Silent Film, Rose, and Only Child)
Kim Howardperformer (Appeared in the first Woman’s Picture film, and Rose)
Michael Hunkelesound, performer (Sound recorder on the first Woman’s Picture film, Rose, Silent Film, and Only Child; appeared in the first Woman’s Picture film)
Mark Jonesfilmmaker, producer (Associate Producer on the first Woman’s Picture film)
Jonathan Kirksceymusician, composer (Scored Rose, and Only Child)
Amy Laveremusician, performer (Appeared in the first Woman’s Picture film, The Getaway, and Only Child)
April Novakperformer (Appeared in White Shoulders, and The Getaway)
Lindsey Robertsperformer (Appeared in Only Child)
Betsy Taylorperformer, writer (Appeared in Only Child)
Paul Taylormusician, composer (Scored the first Woman’s Picture film)
Cheryl Woldermusician, performer (Appeared in the first Woman’s Picture film, and Only Child)

Friends who live out of town and visit periodically:

Calpernia Addamsperformer, musician, filmmaker, writer (Appeared in the first Woman’s Picture film, and Slightly Stinky Cologne)
Cam Archerfilmmaker
Rosanna Arquetteperformer (Voice work in the first Woman’s Picture film)
Ann Magnusonperformer, musician, writer (Appeared in the first Woman’s Picture film, Rose, and Only Child)
Paul Provenzacomedian, performer, filmmaker, writer (Appeared in the first Woman’s Picture film)
Paprika Steenperformer, director (Voice work in the first Woman’s Picture film)
Grace Zabriskieperformer, sculptor, writer (Appeared in Only Child)





YOU: How do I get to you on the real Evelyn Avenue, if I want to come over and hang out?

BRIAN PERA: That would be awkward. Please contact us on the site.