The dream of a hug, the vivid bitter sweet memory of her perfume,
her hair shining golden in the morning sun, so fine,
the violets from the garden in her hand,
freshly picked with the dew pearls dropping one after the other,
the green May roses on the table, lasting forever.
It is a dream of days long gone, with a smile on my lips.
Miriam references the heady, diffusive fragrances of the forties and fifties. It is vintage in spirit but with a contemporary character. “There is something slightly provocative in this perfume,” says Andy Tauer, its creator. “It isn’t naughty, but bold. It makes a statement, and its wearer needs a little bit of daring. A grand perfume constructed in the tradition of French perfumery, Miriam is the kind of fragrance they don’t make much anymore.”
Notes: bergamot, sweet orange, geranium, violet blossom, rose, jasmine, ylang, violet leaf, lavender, vanilla, orris root, sandalwood.
The Story: Miriam The Perfume is inspired by the character “Miriam” from the Woman’s Picture Series. The host of a long running home shopping network program, Miriam is the on air confidante to millions of women across the country, who call in to her show regularly to discuss their personal lives and stories. Behind the scenes, Miriam is at odds with the men who run the studio, a motley crew of suits who don’t understand her touchy feely appeal. At home, she struggles with a layabout boyfriend. Her mother has just been put in a nursing home and stares blankly at Miriam during their daily visits, unable to speak. What Miriam would like more than anything is the one thing she can’t have: the name of her mother’s signature perfume. What’s left of the fragrance sits in an unlabeled Baccarat decant on the edge of Miriam’s vanity. When it’s gone, it will take a world of memories with it.
The Way I See Things, Evelyn Avenue’s first feature film, tells the story of Otto, who embarks on a road trip a year after the death of his long time partner. Connecting with a group of lost souls at a wooded rural commune, Otto tries to distance himself from his past, taking on a new personality. The commune’s rules of etiquette are ultimately too much for him to handle, alter ego or no, and the confusion between his old self and new persona puts him in precarious position among the residents.
The Way I See Things screened at festivals around the world. It premiered at Los Angeles Outfest in 2008, where it was selected as part of the festival’s Four in Focus section, which spotlights emerging talent. The film opened the MIX Festival in Milan and was awarded a citation for achievement in first time filmmaking. This DVD version includes a making of documentary and outtakes from the film.
2008 | USA | 84 min. | B&W and color
The first issue of Projection magazine includes essays on iconic perfumes by Elisa Gabbert, Lucy Raubertas, Pat Borow, Brian Pera, and Bruce Benderson, an interview with perfumer Andy Tauer, and more.