Brian Pera grew up in Omaha and Houston, and for the past 20 years has lived and worked in Memphis, TN. Pera has written, directed and produced two feature films and several short films. Pera’s first feature film, The Way I See Things, received an award for First-Time Achievement in Filmmaking at the Milano Mix Film Festival, premiered at the Los Angeles Outfest Festival in 2008 as part of the festival’s Four in Focus Spotlight, and was a centerpiece of the Thessaloniki International Film Focus section in Greece. The film also played festivals in Seattle and Chicago and won the Hometowner Audience Award for Best Feature Film at the Indie Memphis Film Festival. Pera’s first novel, Troublemaker, was published by St. Martin’s Press in 2000. Life As We Show It, an anthology of film writing that Pera co-edited with Masha Tupitsyn, was released in 2010 by City Lights.
Woman’s Picture is a cycle of interrelated films inspired by the classic women’s films of the 1930s, ’40s and ’50s, and the childhood memories of filmmaker Brian Pera. The stories in the cycle focus on the subjective experiences of central female characters. The Woman’s Picture films are the centerpiece of the website Evelyn Avenue, which features a blog, related video content, interviews and a collaborative fragrance line with Zurich perfumer Andy Tauer called Tableau de Parfums. Woman’s Picture attempts to initiate a dialogue about gender, identity, and memory. The creation of perfumes inspired by female subjects and their narratives encourages engagement with their stories in a new way, as each fragrance takes its inspiration from a different character presented in the series.