Adopted at birth and raised in Louisiana, David Scotton is on a journey to Indiana to meet the birth parents he’s never known. His tattooed birth mother, Melissa, and reserved birth father, Brian, anxiously wait for him, concerned David will reject them for decisions they made before he was born. I Lived on Parker Avenue is a short documentary about a mother’s agony in choosing what’s best, the joy of a couple starting a family, and young man’s search for where his life began.
I Lived on Parker Avenue will be released online March 8 2018 on this site and will remain here for free viewing from that point on. DVDs will be available for purchase at that time.
David Scotton is a college student raised in Louisiana who finally decides he is ready to meet his birth parents.
As he boards a train headed to Indiana, David fears how this reunion might reshape the life he cherishes with his family down South.
Melissa Coles is a tattooed and four-wheeling country girl who reveals a tender and maternal soul as she excitedly awaits the reunion with David.
But nineteen years after giving birth to David, she still wrestles with her decision.
Brian is David’s reserved birth father who has kept David a secret from even his closest family.
He is burdened by what David will think after all these years, especially when David learns about their visit to the local abortion clinic.
Jimmy and Susan Scotton
Jimmy and Susan, David’s parents, adopted David at birth. Susan has faced her own sufferings, especially through the death of her first two sons.
Through the adoption of David and the sacrifice of Melissa and Brian, Jimmy and Susan’s dreams of having a son were finally realized.
Philip Braun III
While pursuing a print journalism degree and before stepping behind the camera, Philip wrote obituaries at The Times-Picayune newspaper in New Orleans.
He graduated at the top of the communications school at Loyola University New Orleans but soon felt more attracted to creating stories through images. An internship at a PBS station and apprenticeship with a local director fueled Philip's interest in cinematography.
He cut his teeth on small commercial and non-profit videos before focusing on larger educational projects. I Lived on Parker Ave. is his documentary debut.
Joie De Vivre Media
BENJAMIN CLAPPER / EXECUTIVE PRODUCER
Joie De Vivre Media and executive producer, Benjamin Clapper, present “I Lived on Parker Ave.” as its first short documentary.
Based in New Orleans, Joie De Vivre Media desires to showcase the “joy of life” through its work.
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