Pj Perez is a filmmaker and journalist whose work has appeared in dozens of magazines, newspapers and websites across hundreds of articles since the early 2000s. Although he currently lives in Southern California, Perez was a Las Vegas resident for 25 years and was actively involved in that city’s music, art and poetry scenes, both as a performer and as a reporter.
In the mid-2000s, Perez started dabbling in video journalism, producing short-form segments for various websites, and was fully bitten by the filmmaking bug after winning a query contest in 2009, which led to the development of his original TV pilot, BEING (which was also a Round 2 finalist in the 2018 ATX Pitch Competition).
Since then, he co-wrote and co-directed the short film SUGARHOOK as part of the 48 Hour Film Project, edited the short film NAMASTE as part of the 2019 AT&T Create-a-Thon, and produced, directed, and edited the pilot for an unscripted travel/interview series called NOTEPADS & BAR TABS. Perez produced and directed his first feature-length documentary, PARKWAY OF BROKEN DREAMS, which was a quarterfinalist for the ScreenCraft Film Fund, won several film festival awards, and enjoyed national public television distribution.
Among other projects, he is also developing a TV drama, THE FOUNDATION, based on his long-running webcomic series THE UTOPIAN, the pilot for which was a finalist in the 27th annual TVWriter People’s Pilot contest, and recently began production on another feature-length documentary, MURDERED ON THE FOURTH OF JULY.
Unique traits: Plays bass, guitar, and drums. That's not really unique, but give me some credit.
Parkway of Broken Dreams
Film by PKWY Media (Documentary) Director/Producer Through archival footage and interviews with business owners, journalists, musicians, artists and scenesters from that era, PARKWAY OF BROKEN DREAMS tells the story of how alternative culture exploded in Las Vegas' university district in the 1990s and disappeared almost as quickly.
Film (short) by Juliette Calderon (Comedy and Short) Editor/Gaffer A comedic short film created for the 2019 AT&T Create-a-Thon. Written, shot, edited, and screened in less than three days.
Las Vegas Rules
Video Producer/Director/Editor Las Vegas Rules follows the lives of four intelligent, strong, independent women in Las Vegas– including a small business owner, a nightlife journalist, a community organizer and a multimedia maven–as they make positive contributions while living real lives in one of the most radiant, interesting and misunderstood cities in the world.
Film (Short) Producer/Director/Editor/Actor Vanessa Black escaped the burned-out suburbs of Flint, Michigan to attain wild success as lead singer of rock band Sugarhook, only to spiral back to Earth -- and crash hard. Now she's cleaned up and making a comeback. But can she shake off the ghosts of her past? Written by Mechanical Cow Productions
Super Undead Doctor Roach
Film (Short, Comedy, Fantasy, Horror and 1 More) Producer A scientist obsessed with bugs becomes an accidental superhero in this magical action comedy. In the world of a tennis-racket wielding secretary, as well as a crew made up of an evil exterminator, electrician and garbageman, Dr. Roach might not save the day, but as long as he thinks he does, everything is fine. Written by Polly Staffle Films
Finalist, TVWriter People's Pilot Contest
Quarterfinalist, ScreenCraft Film Fund
University of Nevada - Las Vegas