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"I am committed to telling diverse & inclusive stories that transform the world!"

-Kimisha Renee Davis

ABOUT

ABOUT
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Thanks for stopping by!

 

Hey, I am Kimisha Renee and welcome to my world!

 

I am a Los Angeles based filmmaker and I am passionate about directing, narrative game writing and designing, virtual production, and AI. I am dedicated to telling diverse and inclusive stories that leave others moved, touched, and inspired.

I am focusing on directing, producing, and writing, with an emphasis in virtual production in the division of Film and Television Production at the
University of Southern California. I was awarded the USC Grant, FAO Scholarship, the NAACP N-SPIRE Scholarship to attend the School of Cinematic Arts.

I am a rising senior and my expected graduation is

Spring of 2024.

I am an alum of the: SUNDANCE Institute Collab

Directing: Visual Storytelling Workshop (Scholarship), AMERICAN FILM INSTITUTE Cinematography Intensive for Women, sponsored by: Panavision and RED Digital Cinema, and RESPECTABILITY ENTERTAINMENT LAB, sponsored by: The Walt Disney Company, Sony Pictures Entertainment, NBCUniversal, ViacomCBS, A&E, Final Draft, The Harnisch Foundation, the Murray/Reese Foundation, and the Pop Culture Collaborative.

Furthermore, I am proud to share that I am a winner of USC’S FUTURE OF THEMED EXPERIENCES, judged by senior entertainment executives from: Marvel, The Walt Disney Studios, Warner Bros Discovery, Paramount Pictures, Prime Video and Amazon Studios, Epic Games, Dolby Laboratories, and Iron Mountain Entertainment Services.

I aspire to hire at least 50% women, BIPOC, LGBTQ +, and disabled cast and crew members on every project. I champion inclusion riders to hire diverse film production employees in leadership positions above and below the line. Additionally, my sets are environmentally friendly to support efforts to end climate change. I especially enjoy action, adventure, fantasy, science fiction, and super heroine series and films.

I am pursuing the route of directing virtual productions, interactive games, and artificial intelligence. I am inspired by gaming technology, world building, and imagining the impossible. I am in development on a feature film and television series, as well as a graphic novel and video game. I am devoted to telling impactful stories that evolve the world. I'm thankful for my blossoming career, and I am looking forward to connecting with other like minded collaborators and making a positive contribution.

P.S.

I designed and created this site myself. Hope you enjoy!

Gratitude,

Kimisha Renee Davis

technology experience

PREMIERE
95%
AVID
70%
FINAL DRAFT
95%
MOVIE MAGIC
80%
AFTER EFFECTS
70%
ADOBE CREATIVE SUITE
75%
SCENECHRONIZE
80%
MICROSOFT OFFICE
95%
CASHET
90%
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LENSES

Angenieux

Arri

Atlas

Canon

Cooke Optics
Fujinon
Hawk

Kowas

Leica

Nikon
Panavision
P+S Technik
Service Vision Scorpio

Sigma

Vantage
Zeiss

Cameras

DIGITAL
Arri: Alexa, Alexa Mini, Amira,

LF, LF Mini, SXT, and XT
Blackmagic: Cinema
Canon: 5D Mark III
Panasonic: AG-HPX372, EVA1, and VariCam 35
Panavision: DXL2
Red: Epic W, Scarlet, Ranger, and Komodo
Sony: AS7 II, FS5, FS7, and Venice

FILM
Arri: Arriflex 16 and 416, Arriflex 35 BL
Bolex: Super 16
Panavision: Panaflex Millennium XL2

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Stabilizers

Easyrig

Ready Rig Movi/Ronin

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fine arts education

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2021-2024

UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA

Directing I Producing I Writing I Virtual Production

Film and Television Production

School of Cinematic Arts

Founder: USC Black Women of Cinematic Arts

Member: USC Reach I USC Women of Cinematic Arts

USC Grant , FAO, NAACP N-SPIRE Scholarships

Expected Graduation: Spring 2024

2021

respectability entertainment lab

Directing Fellow

Sponsored by: The Walt Disney Company, Sony Pictures Entertainment, NBCUniversal, ViacomCBS, A&E, Final Draft, The Harnisch Foundation, the Murray/Reese Foundation, and the Pop Culture Collaborative.

(Certificate)

2020

Sundance

institute

Directing Fellow

Sundance Collab

Directing: Visual Storytelling

Sundance Institute Scholarship

(Certificate)

2018-2020

ART CENTER

COLLEGE OF DESIGN

Cinematography I Directing

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Creativist

Dean's List, Mentorship Program,

Art Center, H B Edwards Endowed, Joseph and Rebecca Lacko, and Ray Charles

Fund Minority Scholarships

2019

AMERICAN FILM INSTITUTE

Participant

Cinematography Intensive for Women

Sponsored by Panavision and RED

(Certificate)

2019

ASC 

crane & remote head workshop

Participant

Sponsored by Women in Media,

Cinemoves, Panavision, and the ASC

2017

Garnish Music Production School

Participant

Electronic Music DJ Major

(Certificate)

2008-2009

Fashion Institute

of Design & Merchandising

Fashion Design

1st Place Cotton Inc. Scholarship

2021

american film

institute

Participant

Directing Workshop for Women:

The Interchange

2020

main media workshops

Participant

Lighting for Film and Television

(SLED Grant)

2019

SONY

EDU

Participant

Commercial Workshop I Directing

Sponsored by Sony

2019

ARRI LIGHTing

CLASS SEMINAR

Participant

Sponsored by Cinegear, the ASC, and ARRI

2016-2017

Cincinnati

State

Audio I Video Production

Summa Cum Laude, 4.0 GPA, Dean’s List

Runner Up College Movie Festival

Associate’s Diploma

2014

Landmark Education

Participant

The Forum, Advanced Course,

Self ExpressionLeadership Program,

and Causing the Miraculous Seminar Series

2004-2007

Carnegie Mellon University

Acting

Spokesmodel, Admissions Assistant, and Residential Assistant

2001-2004

School for

Creative &

Performing Arts

Acting I Vocal Music I Musical Theatre

(High School Diploma)

film, TV, game, & ai
organizations

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USC

BLACK WOMEN OF CINEMATIC ARTS

Mission
The mission of USC Black Women of Cinematic Arts is to provide a sisterhood, professional development, and networking opportunities, while empowering and connecting Black female USC School of Cinematic Arts students and alumni.

 

Purpose
We are committed to shedding light on the authentic Black female experience and creating a more positive and intersectional representation of Black women in film and television.

Founder & President

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USC WOMEN OF CINEMATIC ARTS

WCA is the official organization of USC’s School of Cinematic Arts, a collective of female and gender-nonconforming students. Through an engaging slate of professional and social programming, opportunities are offered for our members to band together, support each other from school to graduation to retirement, and dismantle inequality in the entertainment industry. 

Member

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film

independEnt

Film Independent is a non-profit arts organization that champions the independent filmmaker.

Member

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society of

camera

operators

The Society Of Camera Operators was founded in 1979 under the name Society of Operating Cameramen. Its primary mission is to advance the art, craft and creative contribution of the camera operator in the motion picture and television industries.

Member

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USC African American cinema society

Founded by renown writer/director, John Singleton, the mission of the African-American Cinema Society is to highlight and promote art and artists who are invested in showcasing complex and sophisticated representations of blackness and the black diaspora.

Member

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WOMEN

IN

FILM

Women In Film (WIF) is a non-profit organization that advocates for and advances the careers of women working in the screen industries – to achieve parity and transform culture. Founded in 1973, WIF provides members with camaraderie, networking opportunities, educational programs, scholarships, grants, film finishing funds, access to employment opportunities and mentorships.

Member

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AMERICAN SOCIETY OF CINEMA-TOGRaPHERS

The American Society of Cinematographers, founded in Hollywood in 1919, is a cultural, educational, and professional organization for cinematographers.

Member

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sundance

Institute

Sundance Institute Collab Scholarship recipient.

Sundance Institute supports and champions independent artists because they believe their stories and perspectives are essential to a thriving, informed and connected society. They provide safe and nurturing spaces where artists can develop and share new work while building networks and community with one another.

Member

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WOMEN

IN

MEDIA

ZEISS Cinematography Lenses grant winner.

 

Women In Media encourages gender balance in film and entertainment industries by providing networking, professional development, and advocacy for above and below the line women and the people who love making movies with them.

Member

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sporas

Sporas is a platform for cinematographers, directors, and film technicians of color.

Member

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PROJECTS

PROJECTS

directing I producing i writing

Kimisha Renee Davis
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Directing reel

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"The Darkest Knight"
Action I Crime I Drama

Director I Producer
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short film

"90K"
Action I Thriller I Crime

Director I Producer I Writer
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short film

"The Warrioress"
Action I Adventure I Virtual Production

Director I Producer I Writer
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short film

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"Fake Smile"
Drama I Suspense

Director I Producer I Writer
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short film

"Abort"
Drama I Thriller

Director I Producer I Writer
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SHORT FILM

"Acid Rain"
Drama I Science Fiction

Director I Producer I Writer
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short film

"The Next Endeavor"
JStar Motors x RAM Truck x Sony EDU

Director I Producer I Writer
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COmmercial

"The Discovery"
Snapchat Discovery x Refinery29

Director I Producer I Compositor
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bRANDED CONTENT

"Flawless Feminist"
Beyoncé "Flawless" Kinetic Typography

Director I Producer I Compositor
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ANIMATION


in DEVELOPMENT

I am in development on a feature film
and television series, as well as a
graphic novel and video game.



 

Password protected portfolio available by request.
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FILM, tV, & game
production experience

CAMERA ASSISTANT CAMERA OPERATING ON REP

Misc Film Crew Positions
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Past PROJECTS

Visit my LinkedIn to view my professional experience portfolio!
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SOCIALITE

socialite

life in focus

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Amazon

"Thanks so much for joining us at this year's Amazon Fall Kickoff event at The Maybourne Hotel in Beverly Hills! So happy that I got to see you there! Can't wait to see you soon at one of our next events!"

Rafy E., Amazon Digital Manager

digital creator

Although I prefer behind the camera, I am a social butterfly. I am often asked and invited to attend premieres, events, and activations. I am honored to be an influencer and brand collaborator. I am widely known for my unique content. Email me in the contact section for bookings.

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Premieres, Events, &
Brand Activations

Having a special event, brand activation, or screening you think I'd be right for? I adore socializing, networking, and dressing for success from casual to red carpet ensembles. I am Los Angeles based and I am open to traveling and exploring new and exciting opportunities and destinations.

BRIDGERTON

Story Driven Content &
Creative Collaboration

I love bringing stories to life and producing moving images that engages, enriches, and enlightens our community. Ways that we can work together include: embedded marketing within my film, television, and game productions, branded content posts, stories, and videos for social media, as well as product collaborations and exclusive partnerships.

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Ambassadorships & Advocacy

Interested in working with me and creating a relationship of collaboration? I hope to use my platform and my voice to inspire others and influence with purpose.

I am interested in campaigns with like minded brands that share my commitment to create

positive change.

instagram

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My handle is @iamkimisharenee. I love sharing my filmmaking, travel, and wellness adventures.

 

I am the founder of @femalefilmcollectiveI create and curate impactful content that empowers BIPOC women filmmakers!

 

Additionally, I'm into keeping a healthy mind, body, and spirit. I"m into fitness, I'm empowered to practice yoga and meditation, and I live a plant based lifestyle,  

@enlivenedvegan.

ACTIVIST
Street Corner Protestors

life in focus

activist

FEMALE FILM COLLECtive

Female Film Collective
Female Film Collective is a women based filmmaking community. I created it to empower BIPOC female filmmakers. I share the latest of filmmaking industry news and events, and I highlight the best of emerging and established BIPOC women in film.

I have a leadership role as the founder. What I have learned while creating this non profit, is that: BIPOC female filmmakers need a voice and representation in the entertainment industry, now more than ever.
 
At FFC, I tell meaningful stories through a powerful women empowered message. I write, produce, and curate forward thinking, socially relevant, photo and video content across social media platforms. Additionally, I create workshops, seminars, and educational events for underrepresented female filmmakers.
 
My vision for what Female Film Collective can be, is blossoming. I am hoping to collaborate with like minded creatives who want to see it come to life. My dream is to expand internationally.
 
If you would like to contribute to Female Film Collective please email me at femalefilmcollective@gmail.com.

Kimisha Renee Davis
 
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PRESS

PRESS

collection of highlighted press

Respectability Entertainment Lab
New Filmmakers Los Angeles
NAB Interview
2020 ASC Awards
Anton Bauer Interview
AFI Cinematography Intensive Women
American Film Institute
Amazon Influencer
Vegout Magazine
Zeiss x Women in Media Grant Winner
Panavision
NAB Show
Art Center College of Design
Local 600 Newsletter
AFI "They Won't Last" Premiere

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RECOGNITION
Trophies

RECOGNITION

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the future of themed experiences

WINNER

I am a winner of The Future of Themed Experiences competition, sponsored by USC and judged by senior entertainment  executives from: Marvel, The Walt Disney Studios, Epic Games, Prime Video and Amazon Studios, Dolby Laboratories, Paramount Pictures, Warner Bros Discovery, and Iron Mountain Entertainment Services.

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national association
for the advancement of colored people

N-SPIRE SCHOLARSHIP

2021, I was awarded the NAACP N-SPIRE Scholarship to attend USC.

The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is a civil rights organization in the United States, formed in 1909 as an interracial endeavor to advance justice for African Americans by a group including W. E. B. Du Bois, Mary White Ovington, Moorfield Storey and Ida B. Wells.

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University of southern california

SCHOOL OF CINEMATIC ARTS

I am a student in the Film and Television Production division and I am focusing on directing, producing, and writing, with an emphasis in virtual production. I am the founder of USC Black Women of Cinematic Arts.

 

 Awarded the:

-USC Grant

-FAO Scholarship

 

to attend SCA. Fight on!

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Respectability entertainment lab

DIRECTING FELLOW

In 2021, I was chosen as a Directing Fellow, for the Respectability Entertainment Lab, sponsored by: The Walt Disney Company, Sony Pictures Entertainment, NBCUniversal, ViacomCBS, A&E, Final Draft, The Harnisch Foundation, the Murray/Reese Foundation, and the Pop Culture Collaborative.

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AMERICAN FILM INSTITUTE

DIRECTING WORKSHOP FOR WOMEN: THE INTERCHANGE

2021, I was invited to attend American Film Institute's Directing Workshop for Women: The Interchange.

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sundance

INSTITUTE

SUNDANCE INSTITUTE COLLAB SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENT

In 2020, I was selected as a Sundance Institute Collab Directing Fellow. I took Directing: Visual Storytelling.

 

Sundance Institute supports and champions independent artists because they believe their stories and perspectives are essential to a thriving, informed and connected society. They provide safe and nurturing spaces where artists can develop and share new work while building networks and community with one another.

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maine media workshops

SLED GRANT RECIPIENT

I received a SLED Grant to attend the Lighting for Film and Television Maine Media Workshop in 2020.

 

Maine Media Workshops + College is recognized as one of the world’s leading centers of creative learning for filmmaking, photography, writing, and book arts and design. Their degree and professional certificate programs are defining media arts education for the 21st Century.

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zeiss cinematography lenses

ZEISS GRANT WINNER

In 2020, I received a grant from ZEISS Cinematography Lenses through Women in Media.

 

ZEISS Cinematography Lenses offer you the performance with a wide range of focal lengths in twelve different lens families each tailored for your needs. 

Women In Media encourages gender balance in film and entertainment industries by providing networking, professional development, and advocacy for above and below the line women and the people who love making movies with them.

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ART CENTER COLLEGE OF DESIGN

ACCD SCHOLARSHIPS

Awarded the:

 

- Art Center Scholarship

- H B Edwards Endowed Scholarship

- Joseph and Rebecca Lacko Scholarship

- Ray Charles Fund Minority Scholarship

 

to attend Art Center College of Design, where focused on cinematography and directing.

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SONY VENICE PARTICIPANT

I was selected to participate in Sony EDU in 2019. I was invited into the exclusive Sony Venice camera track.

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panavision

OPERATIONS

In 2019, I was promoted from Operations Intern to employee.

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AMERICAN FILM INSTITUTE

CINEMATOGRAPHY INTENSIVE FOR WOMEN

I was selected as a 2019 participant to attend the Cinematography Intensive for Women at American Film Institute. I received a certificate. The AFI CIW was sponsored by Panavision and RED Digital Cinema.

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ANTON BAUER

'A RISING STAR IN CINEMATOGRAPHY'

I was named 'A Rising Star in Cinematography' by Anton Bauer in 2019.

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cincinnati state

SUMMA CUM LAUDE, 4.0 GPA

I graduated Summa Cum Laude with a 4.0 in audio and video production at Cincinnati State in 2017.

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COLLEGE MOVIE FEST

SOUND DESIGNER

In 2017, my contribution won runner up at College Movie Fest.

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COTTON INC.

INNOVATION AWARD

I won first place in an Innovation competition, from Cotton Inc. in 2008. This was when I studied fashion design at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising.

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INTERNATIONAL THESPIAN SOCIETY

1ST PLACE MONOLOUGE

In 2004, I won first place for my acting performance at the International Thespian Society's national competition.

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SCHOOL FOR CREATIVE & PERFORMING ARTS

VOCAL MUSIC AWARDS

From 2001-2007 I triple majored in acting, vocal music, and musical theatre at S.C.P.A. I received awards singing  with the choir, Chorale, and the female a capella group Baby Grands. 

GALLERY

GALLERY

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CONTACT

CONTACT

let's collab

I am looking forward to making a positive contribution!

For bookings, collaborations, and sponsorships, please contact my team below via email!
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