KIMISHA RENEE DAVIS
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Hi, I am Kimisha Renee Davis! I am a Los Angeles based writer, director, and cinematographer and I shoot narrative films and commercials. I am dedicated to telling diverse stories, especially ones that: are female centric, feature BIPOC characters, and explore the developing intersection of African diaspora culture with technology.
I am all about positive vibes and I love creating dynamic visual storytelling through: screenwriting, detailed character development, selecting and manipulating lenses and cameras, composition, color design, and painting with light. Thus bringing beautiful stories to life.
I am a film student. I am majoring in directing with an emphasis in screenwriting 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 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. I was invited to attend American Film Institute's Directing Workshop for Women: The Interchange. I was awarded a scholarship to attend Directing: Visual Storytelling at Sundance Institute Collab. I received a SLED Grant to attend the Lighting for Film and Television Maine Media Workshop. I was awarded a grant from ZEISS Cinematography Lenses through Women in Media. I was selected to attend Sony EDU. I was sponsored by Panavision and RED Digital Cinema to attend the Cinematography Intensive for Women at American Film Institute. Additionally, I was named ‘A Rising Star in Cinematography’ by Anton Bauer.
I 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 hero films. I am committed to creating ones that have super heroines, BIPOC characters, and Afrofuturistic themes in the forefront. I am in pre production on my short film "Prima" and I am in development on a feature film and television series.
I am committed to telling diverse stories that transform the world. To sum it up, I'm super grateful for my blossoming career, where I'm having opportunities to contribute my creative skills in films, commercials, branded content, and social media. I am looking forward to connecting with other like minded collaborators and making a positive contribution.
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"I am committed to telling diverse stories
that transform the world!"
-Kimisha Renee Davis
ADOBE CREATIVE SUITE
Service Vision Scorpio
Arri: Alexa, Alexa Mini, Amira,
LF, LF Mini, SXT, and XT
Canon: 5D Mark III
Panasonic: AG-HPX372, EVA1, and VariCam 35
Red: Epic W, Scarlet, Ranger, and Komodo
Sony: AS7 II, FS5, FS7, and Venice
Arri: Arriflex 16 and 416, Arriflex 35 BL
Bolex: Super 16
Panavision: Panaflex Millennium XL2
Ready Rig Movi/Ronin (In Training)
Steadicam Flyer LE (In Training)
UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
Directing Major/Emphasis in Screenwriting
Film and Television Production
School of Cinematic Arts
USC African American Cinema Society
(USC Grant , FAO Scholarship, and the
NAACP N-SPIRE Scholarship)
Expected Graduation Date: Fall 2023
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.)
Directing: Visual Storytelling
(Sundance Institute Collab Scholarship)
COLLEGE OF DESIGN
Cinematography Major/Directing Minor
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Creativist
(Dean's List, Mentorship Program,
Art Center Scholarship, H B Edwards Endowed Scholarship, Joseph and Rebecca Lacko Scholarship, and Ray Charles Fund Minority Scholarship)
AMERICAN FILM INSTITUTE
Cinematography Intensive for Women
(Sponsored by Panavision and RED)
crane & remote head workshop
(Sponsored by Women in Media,
Cinemoves, Panavision, and the ASC)
Garnish Music Production School
Electronic Music DJ Major
Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising
Fashion Design Major
(1st Place Cotton Inc. Scholarship)
Directing Workshop for Women: The Interchange
main media workshops
Lighting for Film and Television
(Sponsored by Sony)
(Sponsored by Cinegear, the ASC, and ARRI)
Audio/Video Production Major
(Summa Cum Laude, 4.0 GPA, Dean’s List, Runner Up College Movie Festival, Associate’s Diploma)
The Forum, Advanced Course,
Self ExpressionLeadership Program,
and Causing the Miraculous Seminar Series
Carnegie Mellon University
(Spokesmodel, Admissions Assistant, and Residential Assistant)
Acting/Vocal Music/Musical Theatre Major
(High School Diploma)
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.
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.