Lee Davis




Born and raised in the Northeast Bronx, Lee Davis credits his love of filmmaking to his father taking him to the movies at a young age.  “I knew film was what I wanted to do, when I saw peoples faces transfixed on the screen in a darkened theater. I love films.”

After graduating from Fordham University in the Bronx, Davis worked at Tower Records in the village. A chance meeting there with Spike Lee turned into the opportunity of a lifetime. Davis apprenticed with Spike Lee at 40 Acres & A Mule Filmworks Inc. on the films Mo’ Better Blues, Jungle Fever, Malclom X, and Crooklyn.

Davis’ short film A Gut Feeling in 1999 starring Saul Williams and Ruben Santiago-Hudson, executive produced by Spike Lee and produced by Shan Browning and John Murchison, premiered at the Noosa Film Festival in Australia, Urban-world Film Festival in New York, and was seen nationwide on The Sci-Fi Channel.

In 2000 Lee Davis was named as one of Variety Magazine's Top Ten Screenwriters To Watch. That year he wrote and directed 3AM, developed by The Sundance Institute.  The Showtime Original film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, and starred Danny Glover, Pam Grier, Michelle Rodriguez, executive-produced by Spike Lee. The film garnered Davis two cable nominations including Best Director.

In 2001 Lee Davis wrote & directed Flicker a HI-DEF long form short film for the Sci-Fi Channel. That year Miramax purchased his original screenplay, Dance On Two.

In 2003 Davis served as a screenwriting advisor at the prestigious Oaxaca (formerly Sundance) Screenwriting Lab in Mexico, to Latin American screenwriters.

In 2004 Davis directed Christmas at Waters Edge, starring Keisha Knight Pulliam, Pooch Hall, and Tom Bosley.

In 2007 Davis directed The King & I, a film component of the Los Angles presentation of Susan Lori Parks prestigious “365 plays in 365 Days.”

Romance Is Served, a documentary about romance in Los Angeles won Best Documentary at the Belize Film Festival. His documentary Hoop Reality chronicles the lives of schoolyard legend Arthur Agee, and Patrick Beverley, a prolific high school scorer now playing in the NBA with the Houston Rockets.

Davis’ most recent work includes his first novel, Bespoke and the upcoming short films DoTell and Mother of The Week. His music videos West Side Girl for Grammy-nominated R&B artist Bilal, and Don’t Gain The World  for Hip Hop Artist Sunny Dilinger and Freemoor’s Free.

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