In 1996, armed with his life's savings and life experiences, Davis wrote and directed the much praised Eight Days A Week, a loosely autobiographical, coming-of-age story starring Keri Russell (in one of her first leading film roles), which won the Audience Award at the 1997 Slamdance Film Festival. The success of Eight Days A Week allowed Davis to write and direct two more romantic comedies, 100 Girls (with Jonathan Tucker and Katherine Heigl) and 100 Women, both released by Lions Gate. He branched out into horror with the thriller, Monster Man.
Davis began his directing career in television helming a variety of projects from The Amazing Live Sea Monkeys to the highly rated special, Cheers – Last Call. His other directing credits include a short film funded by Steven Spielberg in honor of a birthday celebration for the late Steven Ross of Time Warner. In the film, among his actors are filmmakers George Lucas, Clint Eastwood and Spielberg.
His other screenplays include Kinsey Reports, about the world's first sex researcher Alfred Kinsey, which was a finalist in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science's Nichols Fellowship.
Davis was an undergraduate illustration major at Parsons School of Design in New York where he honed his skill as an artist and an animator. After a brief stint as an animation director in Washington D.C., Davis went to USC's School of Cinema-Television where he won the Edward G. Small Directing Scholarship.
After graduating USC, he apprenticed under several of the top directors as a storyboard artist. His work includes a turn as storyboard artist on the groundbreaking Pee Wee's Playhouse, sketching sequences for John McTiernan's Medicine Man, and commercial spots for Michael Apted and Roland Joffe, among others.
Davis recently finished writing his first novel, Lawrence of Suburbia. He is currently writing his next action feature.
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