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Gary Davis

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Gary Davis is an American film and television producer, record producer and comic book author. Davis has had a career directing, editing and producing many indie feature films garnering him the title of "The King of "Z" Movies..[1]"

Biography[edit]

Gary Davis was born in Camden, New Jersey on January 5, 1954 where his music career began. He studied music composition and theory while attending Glassboro State College in Glassboro, New Jersey. He reserved continued musical study with his uncle, Hammond B-3 Jazz Great Richard "Grooves" Holmes. Davis arranged music and wrote for orchestras and bands and big jazz bands. On February 13, 1979, Davis met Peter Brown and Michael Campbell at Sound Ideas Studio in NYC. His initial collaboration with Peter Brown included Wayne Ford's "The Best Thing in My Life" and Dance to the Music Freakout." Later that year, Davis wrote and produced, for the Jones sisters, Joyce and Velma Jones. The produced tracks were 'Remember Me' and Searching For My Love.' He wrote and produced Anita Maldonado's "What Can I Do To Make You Dance." In the Summer of 1979, Gary Davis collaborated with Peter Brown to create the Clyde Alexander and Sanction's disco hit song, "Got to Get Your Love," in which he wrote and produced. By 1980, Davis created Chocolate Star Records in Camden, New Jersey after losing contact with Peter Brown. "The Pop" also recorded as a 12" version was one of the first songs produced using a drum machine. Gary Davis released his first LP on his Chocolate Star record label featuring tracks 'Gee Dee', 'Got to Get Your Love,' 'The Professor Here,' 'Super Jake,' 'The Pop,' 'Last Night', 'Stay With Me', and 'The Time For Love is Now' released in 1982[2].  

In 1984, Davis moved to South Florida where he discovered and produced tracks for many Miami based artists including Keith "KJ" Jones and Cooley C. One of his most popular tracks,"Got to Get Your Love" has been sampled by renowned DJ Kenny "Dope" Gonzales. With the success of his music career, Davis began to transition into filmmaking and producing soundtracks.[3]

Labeled as the "Guerilla Filmmaker," Davis has been filming since he was 10 years old in New Jersey. Davis' directorial career includes martial arts flick, 'Jade and the White Tiger' and 'A Sinners Prayer.' To promote his continued interest in filmmaking, Davis worked as an Editor at PBS station WXEL-TV in Boynton Beach, FL. On August 13, 2004, Davis premiered his film 'The Spanish Inn,' an indie-horror film in Boynton Beach, FL.[4]

Gary Davis
BornJanuary 5, 1954
Camden, New Jersey
🏫 EducationGlassboro State College
💼 Occupation
Film and Television Producer, director, record producer, comic book creator
📆 Years active  1979- Present
🏡 Home townCamden, New Jersey
👩 Spouse(s)Sonjia Davis
🥚 TwitterTwitter=
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To foster his attention on youth and mental health issues, Davis partnered with youth mentor Nicely Jean and Boca Raton's Promise to create a week-long film workshop that focused on mental health and teaching the youth how to create documentaries. Boca Raton's Promise was inspired by Gen Colin Powell and his wife, Alma who created the America's Promise Alliance in 1997. "Breaking the Silence," a film developed through Davis' week long workshop screened at the Boynton Beach movie theater in 2012.[5]

Davis wrote and produced Zen (2007 film), a drama, indie horror feature film starring Kit Dezolt, Vivian Kong and Lyndon Chan. The film was screened at the Boynton Beach Cinema in Boynton Beach, FL on April 12, 2007[6]. Davis later filmed Count Osaka in 2009, the sequel to Zen. The film was showcased at the Royal Palm Independent Film Festival in 2010[7]. In 2013, Davis produced and directed the trilogy film 2057: Return to Zombie Island[8]. The film premiered at the Boynton Beach Cinema in Boynton Beach, FL July 31, 2013[9]

By 2018, Gary Davis produced, directed and wrote "2054 A Princess, A Soldier and A Tailor, a SciFi, Kung Fu, post apocalyptic Indie movie starring Martial Arts Grand Master and International Chinese Star Chiu Chi Ling[10]. Chiu also starred in the 2004 hit action comedy film Kung Fu Hustle in the pivotal role as the Tailor. In 2019, Davis wrote his first sci-fi comic book called 2052- Two Sisters a Dragon and a Bounty Hunter. He donated copies of the comic book to victims of Hurricane Dorian and Pahokee city residents. Davis collaborated with Stuart Web offering the comic books to Pahokee City Manager Chandler Willliamson to benefit those affected by Hurricane Dorian[11]

References[edit]

  1. Shammas, Brittany (2018-02-13). "A Mysterious Death Can't Stop South Florida's Z-Movie King From Filming His Latest Masterpiece". Miami New Times. Retrieved 2020-07-01.
  2. "Gary Davis". Disco Patrick's. Retrieved 23 July 2020. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  3. Zwickel, Jonathan. "Success Vinylly". Retrieved 23 July 2020. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  4. Barton, Eric. "Flick Fixation". Broward Palm Beach New Times. Retrieved 23 July 2020. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  5. Engoren, Jan. "Youngsters 'Breaking the Silence'". South Florida Sun Sentinel. Retrieved 22 July 2020. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  6. Kelly, Laura. "FILM BUZZ". Sun-Sentinel.com. Retrieved 2020-07-02.
  7. writer, Jason Parsley Staff. "ASPIRING FILMMAKERS SHOWCASE THEIR WORK". Sun-Sentinel.com. Retrieved 2020-07-02.
  8. McBane, Rebecca (2013-07-25). "Zombie Soldier Apocalypse". New Times Broward-Palm Beach. Retrieved 2020-07-02.
  9. Editor, Town-Crier. "Director Gary Davis To Premiere Zombie Movie | Town-Crier Newspaper". Retrieved 2020-07-02.
  10. "2054: A Princess, A Soldier, and A Tailor (2018)". Martial Arts Entertainment. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  11. Lolo, Sabrina. "Retired school teacher, filmmaker donated comic books to Hurricane Dorian victims". CBS News 12. Retrieved 22 July 2020. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)

External Links[edit]

Gary Davis on IMDB

Gary Davis discography at Rate Your Music


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