Gary Davis (director)

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Born (1954-01-05) January 5, 1954 (age 68)
Camden, NJ, USA
NationalityAmerican
CitizenshipUnited States
Occupation
  • Film & Television Producer
  • Record Producer
  • Comic Book author
Years active1979- Present
Spouse(s)Sonjia Davis

Gary Davis is an American Film and Television Producer, Record Producer and Comic Book author. Davis has surpassed a 40 year career directing, editing and producing many indie feature films garnering him the title of "The King of "Z" Movies".[1]

Biography

Gary Davis was born in Camden, New Jersey on January 5, 1954 where his music career began. On February 13, 1979, Davis partnered with founders Peter Brown and Patrick Adams of P&P Records in New York City. He recorded music alongside Brown and Adams at the infamous Sound Ideas Studio. Davis continued to hone his skills in music while a Senior at Glassboro State College in New Jersey. He gained knowledge on a variety of musical sounds through the late Jazz Great Manny Albam[2] and reserved continued musical study with his uncle, Hammond B-3 Jazz Great Richard "Grooves" Holmes.[3]

Davis' initial collaboration with Peter Brown included Wayne Ford's[4] "Dance to the Music Freakout" and "The Best Thing in My Life". Davis later wrote and produced, "Queen Constance Theme" for the Jones Girls, aptly titled after Peter's recording label, "Remember Me and "Searching For My Lover.' He is also credited for writing and producing "What Can I Do," "Roller Rink Funk," and "Just Hanging Around" by Anita Maldonado.

In the Summer of 1979, Gary Davis collaborated with Peter Brown to create the Clyde Alexander and Sanction's[5] disco hit song, "Got to Get Your Love." The hit song was produced in New York City's Opal Studio atop Studio 54. Brown later recorded Spoonie Gee's Spoonin' Rap[6] in that same year establishing both tracks as a hit. The joint effort is attributed to part of the birth of both House and Hip Hop.

By 1980, Davis created Chocolate Star Records[7] in Camden, NJ with friend "DJ" aka Dennis P. Jones.[8] The duo produced Chocolate Star EP 1, a rare track as it included genres of funk, disco, hip hop, soul, electronic and even jazz sounds. Recording artist and Grammy Winner, Tyler "the Creator" tweeted that "Gee Dee" was one of the top 15 songs of all time. "The Pop" also recorded as a 12" version was one of the first songs produced using a drum machine.[9] Both tracks have been sampled and remixed by Kenny Dope and Styles P among numerous prolific DJ's and record producers.

In 1984, Davis moved to South Florida where he discovered and produced tracks for many Miami based artists including Keith "KJ" Jones, Cooley C, Jock "D," DJ Whiz, Baby "K and Baby Fresh, Fresh to Rock, JB Ski and Prince "E" and Asher.[10] He also produced songs with Danny "D" and Princess MC.

Following his successful music career, 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.[11] Davis later filmed Count Osaka in 2009, the sequel to Zen. The film was showcased at the Royal Palm Independent Film Festival in 2010.[12] In 2013, Davis produced and directed trilogy film 2057: Return to Zombie Island.[13] The film premiered at the Boynton Beach Cinema in Boynton Beach, FL July 31, 2013.[14]

By 2018, Gary Davis produced, directed and wrote "2054 A Princess, A Soldier and A Tailor,[15] a SciFi, Kung Fu, post apocalyptic Indie movie starring Martial Arts Grandmaster and International Chinese Star Chiu Chi Ling. Chiu also starred in the 2004 hit action comedy film Kung Fu Hustle in the pivotal role as the Tailor. In 2019, Davis wrote a comic book/graphic novel[16] called 2052 A Mouse, a Lion and a Dragon aka "Got to Get Your Love," aptly titled after his 1979 Disco hit. Chiu cast from "2054" are also featured in the comic book/graphic novel.

References

  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 - A Taste of Chocolate: The Very Best Of (CD)". Fat Beats. Retrieved 2020-07-01.
  3. "Chocolate Star the Very Best of Gary Davis". www.amazon.com. Retrieved 2020-07-01.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  4. "discopatrick site". www.discopatrick.com. Retrieved 2020-07-01.
  5. "Success, Vinylly". New Times. Retrieved 2020-07-01.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  6. "Gary Davis, nephew of Richard "Groove" Holmes: From P&P Disco to Hip-Hop to Miami Bass to indie films", ilxor, 2020-04-16, retrieved 2020-07-01
  7. "Chocolate Star the Very Best of Gary Davis". www.amazon.com. Retrieved 2020-07-01.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  8. Serwer, Jessie. "Gary Davis Chocolate Star: The Very Best of Gary Davis". XLR8R. Retrieved 2020-07-02.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  9. Dummy. "The 10 best weird disco songs, according to Luke Vibert/Kerrier District". DummyMag. Retrieved 2020-07-02.
  10. "Fresh to Rock We're Fresh To Rock Bass Force Records 1988". YouTube. Retrieved 2020-07-02.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  11. Kelly, Laura. "FILM BUZZ". Sun-Sentinel.com. Retrieved 2020-07-02.
  12. writer, Jason Parsley Staff. "ASPIRING FILMMAKERS SHOWCASE THEIR WORK". Sun-Sentinel.com. Retrieved 2020-07-02.
  13. McBane, Rebecca (2013-07-25). "Zombie Soldier Apocalypse". New Times Broward-Palm Beach. Retrieved 2020-07-02.
  14. Editor, Town-Crier. "Director Gary Davis To Premiere Zombie Movie | Town-Crier Newspaper". Retrieved 2020-07-02. {{cite web}}: |last= has generic name (help)
  15. Entertainment, Martial Arts (2018-05-21). "2054: A Princess, A Soldier, and A Tailor (2018)". Martial Arts & Action Entertainment. Retrieved 2020-07-01.
  16. Lolo, Sabrina (2019-09-18). "Retired school teacher, filmmaker donated comic books to Hurricane Dorian victims". WPEC. Retrieved 2020-07-01.

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