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Jeff Davis

MMW 04: June 2009

Jeff Davis has worked with a broad range of local and international non-profit organizations as a documentary photographer and media producer. In addition to leading these projects, he served as Co-Executive Producer for "Art Wolfe's Travels To The Edge," an award winning, 26-part television Series that is broadcast on public television stations throughout the United States and portions of Europe, Asia, and Central and South America. "Travels To The Edge" maintains an uplifting focus on travel, wildlife, raw wilderness, remote cultures, and critical environmental themes. The show reaches an audience of more than one million people each week.

Davis is currently producing TV and web-based documentary and advocacy-oriented multimedia projects to support awareness and expand funding for a highly successful treatment (RUTFs) that is now possible for malnourished children in sub-Sahara Africa. To launch this project, Jeff spent six weeks in January, February, and March of 2009 (the core of "Hunger Season") traveling with medical relief teams to produce still imagery and HD video footage in rural Malawi - a "hot spot" for this crisis.

Davis' professional experience includes marketing, consulting, and management roles with I.B.M., Apple Computer, LucasFilm, and P.B.S. and a passionate and successful tenure as CEO for a 150-year-old, thriving, non-profit - Edgewood.

Davis is an active member of the American Society of Media Photographers (ASMP) and the San Francisco Film Society (SFFS). His formal education includes a Bachelor's degree from Stanford and a Master's Degree from Harvard.

Jeff participated in the June 2009 MediaStorm Storytelling Workshop. He had the following to say about his experience:

A new team, an evolving story, tight deadlines, unpredictable weather, collaborative opportunities, studio lectures, on-the-go instruction, creative expression, and exposure to MediaStorm's unique approach to production came together to create an immersive, exhausting, and highly valued experience.

The workshop format allowed each member of our team to contribute, explore new professional roles, experiment, and learn a ton while driving toward a finished, compelling story. As expected, there were moments of uncertainty, insight, comedy, tension, focus, disappointment, and encouragement along the way.

Participating in this process from start to finish was awesome. I left the workshop with new goals for my professional development and a stronger sense for the challenge, tools, structure, and power of multimedia storytelling.

Behind the Scenes: Workshop 4 by Tim Hussin

For one week in June of 2009, eight professional storytellers dove into what it means to tell a great story, how the internet has opened up new worlds to them, and why it matters so much for skilled people to share their expertise.

A Tail of Identity by Toni Greaves, Jeff Davis, Steve Rowland and Gregory Warner

A young man feels he can't really be himself, until he makes an unusual discovery. In A Tail of Identity, we meet three such men who, with candor and humor, reveal how the path into their most honest lives led them outside the human world.