We had the good fortune of connecting with Stephen P. Davis and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Stephen P., why did you decide to pursue a creative path?
I have always been the creative type, always loved English and reading and art. But when I think back on what truly inspired me to do film I think of my family. My dad passed away when I was very young and so my mom was left to raise me and my brother by herself. One of the things we’d often do together even before my dad passed was watch movies together, most notably, Back to the Future. So, I think back to that as being a core memory for me when I was very happy as a child. That inspired me by wanting to also create art in the form of film that can affect someone in such a positive way like it did for me growing up.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
What I believe sets me apart in not only life but also translates into my work is my empathy and passion for inspiring others. I find great deals of joy in impacting people and often say if I make even one audience member think after watching my film then that is a success for me. The ability to create something from nothing and have it cultivate real thought or change is amazing to me. I also really pride myself on cultivating positive sets where everyone has a voice, I often say you don’t have to be the best to work with me just don’t be a jerk. I’d say I really got to the place I am now not just from hard work and passion but a lot because of the people around me who I have worked with and the people that have always been there for me and supported me, I wouldn’t be anything without them. I have learned MANY lessons along the way in my film journey but I welcome these lessons and challenges, I never want to stop learning and growing in my craft as a Director and filmmaker in general and will always seek out those better than me to try and learn from and grow with.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Oh man that’s a very tough question because I tend to be more of a home body. But, I am a big foodie so I would either take them to some of my favorite food spots in town or try a new one together because trying new things always excites me. I’d probably also try and take them up north because there is a unique series of scenery from Sedona to Flagstaff that you don’t really find in Phoenix.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Aside from shouting out my incredibly supportive mother and brother Casey as well as the rest of my family and close friends, there are numerous local Arizona filmmakers that deserve shout outs. I would love to name drop some here but I feel like I would have quite the long list so I’d encourage people to instead just look at my socials and see who I’m creating with, they’re all such great people and I love to not only surround myself with other supportive and amazing creatives but ones I can also learn from.
BTS Images taken by Lisette Perez