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Tamra Davis (born January 22, 1962) is an American film, television and music video director.

Tamra Davis
Born (1962-01-22) January 22, 1962 (age 57)
Alma materLos Angeles City College
Years active1986–present
Michael Diamond (m. 1993)

Early lifeEdit

Davis was born the second out of four children in Studio City, California. She was exposed to the media industry at an early age by her grandfather, a comedy writer, and her grandmother, who was an actress at Fox. Davis and her family constantly watched films and she aspired to become an actress. In the 11th grade, Davis dropped out of high school and met Egyptian film producer Ibrahim Moussa. Ibrahim took Davis to Italy for six months to work.

Returning to the U.S., Davis worked at an art gallery but soon quit to work at American Zoetrope in an apprentice position. The studio was struggling to complete Francis Ford Coppola's Waterloo, One From the Heart; the hectic schedule allowed Davis to study Coppola's directing and the business. Coppola suggested to Davis that she go to school, at which point she then attended Los Angeles City College.[1]


As soon as she got out of school, Davis sent out a package of videos that she had done and was hired to do a video for the band Hüsker Dü. Davis states that music videos "played a huge role in developing my sensibility as a director. There's much less sexism in the video world and they're open to women. But more important, with video you're always being pushed to experiment and come up with something new." [1] Over the past seven years, Tamra Davis has made a name for herself directing cutting-edge videos for some of the thorniest acts in popular music. As director of choice for performers such as N.W.A, Sonic Youth, and Black Flag. Davis is also known for directing films such as Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child, CB4, Billy Madison, and Half Baked and television shows such as My Name Is Earl and Everybody Hates Chris. She also directed the film Crossroads, starring Britney Spears. [2] Currently, Davis has a cooking show showcasing vegetarian fare called Tamra Davis Cooking Show accessible on her website She also wrote a cookbook titled Make Me Something Good to Eat.[2]

Personal lifeEdit

Davis has been married to Mike D of the Beastie Boys since 1993, but they are legally separated.[3] They have two children, Skyler and Davis.

Critical receptionEdit

Davis' debut feature film Guncrazy received a review saying that "in Guncrazy, Davis delivers pow entertainment with a twist: It matters."[4] Davis' co-worker Drew Barrymore praised her work ethic: "It's a real honor and much of the credit goes to Tamra because she's easily the best director I've ever worked with. Anyone who gets to work with her is lucky because the scope of her talent is huge and her vision is really pure." [1]



  • Make Me Something Good to Eat (2009)


Year Title Role Notes
1992 Guncrazy director feature film
1993 CB4 director feature film
1995 Billy Madison director feature film
1997 Best Men director feature film
1998 Half Baked director feature film
2000 Skipped Parts director; executive producer feature film
2002 Crossroads director feature film
2002 Keep Your Eyes Open director documentary
2004 Method & Red director TV series, 1 episode
2005 My Name Is Earl director TV series, 1 episode
2006 A Conversation with Basquiat director documentary
2006 Everybody Hates Chris director TV series, 1 episode
2006 Love Monkey director TV series, 2 episodes
2006 Men in Trees director TV series, 1 episode
2007 Ugly Betty director TV series, 1 episode
2007 Grey's Anatomy director TV series, 1 episode
2008 The Ex List director TV series, 1 episode
2010 Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child director; producer documentary
2010 Sons of Tucson director TV series, 1 episode
2011 Single Ladies director; executive producer TV series, 21 episodes; 14 episodes
2013 The Punk Singer producer documentary
2013 Hit the Floor director TV series, 5 episodes
2015 Odd Mom Out director TV series, 2 episodes
2015 Crazy Ex-Girlfriend director TV series, 1 episode
2015 Younger director TV series, 4 episodes
2016 Still the King director TV series, 3 episodes
2016 Mary + Jane director TV series, 2 episodes
2016 Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency director TV series, 2 episodes
2017 Santa Clarita Diet director TV series, 1 episode
2017 Star director TV series, 2 episodes
2017 Daytime Divas director TV series, 1 episode
2017 You're the Worst director TV series, 3 episodes
2017 Kevin (Probably) Saves the World director TV series, 1 episode
2018 Alone Together director TV series, 5 episodes
2018 Empire director TV series, 1 episode
2018 God Friended Me director TV series, 1 episode
2019 Future Man director TV series, 2 episodes
2019 Valley of the Boom director TV series, 1 episode
2019 High School Musical: The Musical: The Series director TV series, 1 episode

Music videosEdit

Year Title Artist Notes
1986 "But Not Tonight" Depeche Mode
1986 "Baby Ran" 54-40
1987 "Shoplifters of the World Unite" The Smiths
1987 "Sheila Take a Bow" The Smiths
1988 "Anne's Song" Faith No More
1988 "In Your Room" The Bangles
1988 "Wild Thing" Tone Lōc
1989 "Closer to Fine" Indigo Girls
1989 "It's Funky Enough"[5] The D.O.C.
1989 "The D.O.C. & The Doctor" The D.O.C.
1989 "Cha Cha Cha" MC Lyte
1989 "Bust a Move" Young MC
1989 "Principal's Office" Young MC
1990 "From a Distance" Bette Midler
1990 "Kool Thing" Sonic Youth
1991 "Call It What You Want" New Kids on the Block
1991 "Dirty Boots" Sonic Youth
1992 "Netty's Girl" Beastie Boys
1992 "100%" Sonic Youth with Spike Jonze
1992 "Daughters of the Kaos" Luscious Jackson
1993 "I Got You Babe" Cher with Beavis and Butt-Head
1993 "It's About Time" The Lemonheads
1994 "Big Gay Heart" The Lemonheads
1994 "Bull in the Heather" Sonic Youth
1994 "Citysong" Luscious Jackson
1995 "I Dig You" Boss Hog
1995 "Pacer" The Amps
1995 "Away with the Pixies" Ben Lee
1995 "All Hail Me" Veruca Salt
1995 "Kiss and Tell" G. Love & Special Sauce
1997 "MMMBop" Hanson
1997 "Drawer" Summercamp
1997 "Where's the Love" Hanson
1998 "Boy, You Knock Me Out" Tatyana Ali
1999 "Ladyfingers" Luscious Jackson
2001 "Movies" Alien Ant Farm


  1. ^ a b c McKenna, Kristen. "This Young MC Is a Movie Mixmaster Film: Tamra Davis combines her experience making cutting-edge videos with Hollywood's past to get the gritty 'Guncrazy.'". Tribune Publishing Company.
  2. ^ a b "Tamra Davis Cooking Show". 2010. Retrieved February 1, 2010.
  3. ^ "Mike D's Endless Summer: How Ex–Beastie Boy Found New Peace in Malibu". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2018-04-01.
  4. ^ MacCambridge, Michael. "Take a shot at 'Guncrazy' // Movie may lead Drew Barrymore on comeback trail".
  5. ^ "On the Job Training: Part Nine". Wax Poetics. 2012-06-22. Retrieved 2012-12-24.

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