Tessa Davis’ voice leans towards those who need to be heard. Inspired by stories of people overcoming adversity to fulfill their dreams or see justice served, her work as an editor alternates between public service advocacy and entertaining tableaus where brands can lighten the mood while extolling their virtues. Examples include the Ad Council’s PSA for the Dollar General Literacy Foundation that profiles adults who’ve gone back to get their high school diplomas, as well as Microsoft’s “Change The Odds” documentary-style spot, part of its #MakeWhatsNext effort to urge girls to pursue STEM studies.
She also edited a sweet film for Canon’s Project Imagination, directed by the actress Bryce Dallas Howard, that shows a couple’s life together as seen only through their shoes. Her commercial clients include brands like Snapple, Samsung, Smartwater, Adidas and Taco Bell.
A director as well, she both shot and edited a series of long-format PSAs for Safe Place for Youth (S.P.Y.), telling the stories of homeless youth in Venice, CA, who’ve been supported by the non-profit. She also directed a series of shorts for the hip hop artist Crown and the M.O.B., including the video for his tune, “Roam.” Commercially, she’s directed comedy spots for The Sergei Foundation, sponsor of the Triad Dog Games, and for the dairy-free line of cheeses made by Daiya.