Seven Questions with Zaire Davis

Zaire Davis is the writer of Pinky Promise. In the film, a young African American couple is faced with tragedy on the brink of starting their lives together. Grief, heartbreak, and an act of injustice enters their lives and hits them full force as they plan for their upcoming future and leaves the remaining question if love truly can last forever when with the right person.

1. Who are your film influencers?

Spike Lee, Jordan Peele, & Ava DuVernay

2. What are the toughest aspects of making a film today?

The toughest aspects of making a film is finding funds. Asking strangers for money, hanging flyers, and spamming relatives is not easy but the outcome of pulling off a successful project makes the hard work fulfilling.

3. Best advice you’ve received as a filmmaker?

The best advice I’ve received as a filmmaker is to work extra hard in pre-production so that production and post can be a piece of cake

4. What does it mean to you to be a Black filmmaker or to create films with black stories or characters.

It means proper and fair representation. It means finding crew members who also prioritize showcasing black characters in a good light, literally and figurately. It means having black cinematographers, black hairstylists, and black make up artists on set so that actors can feel comfortable portraying characters that represent our most authentic selves.

5. What does it mean to you that your film is on Aspire TV and other platforms?

It means that we will finally have the opportunity to share this powerful film with the world! It is also a token of how much hard work our cast and crew put in and will be a fantastic reward for us all to see it on TV!

6. Advice you would give the next gen following you?

When you have an idea for a project, just start! When you start overthinking about everything that could go wrong, you are taking away from creating something that could actually go right! When I start to doubt myself and a project, I know that is the moment when I am supposed to dive in. Filmmaking is not surgery – it’s supposed to be fun. Take a deep breath and believe in your project like it is the best thing in the world because to you, it should be!

7. Are there any inspirational films, articles or books that you would recommend to go deeper into the topics and themes in your film?

Ta-Nehisi Coate’s Between the World and Me highlights the similar theme of a black person overcoming barriers. In Pinky Promise, the focal priority was to highlight that families of police brutality carry the pain of losing a loved one with no justice long after we stop saying their names. We should do more in our communities to uplift these individuals and partake in effective ways to implement change.

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