Filmmaker / Photographer / Creative Director
Mustafa Davis, was born and raised in the Bay Area in Northern California. After attending college where he studied English and Photojournalism, Mustafa traversed overseas in search of ecstatic truth in art and independent stories to tell. Armed with this camera and a notepad he set out to find those obscure stories that he felt needed a voice. After nearly seven years of travel through Europe, Africa, and the Middle East, Mustafa ended up in Yemen where he met acclaimed German documentary filmmaker Stefan Tolz who was shooting his film “Adobe Towns – Shibam, Manhattan of the Desert.” Stefan took a liking to Mustafa and trained him in the art of documentary filmmaking.
There, Mustafa studied with renowned German cinematographer Sorin Dragoi (Winner of 2004 German Cinematography Award) and further developed his deep love for the camera. In 2003, he returned to the USA where he continued studies in the art of filmmaking at the New York Film Academy (Universal Studios – Hollywood, CA) and graduated at the top of his class with his thesis film “The Champ.”
Mustafa co-founded the media production company Guidance Media and created his own production company Grazroots Films. He relocated to Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates where he established the Media Division of the Tabah Foundation. He also established the production company Tabah Films (which focuses on feature films and documentaries) as well as Tabah TV (a television production company). Mustafa held the executive positions of Media Division Director, Film Producer/Director and Media Advisor at the Tabah Foundation
Mustafa left the Tabah Foundation in 2008 and relocated to Hollywood, California where he founded the award winning production company (Cinemotion Media). Cinemotion Media produces feature documentary films (including the award winning films Common Ground, Deen Tight and The Warm Heart of Africa) as well as music videos, commercials, educational films, corporate videos, and short films. Cinemotion Media provides film and photography services as well as official media consulting to several companies and non-profit organizations globally.
Mustafaʼs work has been showcased internationally on MTV, PBS, iTV, Rotana, Al Risala, Abu Dhabi TV, Dubai TV, Channel 1 Yemen TV, IQRA, TV Sudan, MBC, Al Aqariyya, KBC, Dream, and at international film festivals, screenings and exhibitions. Cinemotion Media incorporates the expertise and consultation of acclaimed award winning and four time Oscar nominated producer Robert Richter (Woman Rebel, The Last Atomic Bomb, In Our Hands), award winning editor Ruth Schell (A Life Apart, A Letter Without Words, The Last Ghost of War) , and Hollywood screenwriter John August (Corpse Bride, Big Fish, Charlieʼs Angels, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory) and many other professional filmmakers and photographers worldwide. Cinemotion Media has offices in the San Francisco Bay Area, California.
Recently had the chance to finally cut & dig with the homie Marsellus Wallace out of SD via OB. Don’t sleep on this cat, dudes for real. There’ll be more KID-WALLACE buildin fa sho!!! Keepin vinyl diggin alive and fresh.
As my first post. I wanted to share an interview I did with San Diego’s own Sunk Roc of The Community Service Radio (2008). Pretty much sums up who I am and where I come from as a person. Muslim.DJ.Record Collector.Aspiring Grad Student.American.Filipino.Human.
I’m also known as the kidragon. Dragon is a Greek word, drakon or drakein, which means serpent of huge size or “to see clearly”
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