Lagueria Davis: Filmmaker

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My NativeAdVert:

Lagueria Davis graduated from the University of Oklahoma in 2007 with a BFA in Media Art. Originally from Fort Worth, Texas, Davis graduated in 1996 and found herself a freshman at OU double majoring in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. Three years and three internships later, her need to create consumed her, and she left the engineering program and landed in the School of Art. Since graduating, Davis has established herself as an award-winning filmmaker.  

MAID OF DISHONOR a feature she co-wrote was a 2016 Nicholls Fellowship Quarter-Finalist and was a quarter finalist in the 2015 WeScreenplay Competitions. REMEMBER ME a pilot Davis wrote was a semi-finalist 2016 WeScreenplay TV Competition. In addition, in 2013 THIS IS NOT A LOVE STORY, a feature script and in 2016 LIGHT IN DARK PLACES a short script placed in the Austin Film Festival Screenplay Competition. Recently, Davis was selected to participate as a writer/director in the Outfest/NBCUni In-Fusion Talent Development Program. In Jan 2018, Davis shot LIGHT IN DARK PLACES. Next up in 2018, she will be directing a feature documentary, BLACK BARBIE, which was selected as a Big Sky Pitch Participant and WIF/Women at Sundance Financing Intensive. Currently, Davis resides in LA where she’s on the board of the Alliance of Women Directors and Cinefemme.

What do you love most about Your City?

I presently live in LA and have been in this city for seven years. I love the energy of this city. It’s got a vibe that’s in tune with mine. It’s got some get up and go, but it also has a relax and take it slow feel to it as well. At any given moment, I know that I could go with either and still be okay. I’d like to think I’ve found my forever home in LA.

Favorite breakfast meal & restaurant?

Two eggs, breakfast potatoes, and a pancake or waffle. Wash it all down with a couple of cups of coffee-- black or with a little cream and two sugars. Or, perhaps, a couple of breakfast tacos. I enjoy diner type breakfast spots, like—The Waffle, Cindy’s, I-Hop, Roscoe’s Chicken and Waffles.

What are you doing at:

6:00 AM – Sleeping if I’m not on a job!

If I’m working, I may be up and on set by this time, but I’m there half asleep. I’m so not a morning person! I’m usually no good to anyone until 10am or later…

10:00 AM – Again, if I’m not working, I’m just starting my day most likely. This means, I’m up and doing a boxing session two or three times a week. If it’s not a workout morning, it’s a “slow” morning where a make breakfast or eat cereal while checking and answering emails and reading my horoscope. Then I set to task on working through my to do list for the day… This could include taking phone calls, lunches, brunches to reconnect with friends or for networking purposes.

When I’m on a job, I’m usually juggling that plus the items on my “personal projects” to do list.

12:00 PM - Favorite Lunch spot/meal? When I’m not on a job, my favorite lunch spot is Slurpin’ Ramen, they have the best Veggie Ramen!

When I’m working prep or wrap, we love to lunch at Tender Greens (Tuna Nicois Salad), Sweet Greens (Baja Fish Bowl), Lemonade (The Big Chill with Ahi Tuna), and Galanga (Spicy Basil Salmon). I’m a creature of habit, I usually order the same thing every time. Otherwise, when on set, I’m eating the catering for all meals. Gotta love production!

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7:00 PM -  If I’m on a job, I’m usually still working! Once we wrap for the day, I usually find myself at happy hour with my team if I don’t have a previous engagement. Due to the nature of my volunteering, I often times have a previous engagement.

If I’m not working-- I attend screenings, dinner with friends, attend events, host events. If I’m feeling more introverted-- I could be at home binge watching something or reading a book. Also, this time could be used for doing laundry, washing dishes, and deep cleaning. And of course, depending on the to do list, could still be working on crossing more items off of it.

11:00 PM – I’m a night owl. So, it’s not uncommon for me to be settling in with a night cap and gearing up to do some writing. There’s a slim chance, even when I’m working, that I’m in bed by 11pm. If I’m working, I try to go to bed by 1am. If I’m not working and the writing is flowing… sleep come when it comes.

What drink do you need to get through the day and at the end (and how many)? Lots of coffee and water get me through the day.

To end the day. Whiskey. Wine-- of the red variety. Usually. How many? Depends on the day!

Most used App/Favorite Instagram Account?

What’s this?

What should everyone try at least once?

Oh dear, not sure that I’m an authority to speak on what everyone should try at least once… Living outside of their hometown or the city where they were raised. Even if it’s just for a month, a summer, a season…

Where do you enjoy getting lost? I have a bad sense of direction. So, by default, I have to enjoy getting lost anywhere and often. Though this summer I had the joy of getting lost DTLA during the Adult Swim Festival. My friend and I discovered this beautiful little section of downtown. It was lovely and felt like it was right where we were supposed to be going, which made us feel a little less lost and a little more ready for adventure!