Meet AJFF: Danny Davis of Protect Awesome and Production Designer of Cinebash


We're incredibly proud that AJFF attracts some of the most talented, passionate people. We rely heavily on this village to make AJFF what it is, and we're going to introduce you to some of the people who make up that village. From our staff, to our volunteers, or even to members of our audience, there's a huge group of people that make AJFF a world-class cultural event. This month, we're putting the spotlight on Danny Davis of Protect Awesome and Production Designer of AJFF’s newest annual program, Cinebash.

A Little Bit About Danny 

Hailing from the wilds of Portland, Oregon where he fell in love with Contemporary Art and public spectacle through the Time Based Arts Festival, Danny came to Atlanta in 2008 right before the recession flattened the playing field. Filling hats from Art Handler to Technical Director, Production Designer to Rigger amongst others; he worked tirelessly in production and presentation from tiny non profit performance to massive corporate week long bashes.

Through tenacity and creativity, Danny thrives in tackling complex challenges in difficult situations. Delivering award winning and iconic results for organizations ranging from Goat Farm Arts Center, Art on the Beltline, The Lucky Penny and Dashboard in Atlanta to Creative Time and Mirrorball in NYC extending to Portland Institute of Contemporary Art, Nike and On The Boards over on the west coast amidst scores of others.

Danny is a believer in the Idea that every moment can be great, every moment can hold the possibility of being heart stopping and vital to our own personal lexicon. All we need is the right hand up, or sometimes the right push.

How did you come to be involved with AJFF?

Having worked with Atlanta Contemporary, numerous arts organizations and municipalities for years designing and building spectacles, installations and performances I was intrigued by the new opportunity Cinebash opened to enact a new way of defining an evening’s experience. After meeting Kenny and the wonderful team here I was hooked.

What do you want people to know about Cinebash for its inaugural year?

We’re excited to open a doorway into seeing an evening through the lens of a particular creative perspective. The possibilities that engender themselves from the works of both Saul and Elaine Bass when applied through the lens of an evening on the grounds of Atlanta Contemporary are numerous and evocative. Expect an evening of color, class and curiosity that will hopefully want you to engage in their work deeper, collaborate with potential new connections and create memories that will have you coming back next year.

How do you see AJFF continuing to grow in the arts community?

I’m very excited about this step AJFF is taking towards year-round programming and am looking forward to how that will help position them to find new audiences within a community that is ripe for growth.

What’s next for you after this event? 

A summer filled with color palettes to pick, sculptures to install, shows to build and hopefully quite a bit of my favorite things: hammocks, road trips, great books and friends.

What is the most rewarding aspect of being involved with AJFF?

The team of AJFF is a pleasure to work with and the community of support surrounding them offers new surprises often. The confidence that has been shown in me right out of the gate is a real humbling and wonderful thing.

What's your favorite AJFF film, and why? 

Funny Girl, a musical with great design, costumes, laughs and glam that ultimately is about how the world reacts to strong, confident women and the self-reliance they put into everyday life. What else do you want?

Thank you to Danny for his time this month and for letting us borrow a little bit of his genius to launch Cinebash. Stay tuned to see who we profile next.