William S. Davis

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Lecturer & Director of the Film Studies Program






Director and Advisor of Film Studies


William S. Davis is a multidisciplinary artist, educator and community builder from the Appalachian foothills of North Carolina. With a background in photography and film studies, his work has been featured nationally and internationally in galleries including the Yale School of Art Gallery, TS1 Gallery and KIT Museum, and festivals including Indie Grits, HollyShorts, RAW Film Festival, South London Shorts, Lisbon International, Hong Kong Arthouse, Bucharest ShortCut CineFest, Cardiff Mini, Hell’s Half Mile, and NewFilmmakers NY, among others. A self-taught filmmaker, fine artist, writer and musician, his multimodal approach to art often incorporates elements of collage, sound, installation and moving images. He has guest lectured at academic institutions including Glamorgan, Duke, UNC Greensboro, East Tennessee State, South Carolina and Iowa, and partnered with numerous community organizations via conferences, festivals, workshops and events. He currently resides in Charlotte, North Carolina where he is Founder and Creative Director of Small Creatures, a production company and community-based visual marketing firm (www.smallcreatures.com) and Professor in the Film Studies Program and Director of the Video Production Certificate at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.


BA Art (Photography) / Film Studies Minor, UNC Charlotte (2004)

MA Liberal Studies (Film & Technology), UNC Charlotte (2009)


Director of the Film Studies Program, 2021-present

Director of Video Production Certificate, Film Studies Program, 2019-present

Full-Time Lecturer, Film Studies Program, 2018-2021

Adjunct Faculty, Film Studies / American Studies, 2009-2018



Creative Writing


Experimental Installation Music

Music Video

Narrative Performance


Artist Advancement

Arts Advocacy


Creative Empowerment

Educational Equity

Independent Film

Creative Workshops


  • FILM 3051 - Acting & Directing
  • FILM 3051 - Advanced Video Production
  • LBST 1102 - Arts & Society: Film
  • FILM 3050/COMM 3051 - Community-Based Film Production
  • FILM 3050/LACS 3050 - European Cinema
  • FILM 3051 - Fundamentals of Video Production
  • LBST 2101 - Western History and Culture
  • FILM 3051 - Intermediate Video Production
  • FILM 2201 - Introduction to Film
  • FILM 3050/LACS 3050 - Survey of French Film
  • FILM 3050/LACS 3050 - Survey of German Film

William S. Davis has taught for the Film Studies Program since January 2008. His Curriculum Vitae is available here, and more information can be found at smallcreatures.com. email for creative work: williamstephendavis.com