Producer Timothy Mark Davis Talks Konpa

Producer Timothy Mark Davis is an independent film and theatre maker based in South Florida. Most recently he produced the short film Konpa, which was selected in competition at the 2023 Tribeca Festival.

Konpa follows a young Haitian-American who learns how to dance Konpa to impress his crush.

What drew you to this story?

The last page. The first time I read the last page my heart filled and my eyes teared. Writer-director Al’Ikens Plancher knows how to find the emotional center of a story. Those are the kind of stories I want to tell. 

When did you first meet director Al’Ikens Plancher?

Went back to my calendar on this one. I met Al on May 16, 2022 at a screening of Ludi, Edson Jean’s (who plays Jean in our film) debut feature that I was producing a local tour of. Al and I met on May 18 to discuss me producing his next two short films…and we shot those films on June 20 and 21st. So certainly the process for Al was going on long before I came on board but we built the plane while in the air over the course of about a month!

What would be your advice to someone trying to break into the industry?

It’s the same advice everyone gives: make films. Here’s my bit of nuance: find the way in that you love. Acting, producing, directing, DP, sound, editor, First AD…films require so many skill sets. Find a couple of the jobs that you enjoy and do those jobs for other people’s films. When the time comes that you want to get in the director’s or producer’s seat (if that’s your desire), you’ll have a network to pull from. 

What’s next for you?

A few things! In pre-production for another short I’m producing by Haitian filmmaker Princess Usanga. Al and I made a third short together that is complete and in its festival planning stage. It’s the proof of concept for a feature we are developing and it’s probably going to be his big break. I’m calling it right now (Creed VII here we come). And lastly I’m in post for my own directorial debut feature film called Thank You, Places!, about a theatre company trying to save itself from financial collapse during the pandemic by making a “film”. I’m working with my composer currently and am making a festival submission plan. 

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