Mitch Davis was raised in Escondido, California and is the oldest of seven children. In 1989 he earned a Master’s degree in film from the University of Southern California, at the conclusion of which he was awarded an internship at Disney Studios. He was later hired by Disney as a junior executive in the Creative Group where he worked on such movies as “Rocketeer,” “Newsies,” “White Fang” and “Dead Poets Society.” Davis later moved to a producer’s job at Columbia Studios before leaving Hollywood to pursue a career as an independent filmmaker. In 1993 he wrote and co-directed a movie entitled “Windrunner” starring Margot Kidder and Russell Means, followed by “The Other Side of Heaven” in 2000 starring Anne Hathaway and Christopher Gorham, which he wrote, directed, and produced. In 2007 he wrote, directed, and produced “Language of the Enemy” starring F. Murray Abraham, followed by “Christmas Eve” in 2014, which he also wrote, directed, and produced. “The Stray,” to be released in the fall of 2017, is based on the true story of Davis’s personal experience taking in a stray dog who later saved his life when he was struck by lightning.