Founder & CEO, Over And Above Africa & KDC Films

Founder & CEO: Over And Above Africa & KDC Films

Founder & CEO: Over And Above Africa & KDC Films


Discussion and Q&A.  

When you follow your passion that one decision can inspire endless opportunities and hatch new dreams. During the session, Kerry shared how teaming up with like-minded partners has allowed her to overcome her deficits, and how setting expectations transformed challenges into opportunities to push yourself.  

Original COMMONar Date: Sept 18th, 2018



More about the COMMONar

This COMMONar was an interactive discussion and Q&A with Kerry about her evolution as a filmmaker and entrepreneur who is winning awards and capturing the attention of some of the most powerful names in the effort to protect endangered species and stop illegal poaching.   

Powerful Quotes from the COMMONar

  • “The world will rise up to meet you.”

  • “Don’t be introverted. You need to get out and interact with people.”

  • “Having a tribe is critical when you need to get out for a walk, bike ride, etc.”

  • “Show up for someone else regardless of how busy you are.”

  • “We need to reframe the definition of success.”

  • “You cannot create sustainable value unless you are working from your passion. Everything else is a ponzi scheme where you hope someone will pay more for what you have created.”


Bio: Kerry David

Producer, Director and Writer, Kerry David has been working in the film and television industry for more than 20 years. She began her career at Paramount Pictures on the contract side of filmmaking, after which she spent three years working exclusively for Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman. She was executive assistant to Cruise and Kidman during such films as Mission Impossible 2, Without Limits, Portrait of a
Lady, Peacemaker, Practical Magic, The Blue Room, and Eyes Wide Shut with legendary director Stanley Kubrick.

With this experience, Kerry started her own production company. She produced the award-winning, special edition DVD Deposing the Usual Suspects, followed by Agent Cody Banks and Agent Cody Banks2: Destination London. Next, she produced Perfect Romance for Lifetime Television, followed by the critically acclaimed feature documentary My Date with Drew featuring Drew Barrymore. This documentary won multiple awards around the world, including the Audience Award for Best Feature at the HBO Comedy Arts Festival, Best Feature at the NY Gen Art Film Festival, and the Audience Award at The Locarno International Film Festival. This led to a worldwide theatrical release through Blockbuster Entertainment. She also produced Expert Insight: Short Game Golf with Jim Furyk & Fred Funk, which won a Telly Award for Outstanding Instructional Content and Cinematic Excellence. Kerry’s next feature was adapted from the New York Times bestseller, Like Dandelion Dust starring Mira Sorvino and Barry Pepper. Kerry hired Oscar nominee Stephen J. Rivele (Ali, Nixon) to adapt the book, for 20th Century Fox. Like Dandelion Dust won more than 35 film festival accolades, including awards from the Heartland Film Festival to the Palm Springs International Film Festival. It also premiered at the prestigious Deauville Film Festival in France where it won the Premiere Audience Award for Best Feature.

She produced her fourth documentary, Making Miles - The Miles Davis Story for HBO. She followed this documentary by producing, writing and co-directing Seeking Happily Ever After, which was one of only 25 films accepted into the Sundance Film Lab as a work in progress. It was also used by Stanford University’s law department as a case study for fair use practices and was distributed by Lionsgate Films.

From 2010-2013 Kerry took a leave of absence from Hollywood to build an orphanage in Ghana, WestAfrica. She worked with a team of architects, a contractor from Habitat for Humanity and a small team of Ghanaians to design, budget and build a Musical Village for Orphans. Ever a filmmaker, she produced, wrote and directed several mini-documentaries to fundraise and build awareness for the orphanage. After negotiating for the land with three tribal chiefs, staffing and establishing the orphanage, it opened in 2013. Working with the kind people in Ghana will remain a highlight of her life.

In 2013, Kerry began managing crowdfunding campaigns for projects she felt passionate about, raising over $500,000 for various non-profits, productions and artists. When Kerry learned of the dire fate poaching and wildlife trafficking has inflicted on the endangered species of Africa and Asia, she was moved to take action. After a year of intense research, she launched the innovative non-profit  Over and Obove Africa.

In addition to her award-winning film work, Kerry has also been a guest speaker, panelist, and moderator at schools such as University of Southern California, University of California at Los Angeles, Pepperdine University, and the New York Film Academy. She has written articles for various magazines and online outlets, including MovieMaker Magazine and Script. She is a voting member of the Producers Guild of America (PGA) and British Academy of Film & Television Arts (BAFTA).

Her award winning feature documentary, Bill Coors: The Will to Live opens in theatres this October and she has just returned from Africa and Asia where she completed filming, Breaking Their Silence: Womenon the Frontline of the Poaching War.