Tamra Davis began working in film while participating in an apprenticeship at production studio American Zoetrope, where they were working on Francis Ford Coppola’s film, One From the Heart.
It was Coppola himself who suggested Davis attend college. After graduating from Los Angeles City College, Davis built her reputation directing creative and edgy music videos for popular bands including Black Flag, Sonic Youth, and N.W.A.
She has directed eight films, her biggest commercial success being the 1995 film Billy Madison. In spite of receiving mostly scathing reviews, Billy Madison developed a cult following.