Armed with a Canon EOS C100 and a passion for organization and detail, Leigh Davenport-deBoer produces, directs and films documentary, narrative and commercial videos in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Most notably, Leigh produced Summer Sacrament, a narrative feature directed by Lionel Desai which was accepted into the 2016 Cine+Mas San Francisco Latino Film Festival. Prior to that, Leigh completed the internship program at Citizen Film and earned a professional certificate from the San Francisco State University Digital Video Intensive in June 2014. She is a 2007 graduate of Stanford University with a B.A. in International Relations and a minor in Latin American studies.
Leigh named For Yolande Productions as a tribute to her late grandmother, Yolande Bradfield Davenport. Mrs. Davenport thrived as a psychiatric social worker in spite of the odds facing a Black woman born in Detroit in the 1920s. She earned a Master’s degree and in the 1960s, became one of the first Black professionals hired by the National Institute of Mental Heath. She rose to be chief of the unit on family studies. One can only imagine what she would have achieved had she been born in a different time. Leigh had a close relationship with her grandmother and truly felt like every time she accomplished something, Yolande shared in her achievement. For this reason, all of Leigh’s work is dedicated to her memory.
When she’s not filming, Leigh’s interests include knitting, social justice, ending mass incarceration and empowering youth with education and opportunities.