Crayton Gerst


MFA Production Student

Crayton Gerst is an Austin-based writer, director, and producer. In 2021, he graduated from the University of Houston with a B.A. in Media Productions & African American Studies. While at UH, he received the "College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences Dean's Award" to direct the documentary film Digital Kenya, which follows the development of the tech industry and gig economy in Nairobi & Mombasa, Kenya.

Crayton is currently pursuing his MFA in Film & Television Production from The University of Texas at Austin. A member of the inaugural class to obtain a degree in black studies from the University of Houston, Crayton directed Lynn, a film about the first black homecoming queen at the university, which was selected for the BAFTA Student Awards Shortlist. He is directing To Give, a UT pre-thesis level graduate film about the responsibility of caregivers.

Crayton’s work introduces new narratives of the black experience engaging themes from the past and imagined futures. He is focused on telling strong narratives that explore the multiplicity of black life.