Crayton Gerst (b. 1997, Dallas, TX) is a filmmaker based in Austin that works globally. He received his B.A. in Media Productions & African American Studies from the University of Houston and is a graduate candidate for the M.F.A. in Film & Media Production at the University of Texas at Austin. His work introduces new and eccentric narratives of the Black experience, engaging themes from history and fictionalized moments of an imagined future. Gerst's work is characterized as a visual understanding of the multiplicity of black life. He is often inspired by the ordinary lived experience of people observed in his travel around the world. Through his unique style and attention to detail, Gerst has grown his client base to include Nike, Complex, Kingsford, and more.