Photo by Corinne de Korver
NINA DAVENPORT has been making feature-length documentary films since graduating from Harvard College in 1990, where her mentors were Robb Moss, Ross McElwee, and Robert Gardner. She grew up in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan and lives in Brooklyn, New York. Davenport’s films have all been to varying degrees autobiographical. Her first film, Hello Photo (1994), is a poetic and cinematic essay about her travels in India. It premiered at the Rotterdam International Film Festival and received many festival awards, including “Best Documentary” at Melbourne. Her second film, Always a Bridesmaid (2000) is a humorous and poignant account of her love-life (and is in fact the prequel to First Comes Love). It aired on HBO/Cinemax and on Channel Four’s “True Stories”. Davenport’s third feature documentary, Parallel Lines (2003) is a lyrical road movie about her journey from California back home to New York, in the aftermath of September 11th. It premiered at IDFA and aired on the BBC series “Storyville”. Her film Operation Filmmaker (2007) explored the relationship between filmmaker and subject, as it followed an Iraqi film student who traveled from war-torn Iraq to a Hollywood movie set. That film premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival and aired on the PBS series “Independent Lens”. First Comes Love is Davenport’s fifth feature documentary. To learn more about Nina go here.