Nina Davenport

Nina Davenport

Actor, Director, Writer, Producer


Nina Davenport is an American film director, producer, writer, and editor. She has received numerous awards for her work, including the National Board of Review's Best Documentary Award for her film First Comes Love.

Davenport was born and raised in New York City. She attended Oberlin College in Ohio, where she studied theater and filmmaking. She went on to earn an MFA in filmmaking from the California Institute of the Arts.

Davenport's first feature film, First Comes Love, debuted at the South by Southwest Film Festival in 1996. The film follows the lives of a married couple, their children, and their journey to adopt a child. The film was a success, and Davenport was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at the festival.

Davenport has since directed two more feature films, Operator (2016) and The Baby Dance (2020). In addition, she has directed a number of documentaries, including The Devil Never Sleeps (2006) and The Wayshower (2011).

In addition to her filmmaking career, Davenport has also written and edited a number of books. She has written a memoir, My First Movie (2004), and edited the anthology Women on the Edge (2008).

Davenport has won numerous awards for her work, including the National Board of Review's Best Documentary Award for First Comes Love. Her films have also screened at many film festivals, including the Toronto International Film Festival and the Berlin International Film Festival.

Davenport is an outspoken advocate for women's rights and has been a vocal supporter of the #MeToo movement. She is also an active member of the Directors Guild of America and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Nina Davenport is an accomplished and influential filmmaker who has made an impact in the world of independent cinema. Her unique vision and dedication to her art have earned her many awards and accolades. Through her films, Davenport has proven that she is a powerful storyteller with a passion for telling stories that have meaning.