By Melissa Silverstein and Kerensa Cadenas | Women and Hollywood September 5, 2012 at 2:00PM
Nina Davenport received her B.A. in Visual Studies from Harvard. She has directed several documentaries Hello Photo, Always a Bridesmaid, Parallel Lines and Operation Filmmaker. First Comes Love is an HBO Documentary.
Davenport: An autobiographical film about my decision to have a baby on my own.
Davenport: I always appear as a character in my films, to one degree or another. In this film, I push the boundaries of honesty and self-exposure further than ever--including showing myself giving birth!
Davenport: I had made a film in 2000 called Always a Bridesmaid--about being a wedding videographer and wishing I were getting married myself--and this seemed like a perfect sequel. I thought to myself, I could I not make this film?!
Davenport: I think the issue is not only about basic gender discrimination--namely, the false notion that men are somehow more capable than women--but also that the male sensibility tends to dominate the landscape. And that's probably simply because there are more men in powerful positions, they like male-centric stuff, they choose it for festivals, etc. and then it has a trickle-down effect. But I don't know for sure, it's simply conjecture.