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TIFF Preview: Women Directors to Watch

Women and Hollywood By Melissa Silverstein and Kerensa Cadenas | Women and Hollywood September 5, 2012 at 2:00PM

The Toronto Film Festival launches tomorrow and there are women directors all over the lineup. We reached out to a couple of directors whose careers are on the way up (we will have some of our masters for you tomorrow) and asked them to answer a couple of questions as the Festival kicks off. I will try and see as many films as possible over the 8 days in Toronto. Please follow me on twitter @melsil and/or follow Women and Hollywood on Facebook for updates throughout the day.
"First Comes Love"
"First Comes Love"

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 FilmmakerFirst 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.

This article is related to: Toronto Film Festival, Women Directors, Women Writers, Shola Lynch, Gauri Shinde , Nina Davenport, Catriona McKenzie, Treva Wurmfeld, Ramaa Mosley

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