March 19 – 30
At Tower City
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Run Time: 105 minutes
When director Nina Davenport found herself single and childless in her early 40s, she set sail on a journey of becoming a single mother in New York City. And FIRST COMES LOVE is an intimate and in-depth look at the struggles and joys of her passage to motherhood. Raised by a traditonal father who favored her two older brothers, Nina clung to the all-accepting love of her mother whose death left a void Nina seems destined to fill with her own motherly instincts. With the help of her best friend (also single, 40, and childless) and the sperm donation of her gay friend Eric, Nina chronicles her journey as she faces the opposition of her father, brothers, and society to become a single mother. FIRST COMES LOVE is an incredible and vulnerable look at a woman’s search for meaning, documented in the autobiographical style that Nina has mastered in her earlier films. Touching and warm, it’s a courageous portrait of a woman’s quest to redefine family for herself. – T.W.
Wednesday, April 10, 2013 at 8:30 PM
Thursday, April 11, 2013 at 4:00 PM
Women of the World
Recommended for High School +
Nesnadny + Schwartz Documentary Film Competition
ReelWomenDirect Award for Excellence in Directing by a Woman
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On an Open Road to Motherhood
Raised in Detroit, Michigan, Nina Davenport received her B.A. in Visual Studies from Harvard University and now lives in Brooklyn, New York.
"Hello Photo" (1995), "Always a Bridesmaid" (2000), "Parallel Lines" (2004), "Operation Filmmaker" (2007), FIRST COMES LOVE (2012)
Day and KNIGHT in Akron
Join us for a full day of CIFF38 programming in Akron on Thursday, March 27th!
Cleveland Foundation Community Day at the CIFF38
Enjoy a FREE day at the Festival, courtesy of The Cleveland Foundation on Monday, March 24th