Tuesday, October 24
Lecture"Listen Carefully: The Documentary Interview"
3:30-5:15pm: Noble Lounge
Nina will discuss strategies and techniques for capturing the most compelling footage possible of your documentary film subjects, citing examples from a variety of filmmakers and documentary styles. How can you use your location to your advantage? What is the best camera angle and lighting? How do you create a sense of trust and intimacy with a total stranger? When should you talk and when is it best to just listen? 


 has made five critically acclaimed feature-length documentaries that have playing at major international festivals and been broadcast around the world. 
Nina’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. First Comes Love premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2012 and on HBO in 2013.