Nina Davenport’s first film, Hello Photo, completed in 1995 and funded by Harvard University’s Film Study Center, depicts her travels throughout India. While editing the film, she worked as a teaching assistant in the filmmaking program at Harvard, where she studied as an undergraduate. Premiering at Rotterdam, the film won numerous awards at festivals, including “Best Documentary” from Melbourne, Australia, “Outstanding Independent Film” from the New England Film & Video Festival and “Best Cinematography” from Cork, Ireland.
Davenport’s second film, Always a Bridesmaid, premiered in 2000 on HBO/Cinemax Reel Life and on Channel Four’s True Stories in the United Kingdom. A feature-length, personal documentary shot on 16mm, Always a Bridesmaid has aired in numerous other countries, and is distributed on video by Docurama/New Video. Davenport is the recipient of many grants, including a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. She works as a producer and camera person on many television shows, including NBC’s Crime & Punishment, Bravo’s The ‘IT’ Factor and PBS’ Art Close Up. She shoots and edits all of her films, and is currently finishing her fourth film, Los Pericos, about a mariachi duo in Mexico. Davenport grew up in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan and lives in New York City.