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Engaging new documentary about a 41-year-old woman’s adventure into single parenthood.
Engaging new documentary about a 41-year-old woman’s adventure into single parenthood.
288 backers pledged $32,225 to help bring this project to life.

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"Filmmaker Nina Davenport fearlessly puts her dreams, doubts, swollen stomach, and disheveled life in front of the camera for our viewing pleasure and captures an unflinching, often hilarious, and unusually moving portrait of single parenthood in the 21st century." - Orlando Sentinel

VILLAGE VOICE REVIEW

Nina Davenport Births a Son -- And a Great Doc by Alan Scherstuhl "Wise, warm, funny, open, and more interested in life as it's actually lived than any other film to debut to this summer" Full Review: http://bit.ly/141F2pL

NEW GOAL

WOW! We met the goal yesterday while I was driving up to Cambridge for a screening of FIRST COMES LOVE at the Harvard Film Archive, Amazing! And what's more amazing, it's still going up! We've reset our goal at $33,000.  The money will go to the same cause, but we'll be able to hire more and better people.  (For example, I've been speaking with someone who worked as a producer on the documentary The Business of Being Born and is now working on grass roots marketing of another successful documentary, BIrth Story). So do not worry that your money would go anywhere but right back into getting people aware of this film!  Documentaries are the best films on Earth, in my opinion.  But they are also money drains!

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR DONATIONS!!  I am staggered.

Look out for the New York Times review of FIRST COMES LOVE on July 24th and please continue to spread the word about Kickstarter--we only have 4 days left!

xoxo,

NINA

SYNOPSIS

First comes love, then comes marriage, then comes baby in the baby carriage. For Nina Davenport, the nursery rhyme didn’t go as planned. Still single at age 41, she decides to have a baby on her own–or rather, with the help of her best friend Amy as birth partner and her gay friend Eric as  sperm donor. We see how the process of baby making affects each of their lives profoundly and in surprising ways. The film taps into the zeitgeist topic of how the modern family is being re-imagined.

THE GOAL

FIRST COMES LOVE has been touring the world at film festivals and will soon open to a wider audience – first at New York City’s IFC Center (on July 24th) and then on HBO (starting on July 29th at 9pm).  Independent films have a very small window to sink or swim these days–and it's especially challenging for documentaries. I'd like to capitalize on all the reviews and publicity FIRST COMES LOVE will get as a launching pad to book it in more venues across the country: including indie theaters, art houses, museums, college campuses, and women's organizations. 

The promotional efforts leading up to the IFC premiere will be critical in this regard. If audiences turn out for the opening weekend, the film will get extended for a second week, and then it'll be much more likely to get booked in other venues. That's why it's crucial to have the right distribution team in place now.  With your support, I can begin the work of bringing FIRST COMES LOVE to venues in cities and towns across the country.

ABOUT SELF-DISTRIBUTION

FIRST COMES LOVE is my fifth feature-length documentary and I've made the decision this time to self-distribute. I've worked with many distributors in the past, and I'm just not sure that these traditional models of distribution work for filmmakers. (See Exhibit A!)

Exhibit A: Royalty Check for $17.79
Exhibit A: Royalty Check for $17.79

I believe that Kickstarter and self-distribution promise a better way forward for independent filmmakers, such as myself--one that eliminates the so-called "middle-man" and lets audiences (YOU!) get directly involved with projects they believe in. 

Distributing a documentary film is a lot like raising a child: it takes a village and it's incredibly hard. As a filmmaker and single mom, I feel it's especially important for me to assemble a good team to help distribute this film.  

WHY SUPPORT THIS FILM?

I made this film because I wanted to share my personal story, which I think is the story of many women of my generation. I’ve seen so many women wrestling with the issue of their biological clocks and experiencing emotional turmoil as a result. 

In 2000, I made a film called Always a Bridesmaid, about my love life, and became somewhat known for it.  So when I found myself contemplating having a baby on my own, I realized I was in some ways the perfect person to tell this story.  It just so happens as well, that FIRST COMES LOVE is a perfect sequel to ALWAYS A BRIDESMAID.  In BRIDESMAID, I'm a videographer wanting to get married (and dating a guy who can't commit).  Lo and behold, I didn't get married and ended up having a baby on my own!

According to a recent Pew poll, 2 in 5 women would consider becoming single mothers--so I think the audience for this film is huge! However, every documentary faces an uphill battle when it comes to finding its audience. I think it's even harder for films by and about women. 

I hope you'll help spread the word about FIRST COMES LOVE!

HOW YOUR PLEDGE WILL HELP

The goal is to raise $25,000. These funds would allow me to:

  • cover costs for the IFC premiere
  • launch a grassroots / social media outreach campaign

  • hire a booker to get the film screened at more venues across the country + a publicist to help promote them

  • create publicity materials, including posters, postcards, flyers, t-shirts, and onesies

  • assemble street teams to hand out flyers + help us promote local screenings

  • pay for outstanding legal fees, including E&O insurance, to clear our theatrical premiere

CAN WE EXCEED THE GOAL?

Yes! If we exceed our goal, we can use the additional funds to get the film out to more theaters and even more communities.

HOW CAN I HELP SPREAD THE WORD?

  • Write or blog about the film

  • “SHARE,” “TWEET,” or “EMBED” our video located at the top of this page

  • Sign up for our newsletter and forward it to your family and friends

  • “LIKE” us on Facebook

  • Contact us about sponsoring a screening of the film in your community

  • Help us reach out to all the women out there who are or want to be single moms!

CAN I MAKE A TAX-DEDUCTIBLE DONATION?

Yes! You can make a tax-deductible donation through our fiscal sponsor Incite Pictures using the following link: http://www.incite-pictures.com/fiscal-sponsorship/

WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING ABOUT THE FILM

“It is a story that anyone can relate to because it deals with the basic human relationships: mother and son, daughter and father, husband and wife. Its best moments deal with universal truths.” Andrew Coffin, Examiner.com

“Film is her life, and the art of one helps her understand the complexities of the other.” Sarah Hampson, The Globe and Mail

“Davenport, an accomplished and acclaimed documentary filmmaker, uses guerilla tactics of the self in her new movie, and succeeds fearlessly, triumphantly, and often with impeccable comic timing.” Susanna Sonnenberg, Mamalode magazine

See our Press Page for more reviews

FOR MORE INFORMATION

Check out our website and trailer at: www.firstcomeslovemovie.com

Contact us at info@firstcomeslovemovie.com

We’re also on:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/firstcomeslovemovie

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Nina_Davenport

Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZIpXuPY2RLU

REWARDS

NEW! American Apparel Onesie (Blue & Pink). 100% organic cotton, water-based ink -- smooth as a newborn baby. Designed by Missy O'Gara.
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Risks and challenges

The only risk we foresee is that it will be difficult to get bookings for the film--but welcome to the life of a documentary filmmaker, where every step of the way is challenging! The only thing harder than distributing a documentary is making a documentary--and that part of it, thankfully, is done, and proves we have what it takes to do this. Also, the response to the film so far has been so overwhelmingly positive that we're confident we can achieve our goal.

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    STORY TIME: signed copy of the new book “American Ethnographic and Personal Documentary” which includes a fascinating behind-the-scenes look at Nina's documentary "Operation Filmmaker" (pictured below) + Home Video DVD of Operation Filmmaker

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    ALL MY CHILDREN: The Complete Nina Davenport Film Collection: "Hello Photo," "Parallel Lines," Operation Filmmaker," "Always a Bridesmaid," and "First Come Love"

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    BABY TALK: Personal Skype with Nina. Chat about First Comes Love, film making, single motherhood, or anything else! She’s all yours for 20 minutes. You’ll also get a signed copy of the Home DVD + T-Shirt + a personal thanks from Nina for your support!

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    COLORING TIME: Original artwork by Jasper Davenport!

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    THE PLAYDATE: meet Nina & a cast member for DINNER in NYC! you choose the cuisine, we’ll choose the place. (travel costs not included) + Tickets to a screening in NYC + T-Shirt + Home DVD

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    THE BOOSTER SEAT: Associate Producer credit in the theatrical and DVD versions of the film (pledge by July 9 to make it into the theatrical version) + 2 VIP TICKETS to the opening-night screening and Q&A at the IFC Center in NYC + invitation to the opening-night party (travel costs not included) + the official DVD upon its release

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    CHILD’S PLAY: Jasper’s favorite plaything (or at least Nina’s) that's featured in the film and at the end of the trailer. Made by a Danish toy company. Don’t worry, Jasper outgrew it a long time ago! Don’t let him down guys!

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