About this project
"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
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!
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.
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.
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!)
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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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.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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