Competition Documentary Features
First Comes Love
DIRECTED BY NINA DAVENPORT
USA, 2012, 105 min
Love—marriage—baby in a carriage. It’s a nice rhyme, but reality is rarely so simple. When the biological clock of filmmaker Nina Davenport (Operation Filmmaker, FFF 2008) starts pounding, she opts for husband-free procreation, assisted by a village of urban sophisticates who seem to know pregnancy and parenting about as well as they do farming. Still, like an Amish barn-raising, everybody chips in—from the gay friend serving as sperm donor to the boyfriends roped into babysitting. Despite the mostly neurotic and self-absorbed nature of this crew, all are transformed by the little one’s arrival and his incessant needs (one of the most charming subplots is watching these grownups actually grow up and take responsibility for someone other than themselves). In the spirit of her mentor Ross McElwee (Sherman’s March), Davenport fearlessly puts her dreams, doubts, swollen stomach, and disheveled life in front of the camera for our viewing pleasure. In doing so, she captures an unflinching, often hilarious, and unusually moving portrait of single parenthood in the 21st century.
DIRECTED BY CYRUS DOWLATSHAHI
USA, 2012, 2.5 MIN
EAST COAST PREMIERE/2ND US SHOWING
Eight men trapped on a train are in need of sustenance. They have a cell phone, the number of a pizza joint, and a 30 second delivery window. Oh yes, they can.