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Nina Davenport returns to town for ‘First Comes Love’

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Documentary filmmaker Nina Davenport lives in New York but says that Boston still feels like home. She moved here in 1985 to attend Harvard and stuck around until 1999. And every time she makes a movie, she brings it to the Harvard Film Archive. “I have a lot of friends here still — and the faculty at Harvard who I’m still close with.” On Thursday night at 7, Davenport will visit the Archive to screen her latest doc, “First Comes Love,” which follows her decision to have a baby before meeting a partner. It debuted at the Toronto International Film Festival, and was picked up by HBO, which also aired her previous autobiographical doc, “Always a Bridesmaid.” Davenport says “Love” is often billed as the story of a single parent, but it’s also about the loss of her mother, her relationship with her dad, and the role of good friends in family life. “It’s about the universal experience. Becoming a parent and how. What it’s like to lose a parent. It’s about so many things. The single mother [angle] is really just the hook and the excuse.” Asked whether she’ll make another doc about herself, Davenport said “probably” — but not now. “I don’t want the next one to be personal. First of all, it’s just very hard. And from a career point of view it’s not the best approach.” That said, Davenport will be happy to get personal at the local screening Thursday. The film premieres on HBO on July 29.

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