Adam Davenport

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Adam Davenport (born May 27, 1984) is an American film director, screenwriter and stage director.



At 15, Davenport wote a short story titled Home which was published in the anthology Looking Inward, for which he was presented with an Award of Achievement by former President George Bush, Sr. in 1999.[1] He is also a two-time National NAACP ACT-SO Competition gold medal winner for Colors of the Rainbow (2000) when he was a junior at Marian Catholic High School,[2] and for Blood at the Root: The Legacy of Billy Holiday's Strange Fruit (2001) when a senior.



Davenport's short film Midnight Son, which he made as his thesis project while an undergraduate at Yale University, became the recipient of the Panavision New Filmmaker Award, a distinction shared by the first films of Steven Soderbergh, Paul Thomas Anderson and Jared Hess.[3] Made by Davenport when he was twenty-one years old, the project was photographed by Clint Eastwood's cinematographer Tom Stern and starred Academy Award winner Melissa Leo, Jack Mulcahy and Tony nominee David Harbour.[4]

In 2010, Davenport founded the production company First Lady Films with Leo.[5] He will make his feature debut with a big screen adaptation of John Kaye's novel The Dead Circus.[6]

Future projects[edit]

Davenport is preparing to mount a stage revival of Eugene O'Neill's Long Day's Journey Into Night with an all-black cast starring Alfre Woodard.[3] A production of the classic O'Neill play has only been staged once before with an all African-American cast, in 1982 with Earle Hyman, Ruby Dee, Thommie Blackwell and Peter Francis-James.[7]



Awards and nominations[edit]


  1. ^ Sandra Del Re (2 September 1999). "George Bush congratulates teen on literary honor". Daily Herald. Retrieved March 27, 2011. 
  2. ^ Jolene Evans (August 24, 2000). "William Simpson’s admonitions, and a legacy for today’s students" (PDF). The Star (Chicago newspaper). William Simpson Essay Scholarship Foundation. p. 3. Retrieved March 27, 2011. 
  3. ^ a b Film Independent (June 1, 2011). "FIND Talent Guide::Adam Davenport". Film Independent. Retrieved March 23, 2011. 
  4. ^ Unknown. "Midnight Son". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved March 24, 2011. 
  5. ^ "First Lady Films IMDb Page". IMDb. 
  6. ^ Jay A. Fernandez (March 3, 2011). "What Oscar Winners Are Doing Next". Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved March 3, 2011. 
  7. ^ Unknown. "Long Day's Journey Into Night". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved March 23, 2011. 
  8. ^ "Adam Davenport". IMDB. Retrieved March 28, 2011. 
  9. ^ "ACT-SO: Everyone is a winner". BNET. Retrieved March 28, 2011. 

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