Nia DaCosta born in New York and raised in Harlem always knew she wanted to be a writer, but it wasn’t until she watched Apocalypse Now (1979) that she became interested in filmmaking. This led DaCosta to research 1970s film where she found inspiration in directors such as Martin Scorsese, Sidney Lumet, Steven Spielberg and Francis Ford Coppola.
Citing Scorsese as a top inspiration, DaCosta enrolled at his alma mater, New York University Tisch School of the Arts. There she met Scorsese while working as a TV production assistant.
After finishing school and working as a TV production assistant, DaCosta’s script for Little Woods was one of the 12 projects chosen for the 2015 Sundance Screenwriters and Directors Labs. She received recognition for her critically acclaimed crime thriller film Little Wood where she funded the film through Kickstarter with the help of 72 backers who eventually raised $5,100.
Nia Dacosta has been announced to be the director for Marvel’s Captain Marvel 2. This has made her become the fourth woman and the First Black woman to helm a Marvel film. The film is currently scheduled to open on July 8, 2022
In an interview with FF2 media, Dacosta stated the importance to her of telling the stories of “women…who are active” rather than passive figures in movies led by men.
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