From Harvard Heavyweight Crew to the Boston Film Festival
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From Harvard Heavyweight Crew to the Boston Film Festival

Devin Adair, director of "Grace" (2018) and Harvard’s first female coxswain. Harvard alumna Devin Adair ’86 premiered her first feature film at the Boston Film Festival on Sept. 23. Adair’s “Grace” tells the story of a famous author, Charlie Ellison, struggling with writer’s block until a writer named Dawn enters his life. Audiences are privy to Dawn and Ellison’s respective stories as they grapple with their art, the publishing industry, and their relationship. Already, “Grace” and Adair claimed the Best First Time Director award at the London Independent Film Awards. Before leading her film to success, Adair led Harvard Varsity Men’s Heavyweight Crew to a victory against Yale as the first ever female coxswain on the team. Adair compares her experience in the male-dominated sport to her experience trying to break into the film industry post-Harvard. “Being on the men’s [crew] team at Harvard was a lot easier than being a woman in entertainment,” Adair said. “In crew, I was accepted because I was talented. No one really cared whether I was a man or woman. It was a much more pure environment than film, where it is very relationship-based and subjective.” Expectedly, crew and entertainment are completely different […]

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