Nia DaCosta (born November 8, 1989) in New York City, New York, is an American director and screenwriter. She is credited as the first African-American woman to have a film debut at number one upon opening weekend. She wrote and directed the crime thriller film Little Woods (2019), winning the Nora Ephron Prize at the Tribeca Film Festival. She also directed the horror film Candyman (2021). In August 2020, DaCosta was hired to direct The Marvels, becoming the youngest filmmaker to direct a Marvel film, beating the record set by Ryan Coogler.