Award-winning Documentary Filmmaker and UMass Boston Alumnus Chico Colvard Spearheaded Film Series

Chico ColvardChico Colvard is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts Boston. In 1997 he received the John F. Kennedy Award, UMass Boston’s highest undergraduate award—recognizing academic achievement, outstanding service and citizenship—given annually at commencement. Chico received his JD from Boston College Law School. He is a film lecturer and the Founding Film Series Curator at the University of Massachusetts Boston. In 2012 he received the Distinguished Faculty Award for Academic Leadership and Outstanding Service to the Students at UMass Boston. His award-winning documentary, Family Affair, premiered at Sundance and has broadcast on the Oprah Winfrey Network: OWN and other cable channels around the world. He is a Sundance Creative Producing Fellow, Firelight Media Producing Fellow, and Filmmaker-in-Residence at WGBH. He has received funding from the Ford Foundation, LEF Moving Image Fund, Paul Robeson Fund for Independent Media, and Vital Projects Fund. He is a former moderator at DocYard, a bi-weekly documentary series at the Brattle Theatre in Harvard Square, a frequent guest speaker at colleges and universities, film festival panelist, and former juror at Full Frame, Silverdocs, and IFFBoston. His new film, Black Memorabilia, examines the subculture around the collectibles and antiques that serve as reminders of America’s troubled racial past and present. The film is also a portrait of the people who consume, manufacture and assume the identities of these objects.