As a student at the University of Massachusetts Boston, Chico Colvard received the highest honor the university bestows upon undergraduates, the John F. Kennedy Award for Academic Excellence and Community Service. Colvard has a JD from Boston College Law School and is an adjunct professor at UMass Boston, where he teaches courses on race, law, and the media. His award-winning film Family Affair, which premiered in competition at Sundance in 2010, was the first film acquired by Oprah Winfrey for her cable channel, OWN. The New York Times gave the film its Critics’ Pick, and the Boston Globe hailed it as “one of the most psychologically complex movies ever made about either racial identity or abuse of any kind.”
Colvard is a former filmmaker-in-residence at WGBH and a Sundance Institute Creative Producing Fellow. A frequent panelist at film festivals, he recently served as a juror at Full Frame, IFFBoston, and Silverdocs, and he is the current moderator of the DocYard film and discussion series at Cambridge’s Brattle Theatre. His new film, Black Memorabilia, is a character study of the people who manufacture, consume, and assume the identities of these objects.