Colvard’s feature-length film documents his family’s struggle with abuse and its complex family dynamic, beginning with an incident in which the filmmaker accidentally shot his sister in the leg at the age of 10. Thirty years later, Colvard sets out to break the veil of silence and attempt to understand the cycle of abuse that has engulfed his family.
This is Colvard’s first documentary.
Family Affair made the festival rounds, screening at the Sundance Film Festival, Hot Docs, Full Frame, Silverdocs and IDA DocuWeeks, and picked up awards at the Atlanta Film Festival, Independent Film Festival in Boston, and others. It was announced as the first film selected for the OWN Documentary Club back in 2010, prior to the network’s January 2011 launch.
Colvard graduated from UMass Boston in 1997 with a degree in philosophy and political science. He won the John F. Kennedy Award, the university’s highest undergraduate honor, at commencement that year. He teaches courses on race, law, and the media at UMass Boston, and presented at the university’s IDEAS Boston conference in October 2011.
To learn more about the documentary, visit the C-Line Films website.