Chico Colvard

Chico Colvard is the founder of C-LineFilms and Assistant Professor of Cinema Studies at Massachusetts College of Art & Design. He is the former Founding Curator of the UMass Boston Film Series, where he taught race, law and media related courses for 15 years. His award-winning feature FAMILY AFFAIR premiered in competition at Sundance and was the first film acquired by Oprah Winfrey for OWN. His recent film BLACK MEMORABILIA premiered at MoMA and aired on PBS’ Independent Lens. His work has streamed online and shown at festivals, colleges, universities and museums around the world.

He is a Guggenheim Fellow, two-time Sundance Fellow, WGBH Filmmaker-in-Residence, Firelight Media Fellow, and Flaherty Fellow. Chico is a frequent guest speaker, moderator, festival panelist and film industry juror. He has served as an advisor on dozens of features and shorts, including Oscar Nominated EDITH + EDDIE and Emmy Award winning DAWNLAND. He recently produced ON THESE GROUNDS (SXSW, 2021) and is directing his third feature THE CALL, which examines weaponized 911 calls in America. He recently directed an MTV/Firelight Media episodic piece about Shadrach Minkins and the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850.


Family Affair

Program Affiliation

Documentary Lab
Spark Fund

Cohort Year

2010 (Documentary Lab)
2022 (Spark Fund)


Documentary Lab
Spark Fund

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