C-LineFilms is an (in)dependent storytelling group committed to social justice documentaries. Our work screens globally at festivals, museums, broadcasts and online platforms. C-LineFilms has garnered industry support from Sundance, Ford Foundation, LEF Moving Image Fund, HBO, PBS’s Independent Lens, ITVS, Oprah Winfrey (OWN), Firelight Media, Flaherty, WGBH, POV’s AmericaReframed and other partners. C-LineFilms serve as Educational Outreach Coordinators, Storytelling Consultants and producers on various projects. Our team often take part in college/university speaking engagements, and participate as moderators, festival panelists and jurors. Stay tuned for exciting news about upcoming projects.
C-LineFilms is committed to a broad spectrum of educational outreach and engagement opportunities throughout North America and overseas. Our aim is to partner with college/universities, libraries, grassroots organizations and community allies to raise awareness, provoke meaningful conversations, stimulate syllabi and enhance professional development around the material culture of black memorabilia. C-LineFilms welcomes the opportunity to work with you to develop a narrowly tailored outreach event that meets your goals.
“At 10 years old, Chico Colvard shot his older sister in the leg. This seemingly random act detonated a chain reaction that exposed unspeakable realities and shattered his family.
Thirty years later, Colvard ruptures veils of secrecy and silence again. As he bravely visits his relatives, what unfolds is a personal film that’s as uncompromising, raw, and cathartic as any in the history of the medium."
- Sundance Review
BLACK MEMORABILIA moves beyond perverse attractions and absolute objections to collectibles and antiques that serve as reminders of America’s troubled racial history. The film combats a set of generalized stereotypes by presenting an intimate and poetic portrait of the people who consume, manufacture and assume the identities of these objects.
THE CALL, examines the impact of weaponized 911 calls in today’s new Jim Crow.
Chico Colvard teaches Race, Law and Media related courses in the Boston area. He was the Founding Curator of the UMB Film Series. Chico is the founding member of C-LineFilms, which produces short and long form documentaries as well as online commercial content. His feature doc, FAMILY AFFAIR, premiered in competition at Sundance and was the first film acquired by Oprah Winfrey for her cable channel, OWN. The film streamed on Netflix, iTunes and other online outlets. The film screened at festivals and aired on TV stations around the world. He is a two-time Sundance Fellow, WGBH Filmmaker-in-Residence, Firelight Media Fellow, and Flaherty Fellow. Chico is a frequent guest speaker, moderator, festival panelist and juror. His recent film, BLACK MEMORABILIA examines the manufacturing, consumption and reclamation of these objects. The film premiered at MoMA and screens at festivals and museums nationally and internationally.
Madison O’Leary is a Boston-based producer. She received her BA in Communications from UMass Amherst. After working around the country as a Trauma and Abuse Counselor in federal prisons, she came on to work as an Assistant Producer and Researcher on FAMILY AFFAIR (Sundance, 2010). She worked as a Producer on BLACK MEMORABILIA (MoMA 2018) and currently heads-up operations at C-LineFilms, LLC.