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Film: BLACK MEMORABILIA (Work-In-Progress screening)

Film: BLACK MEMORABILIA (Work-In-Progress screening)
Followed by live Skype Q&A with filmmaker Chico Colvard Wednesday, October 19th 7:30pm
SPACE Gallery | 538 Congress St, Portland | (207) 828.5600
Doors open at 7:00pm | Film begins at 7:30pm
Admission: Free to the public Sponsored by the Jean Byers Sampson Center for Diversity in Maine SYNOPSIS:
At the intersection of international commerce, racial identity, and historical narrative, BLACK MEMORABILIA follows the propagation of demeaning representations of African Americans. From industrial China to the rural American south to contemporary Brooklyn, we observe the people and places that reproduce, consume and reclaim black memorabilia. This work-in-progress documentary takes us on a journey into the material culture of racialized artifacts and confronts us with the incendiary features of these objects. It also disrupts any comfortable notions about narrative – and calls into question who gets to tell what stories, and why – by revealing the storytelling machinations and Chico Colvard’s participation as an African American filmmaker. In the midst of roiling ethnic unrest in the US today, the film’s confrontation of our feelings about these objects strikes at the heart of a pressing contemporary issue and opens a unique dialogue about the continuing legacy of racism in America.

Followed by live video chat with filmmaker Chico Colvard.

Chico Colvard is an educator. His academic work focuses on the intersection between race, law and media. He is the founding curator of the UMass Boston Film Series. Colvard is also a filmmaker. His award-winning film, FAMILY AFFAIR, premiered in competition at Sundance and was the first film acquired by Oprah Winfrey for her cable channel OWN. The film has screened at festivals and broadcast on TV around the world. Colvard is a former filmmaker-in-residence at WGBH Boston, a Flaherty Fellow, Firelight Media Producing Fellow and Sundance Creative Producing Fellow. He has received support from ITVS, HBO, FORD Foundation, LEF Moving Image Fund, Vital Projects Fund, and Impact Partners. He is a frequent panelist, moderator and juror at film festivals. He also is often invited as a guest-lecturer and speaker at colleges and universities.

Presented with the Jean Byers Sampson Center for Diversity in Maine.  The Samson Center is part of Special Collections at the University of Southern Maine. We are located on the 6th floor of Glickman Library on the Portland campus. The Sampson Center collects material from individuals and organizations documenting the ongoing histories of diverse communities. Current collections represent the African American, Jewish, and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender communities. The Center promotes diversity and civil rights through research, education, and community engagement. With additional support from the Maine NAACP Portland Branch.