Black Memorabilia

Black Memorabilia


About the Film

Black Memorabilia explores the world of racist material, both antique and newly produced, that propagate demeaning representations of African Americans. From industrial China to the rural South to Brooklyn, the film shines a light on those who reproduce, consume and reclaim racially-charged items, from banks to Mammy kitchenware, confederate flags, Nazi insignia and other ephemera. MORE

Black Memorabilia asks the provocative questions: When are objects immoral, and when is it right or wrong to possess them? Does historic value supersede offensiveness? At times uncomfortable and often unexpected, Black Memorabilia is a thought-provoking, stimulating addition to our nation’s ongoing conversations about how we think and talk about race.


The Filmmaker

Chico Colvard teaches race, law and media-related courses in Boston. The Founding Curator of the UMB Film Series, he is also 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 and screened at festivals and aired on TV stations around the world. Colvard is a two-time Sundance Fellow, WGBH Filmmaker-in-Residence, Firelight Media Fellow, and Flaherty Fellow and is a frequent guest speaker, moderator, festival panelist, and juror. LESS

Film Credits

Written | Directed | Produced by
Chico Colvard

Producer
Madison O’Leary

Executive Producer
Sally Jo Fifer
Lois Vossen

Supervising Producer
Amy Shatsky

Editor
Hannah Buck
Chico Colvard

Additional Editing
Siobhan Dunne
Khary Jones
Sauli Pillay

Assistant Editor
iLan Azoulai
Rachel Darke

Production Assistant
Minhae Shim

China Field Producer
Richard Liang

Translation
Jinhui Xu
Jian Fu

Voiceover
Jian Fu

Animation and Graphics
Maya Erdelyi
Daniel Rowe

Advisors
Heidi Ewing
Keiko Deguchi
Robb Moss
Stanley Nelson

New York Location Edit
Carl Deal & Tia Lessin
Cameron Yates & Philipp Engelhorn

Camera
Chico Colvard

Additional Camera
Richard Liang
Sauli Pillay
Daniel Roth
John Larson
Laura Checkoway

Post-Production Facility
Modulus Studios

Locations
Assumption College
Brimfield Flea Market
NAACP Sampson Center and Space Gallery
National Black Memorabilia, Art, Doll & Collectible Show
Shijiazhuang Cast Iron Products Company
University of Southern Maine African American Collection

Archival Materials Provided by
The Richard Balzer Collection

Additional Materials Provided by
Al Jazeera
Alamy
AP Images
California Newsreel
Cat’s World
Change
Curt Teich & Co.
Design Institute
Diane Arbus
Die Antwoord - Downtown Records
Don Sturkey 1964– North Carolina Collection, University North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Dragon Ball
Emily Singh
Etsy
Flit Co.
Getty Images
Graham W. Smith
Haji Firuz
Hana Pama
Icollecter
Jezebel
Joshua Balinger
Ken Padgett
King Rose Archives
Laura Elkins
Marina Watanabe
Mark Steven Greenfield
Mark Anstendig
Michael Dixon
Michael Ray Charles
Michael Sogn
Notre Cinema
Oddball Films
People
PinImg
Popular Science
Public Resource Organization
Randy McNally & Co.
Sally Edelstein
Salon
Sander Van Der Wel
Sean Jacobes
Shutterstock
Silver Screen Collection
Slate
South Carolina Department of Archives and History
Suzana Carvalho
Syracuse University “Blackout”
The Syracuse Peace Council
Time
Tom & Jerry Co.
Tom Wren
Valerie Mosley
VICE – Dave Schilling
Walter Lantz Productions
Yolanda Dulche
Yoshihiro Nishimura & Naoyuki Tomomatsu
ZAM Magazine

Thanks for the Inspiration
Marlon Riggs and Ethnic Notions

Special Thanks
Khalik Allah
Al Peter Bailey
Dick Balzer & Patti Bellinger
Matthew Black
Maria Agui Carter
Neil Castronovo
Yung Chang
Line Clervil
Jon Courtney
Rachel Dalo
Daniel Day
Shatovia Devonish
Ellen DiMurzo
Lewis Erskine
Beverly Flowers
William Flowers
Warren Harold
Angie Harold
Kevin Harris
Jim Hession
Bill Hickman
Calvin Hill
Tiffany Huggins
Lindsey Johnson
Jay Johnson
Simon Kilmurry
Tasha Klusmann
Roger Lewis
Jan Lindenberger
Steve Maing
Job McCoy
Terence Nance
William O’Neill
Jonathan Oppenheimer
Heather Owen
Alexander Paraschos
Luther Pinckney
Judy Posner
Bonnie Rosenbaum
Pete Rousseau
Virginia Ryan
Jessie Scanlon
Aleksander Scully-Hill
Susan Scully-Hill
Tommie Shelby
Joy Shivar
George Shivar
Melanie Shortall
Alexandria Smith
Valerie Stephens
Cameron Stetz
Marilisa Strand
Stanley Swann, III
Rachel Talbot
Shirley Tang
David Teague
Jian Tsien
Jay Walbert
Ashlee Wolf
Herbert Woodard, III
Jeremiah Zagar

Fiscal Sponsor
Center for Independent Documentary

Funding Provided by
Sundance Institute Documentary Film Program
LEF Foundation

Original Series Funding Provided by
The Corporation for Public Broadcasting
John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
Wyncote Foundation
The National Endowment for the Arts

BLACK MEMORABILIA is a co-production of C-LINEFILMS, LLC and INDEPENDENT TELEVISION SERVICE (ITVS), with funding provided by the CORPORATION FOR PUBLIC BROADCASTING.

This program was produced by C-LINEFILMS, LLC which is solely responsible for its content.

20018 © C-LINEFILMS, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

When do you think objects can become immoral, and when is it right or wrong to possess them? Has anyone in your family ever collected racially charged antiques and how did you feel about them? Is there a place where it's important enough for history to keep these objects around?

AWARDS

  • Atlanta Film Festival
    Jury Award (Nominee)
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When do you think objects can become immoral, and when is it right or wrong to possess them? Has anyone in your family ever collected racially charged antiques and how did you feel about them? Is there a place where it's important enough for history to keep these objects around?