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The UMass Boston FIlm Series's fall season opens with Breaking a Monster on Thursday, October 1.
September 25, 2015

UMass Boston Film Series Expands to Two More Locations; Largest Slate Yet


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Film Series Kicks Off Seventh Season on Thursday, October 1

This season of the UMass Boston Film Series promises to be its biggest yet.

Curator and UMass Boston alumnus Chico Colvard ’97 has teamed up with The DocYard and the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) to present Boston premieres at both the Institute of Contemporary Art (on October 3) and the Brattle Theatre (on November 30).  Six other Boston premieres will be shown on the UMass Boston campus, in the Campus Center Ballroom, starting Thursday, October 1.

“I believe partnerships like the ones with the DocYard and ICA help build an invested interest in the social, cultural, and political significance of the great films we’re fortunate enough to attract to the city of Boston,” Colvard said.

The film UMass Boston and the DocYard are cosponsoring at the Brattle Theatre in Harvard Square is Frame by Frame, which follows photojournalists in Taliban-ruled Afghanistan. Colvard reached out to filmmakers Alexandria Bombach and Mo Scarpelli around the same time that DocYard co-founders Sara Archambault and Ben Fowlie, who Colvard met through his film Family Affair, expressed interest.

The film that will be shown at the ICA is Here Come the Videofreex, which focuses on the advent of community access television, which grew out of a necessity for the marginalized to have a voice and place in politics and art. As with Frame by Frame, you had two collaborating organizations interested in showing the same film, so partnering just made sense.

“As a film programmer, I feel it is my duty to partner with other like-minded individuals and organizations to better serve the public, film industry, and UMass Boston community,” Colvard said. “I look forward to continuing to develop these partnerships and alliances and encourage others to do the same.”

There is an admission fee for the two off-campus films. All of the on-campus films are free. Both on- and off-campus films will be followed by Q&A sessions with the filmmakers.

Here is the full lineup, also available at

Thursday, October 1, 7 p.m., UMass Boston
Breaking a Monster follows the 13-year-old members of the band Unlocking the Truth as they first encounter stardom.

Saturday, October 3, 7 p.m., Institute for Contemporary Art
Here Come the Videofreex tells the story of the most radical video collective of the 1960s and 70s.

Thursday, November 5, 7 p.m., UMass Boston
What Happened, Miss Simone? is a documentary about the life and legend Nina Simone, an American singer, pianist, and civil rights activist labeled the "High Priestess of Soul."

Thursday, November 12, 7 p.m., UMass Boston
As she approaches her wedding day, in From This Day Forward, director Sharon Shattuck asks her parents how they stayed together even after her Dad came out as transgender.

Thursday, November 19, 7 p.m., UMass Boston
In Tocando la Luz, three blind women from Havana, Cuba confront their heartbreaks and hopes, and navigate their desires for personal independence.

Monday, November 30, 7 p.m., The Brattle Theatre, Cambridge
After decades of war and an oppressive Taliban regime, four Afghan photojournalists face the realities of building a free press in a country left to stand on its own in Frame by Frame.

Thursday, December 3, 7 p.m., UMass Boston
The Queen of Silence is a music-driven documentary about a deaf gypsy girl falling in love with Bollywood.

Thursday, December 10, 7 p.m., UMass Boston
The Armor of Light follows an Evangelical minister trying to find the courage to preach about the growing toll of gun violence.