Oprah Winfrey Network acquires Family Affair at Sundance Film Festival


MUMBAI: OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network has acquired the rights to Family Affair, an independent feature length documentary film written and produced by Chico David Colvard.

Family Affair, an intensely personal documentary that examines Mr. Colvard’s compelling family history, garnered great attention at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival where it had its world premiere.

Family Affair is the first film to join OWN’s recently announced Documentary Film Club. The Doc Club was created to spotlight cinematic documentaries that can inspire and entertain, and encourage emerging creative voices to bring their stories to a mainstream television audience on OWN.

"OWN is about real life stories of self-discovery, inspiration and transformation. Family Affair is exactly that – a multi-layered, raw and provocative family story. I applaud Chico Colvard for his bravery in creating a deeply personal film that shares with us his pain, his anger and ultimately his transformation," said OWN CEO Christina Norman.

"I’m honored to have my film be a part of the unique programming OWN will be offering. I believe that my story will resonate with both men and women who are struggling with their past, and give them a new insight to move forward with their future," said Colvard.

"We are eager to bring this profound and important film to a larger audience. This documentary will allow viewers to create a community, giving them a platform for discussion and allowing personal growth and change," said Annie Roney, founder and managing director ro*co films international, and curators of the OWN Documentary Film Club.

"I am deeply honored that Family Affair is the first acquisition by the OWN Documentary Club. Beyond our own personal excitement, OWN’s commitment to best of American documentary filmmaking is a thrilling development for the whole industry," said Liz Garbus, producer.