OWN picks up Sundance doc 'Family Affair'

10:24 AM PST 01/29/2010 by Nellie Andreeva, AP

Chico David Colvard's film centers on his family history

OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network has made its first major acquisition: the Sundance documentary "Family Affair."

The feature-length doc, written and produced by Chico David Colvard, examines his family history and will be part of OWN's recently announced documentary film club showcasing films that "can inspire and entertain."

"OWN is about real life stories of self-discovery, inspiration and transformation," said CEO Christina Norman. "'Family Affair' is exactly that -- a multilayered, raw and provocative family story."

In the documentary, which premiered at Sundance this week, Colvard and his three sisters revisit their childhood, which was marked by a tragic incident in which 10-year-old Colvard shot his older sister in the leg, and by severe childhood abuse that his sisters suffered at the hands of their father.

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OWN's documentary film club is being done in partnership with doc film distributor Ro*co Films International, which will supply one film a month.

OWN, a co-venture between Winfrey's Harpo Prods. and Discovery Communications, is slated for a January 2011 launch and plans to create communities nationwide that can screen the films together and participate in a live, moderated panel discussion.
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