About TCOF

499d5a1082899776a575d12a7813ce70.124.89 About TCOFThe Color of Film Collaborative is a non-profit organization that supports and fosters the individuals and organizations in the creation of diverse images of people of color in film, video, theater and other media, by providing artists with opportunities to exhibit, distribute and find funding for their work, as well as provide a supportive environment where they can share and develop their ideas, their vision and their work with their peers.

Lisa Simmons, President

With a background in film and video production, Ms. Simmons has for the past 6 years run an independent film company focusing on historic and contemporary multicultural video production. In addition, Ms. Simmons is the founder and president of, The Color of Film Collaborative, Inc. (TCOF), an organization of actors, producers, directors and others with an interest in creating and supporting positive images of people of color in film, theater, and other media. The Color of Film Collaborative co-produces the Roxbury Film Festival, a festival that celebrates the vision and the voice of independent filmmakers of color as well as the Kay Bourne Arts Report a multicultural arts newsletter.

Alison Simmons Uvin

Co-producer of the Roxbury International Film Festival

Kay Bourne, Editor, Chief Writer for the Kay Bourne Arts Report

A journalist and educator, Kay Bourne is currently an adjunct scholar at Northeastern University doing research for a book on the black presence in the arts in Boston over the centuries. She also writes on the contemporary arts scene for “The Color of Film Collaborative Presents The Kay Bourne Arts Report,” a news letter distributed via email. With COFC founding director, publisher Lisa Simmons, she developed an oral history of Lower Roxbury based largely on the memories of 94-year-old resident Jimmy Guilford.

A board member of the Independent Reviewers of New England (IRNE), she gives a money prize to theaters which have promoted the careers of African American artists and emphasized humanistic values at the IRNE’s annual awards night. She also awards a grant at the annual Roxbury Film Festival to the Emerging Film-maker who shoots a film in Roxbury. She was the arts editor for 40 years for the “Bay State Banner,” from which she is retired.

Kay served on the very first Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women under Gov. Frank Sargent where her specialty was the status of women in law enforcement and in trouble with the law. Later on she founded and ran the school at the Suffolk County House of Correction. She has taught in public high schools and store front agencies. She was the Dept. of Transitional Assistance’s education coordinator and its liaison to the Dept. of Education. She has a master’s in education from Harvard University.

A recipient of the Melnea A. Cass Award, she was an NEH journalism fellow at Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy. She is listed in various editions of Who’s Who. She is a life member of the NAACP and served on its board in the years of Tom Atkins leadership when school busing was launched in Boston. She currently serves on the advisory board of EdgeBoston, an on-line publication for gay readers and others. She is widowed with two children and two grandchildren.

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