Materre Media Consulting
Changing the cultural narrative -- one image at a time
Integrating specialized services in independent film distribution, publicity, fundraising, marketing, outreach and promotion.
With experience of more than 30 years experience in the independent film and television industry as producer, programmer, fundraiser, marketing, distribution and promotional professional, Michelle Materre has provided strategic consul to individuals and organizations looking for expertise in these critical business areas.
Rachel Grady and Heidi Ewing
Chyng Sun and Miguel Pickering Barbara Rick/ Out of the Blue Films
Thomas Allen Harris
Jeremy Robins and Magali Damas
Michéle Stephenson and Joe Brewster
Organizational Clients include:
Thirteen/WNET New York
Women Make Movies
Harlem Stage(formerly Aaron Davis Hall)
Third World Newsreel
The Saint Clair Bourne Estate
P.O.V. / The American Documentary
Brooklyn Academy of Music
Why hire the team behind Materre Media Consulting?
Over the years, Michelle and her consulting team have become recognized in the independent film world for their aesthetic sensibilities, cultural sensitivity, awareness and relevance.
Sample case studies:
Materre Media Consulting (MMC) collaborates with other media arts consultants such as Monserrat Ltd. and its originator, Neyda Martinez. The two companies joined forces as Audience Development Advisors for Focus Features’ feature film Motorcycle Diaries. The targeted screening in Spanish Harlem at El Museo del Barrio featured a panel discussion with Fernando Meirelles, City of God, Walter Salles, Motorcycle Diaries, Alfonso Cuaron, Y tu mamá también, and Sebastian Cordero, Crónicas educating a diverse multi-cultural audience about the academy rules which prevented the eligibility of said films due to their multi-national team of collaborators. For The North Star Fund, they produced a retrospective of John Sayles/Maggie Renzi films including Brother From Another Planet, Matewan, City of Hope, and panel discussions with David Schwartz, Louis Black, founder of the SXSW film festival, critics and academics at the Museum of the Moving Image. In addition, Neyda and Michelle produced “behind-the-scenes” video coverage of The National Black and Latino Summit for PolicyLink -- a convening of more than 400 executive directors, community activists, politicians, grantmakers and other stakeholders held in Los Angeles in early October 2008 .
Materre Media Consulting created and supervised the execution of the national distribution and outreach campaign for Traces of the Trade: A Story from the Deep North by Katrina Browne. MMC designed a hybrid strategy for self-distribution and the educational marketing for the film, which is poised to become a new model for independent filmmakers. Successful negotiations with California Newsreel, the premier multi-cultural educational distribution company in the U.S., cover the educational market, while the filmmaker retained the home video and international rights. In addition, MMC coordinated the New York City theatrical release of The Boys of Baraka at The Film Forum for filmmakers Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady. She was responsible for the largest number of group sales ever attending a film’s release at The Film Forum and successfully engaged more than 100 New York City middle and high schools in “talk-backs” with the film, as well as groups from numerous local colleges, universities and community groups.
Materre Media Consulting Background and Experience:
Ms. Materre was founding partner and Vice President of Creative Affairs of KJM3 Entertainment Group, Inc., a film distribution and marketing company specializing in multicultural film and television projects. The company was hired by leaders in the industry such as Kino International and Miramax to develop, manage and execute the successful theatrical release of films such as Daughters of the Dust, by Julie Dash and The Glass Shield by Charles Burnett. Proprietary KJM3 distribution projects included: L’Homme Sur Les Quais (The Man By The Shore) by Raoul Peck, Rude by Clement Virgo as well as 25 short films by Malcolm Lee and others.
A distinguished film arts professional, Ms. Materre has held esteemed positions at organizations including tenures as Executive Director of International Film Seminars, sponsoring organization of the Annual Robert Flaherty Film Seminar; Associate Director/Director of Marketing, Educational Video Center, a media arts center for urban youth; and Associate Director of Women Make Movies, a national film and video distributor of independent work by women artists. Michelle was formerly the Director of Outreach for ROJA Productions, an independent film production company.
Independently, MMC was hired as the National Outreach Consultant for Think Films’ The Boys of Baraka by Rachel Grady and Heidi Ewing, Traces of the Trade by Katrina Browne, Peabody award-winning Chisholm ’72: Unbought and Unbossed by Shola Lynch as well as Sweet Honey in the Rock: Raise Your Voice by MacArthur Award Winning Filmmaker, Stanley Nelson.
Ms. Materre worked as an outreach consultant for Matters of Race and The Rise and Fall of Jim Crow, both broadcast nationally on PBS and served a three year tenure as the curator of Channel Thirteen/WNET’s independent film series Reel New York and for the past 19 years, Michelle has been the curator of the film series also known as Creatively Speaking™, The Harlem Film Festival at cultural venues such as Harlem Stage/Aaron Davis Hall, Weeksville Heritage Center, The University of the West Indies, Cave Hill, Barbados, and the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) among others. Ms. Materre also produces and hosts Creatively Speaking on the Air, a weekly talk radio show, an extension of the film series, which broadcasts on HYPERLINK "https://www.facebook.com/Black.Whole.Radio?fref=ts" The Black Whole Radio Network on BlogTalkRadio since November 2012.
Ms. Materre is an Associate Professor, School of Media Studies at The New School where she has taught since 2001 and was awarded the University Distinguished Teaching Award in 2005. She is a frequent guest lecturer at film festivals, colleges, universities and libraries around the country on a variety of film related topics. She is currently serves on the Board of Directors of Women Make Movies, Board of Directors of Luminal Theater, and is a former board member of New York Women in Film and Television.