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Michelle Materre

MICHELLE A. MATERRE

 
 

                                BIOGRAPHY

Michelle Materre earned an M.Ed in Educational Media from Boston College and has a professional background spanning more than 30 years’ experience as film producer, writer, arts administrator, and distribution and marketing specialist. Early in her career, she was a staff writer/producer for Henry Hampton’s Blackside Productions, and an assistant story editor for MGM/UA in the feature film division. As a founding partner of KJM3 Entertainment Group, Inc., a film distribution and marketing company that specialized in multicultural film and television projects, she directly managed the marketing and positioning of 23 films including the successful theatrical release of Daughters of the Dust, the highly acclaimed, now classic film by Julie Dash. Hercriticallyacclaimedfilmseries, Creatively Speaking, has been a premiere forum for presenting works by and about women and people of color for twenty one years. In February 2015, Creatively Speaking co-presented the unprecedented film series “Tell It Like it Is: Black Independents in NYC 1968-1986”, with The Film Society of Lincoln Center which was awarded the Film Heritage Award by the National Society of Film Critics. She is Co-Producer of the recently released, critically acclaimed documentary “Black Women in Medicine” by Crystal Emery, as well as Educational Outreach and Distribution coordinator for this project. This year, another program she co-curated with BAMcinématek staff in February - "One Way or Another: Black Women Filmmakers 1970 - 1991" has received two amazing acknowledgements in the same month. First, Richard Brody, of The New Yorker Magazine, listed the program as "The Best Repertory Series of 2017" in his "Best Movies of 2017" end of year publication. Then, a week later, the National Society of Film Critics honored us with the "Film Heritage" Award of 2017 for the same program! This is the same award we received for the Lincoln Center program in 2015. This award is bestowed by The Society which represents movie criticism in the United States by supplying the official critic delegate to the National Film Preservation Board of the Library of Congress and meets once a year in January to vote on the Society’s awards for the finest film achievements of the previous year.

 

In addition to holding a position as Associate Professor of Media Studies and Film at The New School where she has been teaching since 2001, Ms. Materre is currently the Director of the Bachelor’s Program for Adults and Transfer Students at The New School. Ms.MaterreisacurrentmemberoftheBoardofDirectorsofWomenMakeMovies;formermemberoftheBoardofDirectorsofNewYorkWomeninFilmandTelevision;a recipient of the “Distinguished Teaching Award” from The New School in 2005;a recipientofThePenandBrushSociety’s ‘AccomplishedWomenintheArts’Award;aswellasa featuredartistinthemuch-acclaimedannualjournaldocumentingcontemporary artists, Artists and Influence, published by the Hatch-Billops Collection.

 


 

AWARDS and AFFILIATIONS

  • National Society of Film Critics “Film Heritage Award” for “Tell it Like it Is: Black Independents in New York, 1968-1986”, presented with the Film Society of Lincoln Center, January 2016
  • Women Make Movies | Board of Directors, 2012 – present, Secretary of the Board, 2013 - present 
  • Reel Sisters Film Festival Pioneer Award, October 2012 
  • New York Women in Film and Television, Board of Directors - 2003-2007 Vice President, Membership, 2005-2006 
  • The New School University Distinguished Teaching Award, September 2005 
  • City of New York Proclamation, Council Members Leticia James and Jumaane Williams, for Outstanding Contributions to Uplifting Black film and Culture in America, October 2012 
  • Achievement Award: Pen and Brush Society, 113 year old international membership organization for women in the visual, literary and performing arts. Presentation at awards ceremony February 18th, 2008. Filmmaker Julie Dash also received an award. 
  • The Black Documentary Collective. Working Member and Creative Director/Project Coordinator for The Saint Clair Bourne Archives. May 2009 – present 
  • Artist and Influence journal article. Published interview from Artist and Influence: salon series of notable individuals in the arts, produced by The Hatch-Billops Collection since 1974. Videotaped interview and journal article published Fall 08. Copy available in Media Studies department. 
  • Global Action Project: Youth Making Media (G.A.P.), advisory committee member :Since 1991, Global Action Project has worked with young people, specifically those most affected by injustice, to build the knowledge, tools, and relationships needed to produce thought-provoking media on issues that affect them and their communities, and use their media for dialogue and to build community power.
  •  International Youth Leadership Institution (IYLI), Advisory Board Member, 2008-2010: Acted as advisory on parent committee for this non-profit organization which prepares African American and Latino secondary school students to assume active leadership roles in their community and global society. IYLI emphasizes the connections between local and global conditions, challenges and opportunities and allows students the opportunity to travel internationally in summer sessions. 
  • Reel New York, Channel THIRTEEN/WNET - Advisory Board Member: Guest lecturer at many universities and numerous panels, workshops and seminars. Programming/curatorial consultant for a variety of schools, libraries, media arts centers, film festivals and individuals around the country. 
  • Third World Newsreel, 40th Anniversary Advisory Committee member. Working with organization to program a retrospective series in celebration of the 40th anniversary of this alternative media arts organization that fosters the creation, appreciation and dissemination of independent film and video by and about people of color and social justice issues.