Materre, Michelle

Michelle Materre1

Michelle Materre
MEd, Educational Media, Boston College
Associate Professor of Media Studies, Bachelor's Program for Adults and Transfer Students and School of Media Studies

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Areas of Expertise:
Film and television distribution and marketing; history of film and film studies, particularly the African and Latino diasporas; storytelling through film; script analysis
Michelle Materre’s professional background is in the independent film and television industry, where she has worked as a producer, writer, arts administrator, outreach consultant, distribution and marketing specialist, and teacher. She worked as an assistant story editor in MGM/United Artists’ feature film division and a staff writer and producer at Henry Hampton’s Blackside Productions. As a founding partner of KJM3 Entertainment Group, Inc., a film distribution and marketing company specializing in multicultural film and television projects, she managed the marketing and positioning of 23 films, including Julie Dash’s highly acclaimed film Daughters of the Dust and by Raoul Peck’s L’Homme Sur Les Quais (The Man by the Shore). For the past 15 years, she has served as the lead curator of Creatively Speaking, a film series that introduces audiences to the work of independent filmmakers of color. The series appears regularly at BAMcinématek and Weeksville Heritage Center; it has also appeared in Barbados at the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill, in February 2009 and at The Best of CaribbeanTales Film Festival in February 2010.

In February 2008, Ms. Materre received an award recognizing her achievements from the Pen and Brush Society, a 100-year-old women’s arts organization. She was also featured in the November 2008 issue of Artists and Influence, an annual journal that documents in print and on video the work of visual artists, filmmakers, poets, and performers. For four years, Ms. Materre served on the board of directors of New York Women in Film and Television and on the advisory board of Reel New York, and she is a frequent guest lecturer at colleges, universities, and libraries around the country on a variety of film-related topics. Ms. Materre is currently working on her first book, Demystifying Distribution: A Toolkit for Independent Filmmakers.
Courses Taught:
  • Storytelling Through Visual Analysis
  • Demystifying Distribution
  • Diversity in African Diaspora
  • Global Cinema
  • Movements in World Cinema 1
  • Race, Ethnicity, Class in Media
  • Script Analysis
Recent Publications:
Marketing and outreach consultant on the April 2010 release of Haile Gerima’s feature film Teza.

Outreach consultant on Mario Van Peebles and Karen Williams’ Bring Your “A” Game, broadcast on BET.

Distribution and outreach consultant on Larry Shore and Tami Gold’s documentary RFK in the Land of Apartheid: A Ripple of Hope.

Distribution and outreach consultant on Jeremy Robins and Magali Damas’ The Other Side of the Water.,

Outreach consultant on Crystal Emery’s The Deadliest Disease in America.

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