Michelle Materre - Assistant Professor of Media Studies
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    Michelle Materre

    Assistant Professor of Media Studies

    Office Location:

    Alvin Johnson/J.M. Kaplan Building


    Michelle Materre earned a M.Ed in Educational Media from Boston College and has a professional background spanning more than 25 years experience as film producer, writer, arts administrator, and distribution and marketing specialist. She is an Assistant Professor of Media Studies and Film and  where she has taught since 2001. She is formering the Associate Dean of the School of Undergraduate Studies at NSPE. Professor Materre teaches courses such as Race, Ethnicity and Class in Media, Demystifying Distributing, Storytelling through Visual Analysis, and Movements in World Cinema I. In 2005 she received The Distinguished University Teaching award. 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 film by Julie Dash. She is a current board member of Women Make Movies, a former board member of New York Women in Film and Television, and her film series, Creatively Speaking(TM), has recently been named as the primary programming partner for independent film at the new MIST Harlem Entertainment venue.

    Recent Publications:

    Creatively Speaking on the Air - January 2013 - present - Producer and host of this popular Internet radio program on BlogTalkRadio on the Black Whole Radio Network featuring the latest events and trends in the arts, entertainment and culture from across the African and Latino Diasporas. Weekly program host, producer and writer.

    Creatively Speaking Film Series19thAnnual- 2014Programmer/curator/producer -   Responsible for curating, programming and producing this seventeen-year-old series of independent films by filmmakers of color from the U.S. and     the world.  In April 2009, the series launched internationally with screenings in Jamaica and Barbados, The West Indies; and Toronto, Canada. Previous screenings at venues including Harlem Stage, The New School, New York University, Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) Cinématek and Weeksville Heritage Society. In 2013 the series launched as a monthly event at the new MIST Harlem Cinemas, new state of the art entertainment complex in Central Harlem.

    Research Interests:

    Media Criticism, Representations of Women in Media, Representations of People of Color in Media, Contemporary Carribbean Media, Contemporary Latin American Media, Race in Media, Ethnicity and Class in Media, Gender in Media, global cinema, film distribution, film marketing, independent filmmaking, the business of filmmaking.