Michelle Materre | Assistant Professor | The New School for Public Engagement
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    Michelle Materre

    Associate Dean of the School of Undergraduate Studies

    Assistant Professor

    MEd, Boston College

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    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 currently the Associate Director of The Bachelor’s Program where she has taught since 2001. 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, and her film series, Creatively Speaking(TM), has recently been names as the primary programming partner for independent film at the new MIST Harlem Cinema.

    Courses Taught

    • Storytelling Through Visual Analysis
    •  Viewing Diversity in African Diaspora
    •  Movements in World Cinema 1
    •  Race, Ethnicity, Class in Media
    •  Script Analysis
    •  Demystifying Distribution: Film Distribution and New Media

    Research Interests

    • Contemporary Media Representations of Women and People of Color
    • Historical Representations of People of Color in film and print

    Professional Affiliations

    Board of Director of Women Make Movies

    New York Women In Film and Television (past board member)

    Awards and Honors

    • The New School University Distinguished Teaching Award in September 2005
    •  The 2008 Pen and Brush Achievement Award for Women in the Arts, February 2008