Public Engagement

  • Faculty

    Michelle Materre

    Director of the Media Management Program & Associate Professor of Media Studies and Film


    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. Her critically acclaimed film series, 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.

    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 Media Management program the School of Media Studies at The New School. Ms. Materre is a current member of the Board of Directors of Women Make Movies; former member of the Board of Directors of New York Women in Film and Television; a recipient of the “Distinguished Teaching Award” from The New School in 2005; a recipient of The Pen and Brush Society’s ‘Accomplished Women in the Arts’ Award; as well as a featured artist in the much-acclaimed annual journal documenting contemporary artists, Artist and Influence.

    Degrees Held:

    Boston College | Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts | M.Ed., Educational Media | 1977

    Boston State College | Boston, Massachusetts | B.A., Education| 1975

    Antioch College | Yellow Springs, Ohio | B.A., Education and Fine Arts Studies | 1973

    Professional Affiliations:

    Women Make Movies | Board of Directors, 2012 – present, Secretary of the Board, 2013 - present

    The Black Documentary Collective. Working Member and Creative Director/Project Coordinator for The Saint Clair Bourne Archives.  May 2009 – present


    Recent Publications:

    Creatively Speaking on the Air - January 2013 - June 2016 - 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.

    Wallet Hub Financial Blog  – Interviewed regarding the #OscarsSoWhite controversy:

    Journal of Mass Communications and Journalism – Essay entitled: “Viewing Diversity in the Caribbean Diaspora: A Critical Guide to a Contemporary Film Movement”, accepted November, 2015. 

    Creatively Speaking Film Series

    Programmer/curator/producer -   Responsible for curating, programming and producing this twenty one year annual series. Creatively Speaking is a curated film series offering a diverse forum that highlights independent film by and about women and people of color. Working outside the mainstream, often with limited resources, the filmmakers represented in the Creatively Speaking Film Series provide a model for working within and around a historically underrepresented system that continues to this day. Our mission is to change the cultural narrative, one image at a time.

    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, MIST Harlem and most recently METROGRAPH in New York City. 

    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.

    Performances And Appearances:


    Opening Remarks for “Black Lives Matter 101: Tech and New Media”, presented by New School students in Milano and School of Media Studies, April 28, 2016.

    Presented at The Ivy Film Festival at Brown University (the largest student organized film festival in the U.S.) Panel title: “The Audience in Revolt: Gender, Race and Representation in Hollywood”, April 8, 2016.

    Presented “Black Women in Medicine” documentary and book signing, at The New School as co-producer, in collaboration with Crystal Emery, New School Media Studies Alumni and Director of the documentary, Wednesday March 30, 2016.

    Presentation at Society for Cinema and Media Studies (SCMS) Conference, Chicago, Illinois – March 23, 2017 - "Bang You're Dead: Teaching Images of Police Violence" - presented with Kimberly Bonds Grocher/Fordham Univeristy and Amy Corbin/Mulhenberg College.

    Museum of Modern Art - Making Faces: Images of Exploitation and Empowerment in Cinema exhibition, introduced two programs. Curated by Ashely Clark and Dessane Cassell. April 23, 2017

    Brooklyn Academy of Music Cinematek: One Way or Another: Black Women’s Cinema, 1970-1991, Feb 3—Feb 23 , 2017 - co-curated and presented this collection of rarely seen features, shorts, docs, and animation highlighting black women filmmakers 

    Press quotes about “Tell It Like it Is” series at Lincoln Center, Febrary 2015

    “This is a lesson (Hollywood maintaining control over the release of Black films) that is reinforced by a remarkable program that begins this coming weekend the Film Society of Lincoln Center. It’s a series of movies that, however formidable many of them are, you likely haven’t seen before and in many cases, given how rare it is for any venue to find an occasion to screen them, you may never see again. So hurry. Curated by Jake Perlin and Michelle Materre, Tell It Like It Is: Black Independents in New York 1968-1986, showcases a bevy of films by tri-state area black filmmakers that were lost, semi-lost, and merely shoved to the margins.” -- Brandon Harris, The New Inquiry, February 4, 2015.

    “Dennis Lim, the Film Society of Lincoln Center’s Director of Programming said, “This is a landmark program that sheds overdue light on an incredibly rich, varied, and undertold chapter of American film history. There are many groundbreaking works here by many singular figures, and we’re proud to present this essential series here at the Film Society.”” – by Tambay Obenson, Shadow and Act, December 19, 2014.

    Research Interests:

    Media Criticism, Representations of Women in Media, Representations of People of Color in Media, Contemporary Caribbean 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.

    Awards And Honors:

    • 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.

    • Pioneer Award, Reel Sisters Film Festival, October 2012

    • City of New York Proclamation, Council Members Leticia James and Jumanne Williams, for Outstanding Contributions to Uplifiting 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 and film historian Pearl Bowser also received this award.

    • 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 2008. Copy available in Media Studies department.

    • THE NEW SCHOOL University Distinguished Teaching Award, September 2005.


    Current Courses:

    Film Distribution & New Media

    Film Distribution & New Media (Spring 2019)

    Film Distribution & New Media

    Independent Production

    Independent Study

    Race, Ethnicity, Class in Medi

    Race, Ethnicity,Class in Media

    Self-Directed Learning Fund

    Self-Directed Learning Fund (Spring 2019)

    Self-Directed Learning Reflect

    Thesis Proposal (Spring 2019)

    Thesis Tutorial