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A  noted  social entrepreneur,  he  created  one  of  the  internet's  first webseries  before  founding, Project Catalyst, the  first-ever 

mobile app specializing  in  entertainment  by  and  for  global  communities of  color.  For the app's development, he was awarded  the Cinema  Research  Institute  Fellowship  for  innovation  in  film. 

Dr. Great   has   taught   courses   on   cinema, television,   and   visual   culture   at   UCLA,   NYU,   and   Spelman College.   He  currently serves as the George and Judy Marcus  Endowed Chair  in  African-American  Cinema Studies  and  Assistant Professor of            Critical Studies in the San Francisco State University, School of Cinema.  He  is  frequently  called  upon  as  a  media  commentator, guest  speaker,  and  critic-at-large. His work has appeared in popular outlets like The New York Times, CNN, and USA Today. His signature essay "Black Cinema Matters" was recently published in The New Republic Magazine. He is the co-editor, alongside

Ed Guerrero,  of the forthcoming book Black Cinema and Visual Culture: Art and Politics in the Twenty-First Century,  (2021).

He is the writer/director of the debut feature LOVE LIKE WINTER (2020, single-channel narrative) and his sophmore effort, 

LOVE WALKS IN is currently in post-production. These films represent the first two installments of his planned tetralogy, "The Love Cycle," a collection that chronicles the rituals of Black love. His  films have been  featured  in  major  multiplexes  and  art-house theaters, both nationally and internationally at film festivals  and  museums,  as  well  as  on  Netflix,  Amazon,  cable,  and  broadcast television.

(b. Chicago, IL) Dr. Artel Great is an American artist, Independent SPIRIT Award-nominated filmmaker, and cultural critic whose body  of  work  explores  critical intervention  through  conceptually  innovative  frameworks.  He is a Black cinema scholar and leading authority on race and popular culture.

 

His socially-engaged film practice approaches  Black cinema and visual culture as a form of creative activism that addresses the myriad  links  between  art and politics.  He is also known for his supporting roles  in  several Hollywood  studio films  including, the box-office hit Save the Last Dance,  Oprah Winfrey's Their Eyes Were Watching God,  and his award-winning performance, opposite Jeremy Renner, in the cult classic, Dahmer.  

Dr. Great is  the first Black valedictorian at UCLA Film School, where he graduated summa cum laude and  holds both  his B.A.  and M.A. degrees.  He later  earned his PhD in Cinema Studies  at New York University, Tisch School of the Arts.

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