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 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 considered one of the nation's leading authorities on race and popular culture and he is frequently called upon as a media commentator, guest speaker, and critic-at-large.
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.
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.