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  is  currently  a

Cinema Research Fellow at NYU and Assistant Professor of Film Studies at the University of North Carolina, Wilmington. 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.  

After matriculating at Columbia College at age 16, he toured the Midwest as a conceptual artist before landing 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 critically acclaimed role, opposite Jeremy Renner, in 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  at New York University, Tisch School of the Arts.

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