A noted social entrepreneur, he created one of the internet's first webseries before founding, Project Catalyst, the first-ever
streaming platform specializing in entertainment by and for global communities of color. For the platform'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 often called upon as a media commentator 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 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, (2022).
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 explores the rituals of Black love in America. 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.