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.  

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 performance, 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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