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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 his development of the app, 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, and he is frequently called upon as a curator, speaker, and CNN contributor.

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, filmmaker, and cultural critic whose work explores methods of critical intervention through conceptually innovative frameworks. His socially-engaged practice approaches Black cinema and visual culture as a form of creative activism that addresses the myriad links between art and politics.  

He matriculated at Columbia College at age 16 and 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, as well as his critically acclaimed role, opposite Jeremy Renner, in Dahmer.  

Dr. Great is the winner of a Film Independent SPIRIT Award nomination, and he 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 earned his PhD  at the NYU Tisch School of the Arts.