PCMC Talk with Michelle Materre

People of Color Media Collective student group presents

What: PCMC Talk with Michelle Materre
When: Monday,March 4, 2013 @ 6:00pm
Where: 436 HN Television Studio

March 4, 2013 for a talk with Michelle Materre, professor of Media and Film Studies at the New School, film producer, President and Director of Creative Affairs at Autonomous Entertainment a marketing and distribution firm specializing in independent media. She will discuss her career trajectory,works she has produced, and her experience and contribution as a women of color and leader in independent media production and distribution.

Michelle A. Materre is an African-American television and film producer, writer administrator, consultant, strategist, entrepreneur and educator. Ms Materre earned a Master’s Degree in Educational Media from Boston College; early in her career, she learned a core aspect of the industry at CBS’ headquarters in their business division. She also worked as staff writer/producer for over three years at Henry Hampton’s Blackside Productions and was an assistant story editor at MGM in the feature film division for over three years.

Michelle continues to serve as an independent media consultant to filmmakers and film/video organizations on issues related to strategy, Fund-raising, distribution, marketing, outreach, programming and production issues. In this capacity, Michelle Materre has worked with award-winning independent filmmakers and noteworthy film projects such as “Sisters in Law” by Kim Longinotto released by Women Make Movies; “The Boys of Baraka” by Rachel Grady and Heidi Ewing; “Sweet Honey in the Rock: Raise Your Voice” by Stanley Nelson; “Chisholm ’72-Unbought & Unbossed” by Shola Lynch; Channel Thirteen/WNET’s national series, “The Rise and Fall of Jim Crow”; Colorvision for American Public Television; “West 47th Street” by Bill Lichtenstein and June Peoples; “Love and Diane”, by Jennifer Dworkin; “E Minha Cara” by Thomas Allen Harris; and “Ralph Bunche: The Odyssey Continues” by William Greaves, among others. She is the Director of Distribution for “Third World Newsreel,” the oldest progressive media arts organization in the country. Highly sought after for her expertise on national and local media initiatives, she served a three-year term as curator of the Channel Thirteen/WNET series “Reel New York,” a showcase of independent film and video-makers, and she is active as an advisory member. Michelle was formerly the Director of Outreach for ROJA Productions, an independent film production company based in Harlem, overseeing the outreach campaign for PBS national series “Matters of Race.”

For more than a decade, she has programmed the “Harlem Film Festival” series at Aaron Davis Hall on the campus of City College -now moved to BAM (Brooklyn Academy of Music), and was the coordinating marketing and outreach consultant for the “Haiti on Screen” film festival sponsored by New York University in March 2004. She is formerly the Executive Director of International Film Seminars, sponsoring organization of the Annual Robert Flaherty Film Seminar.

Currently, Materre is on the Board of Directors on “Woman Make Movies”, is on the advisory board of “Reel New York”, and she is a frequent guest lecturer at colleges, universities and libraries around the country on a variety of film related topics. Ms. Materre also holds the position as President and Director of Creative Affairs for Autonomous Entertainment, which is a New York-based boutique marketing & distribution consultancy firm specializing in independent media.

Event is organized by IMA students Makia & Fouzia