Film Studies

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CV and Filmography


  • Ph.D. Cinema Studies- New York University
  • M.A. Cinema and Media Studies- University of California, Los Angeles
  • B.A. Film and Television Production - University of California, Los Angeles

Dr. Artel Great is a film scholar and filmmaker whose research explores the intellectual history, politics, and production of Black cinema and visual culture. His work investigates the phenomenology of Blackness and its complexities using the lenses of Black cinema and television, within the American context and across the African Diaspora, considering the historical, theoretical, social, political, and aesthetic movements and traditions that have shaped its development. Dr. Great’s thinking and research interests engage Black cinematic cultural production as a critical site for the contestation of entrenched power structures, and he has published book chapters and journal articles on the intersection of race, cinema, television, and politics. As a filmmaker, Dr. Great’s socially-engaged creative praxis seeks to expand the expressive possibilities of Blackness on-screen. He often employs himself and underrepresented communities as the primary subjects of his films in order to uncover new narratives, decolonize Black images from historically narrow depictions, and activate a distinctly Black aesthetic in cinema that represents the nuances of Black life with social depth in a manner that is, at once, both poetic and political.

Dr. Artel Great is the first Black valedictorian at UCLA Film School where he graduated summa cum laude before earning his Ph.D. at NYU Tisch School of the Arts. He is the winner of a Film Independent SPIRIT Award nomination and a Cinema Research Institute Fellowship, and was recently named a Finalist for the Sundance Episodic Lab. His films have been featured in major multiplexes and art-house theaters both nationally and internationally, as well as in film festivals, museums, and on Netflix, cable, and broadcast television.