Posted March 15, 2022

Remembering Michelle Materre

We mourn the passing of educator, mentor, curator, and luminary Michelle Materre whose indefatigable advocacy on behalf of Black independent filmmakers was a beacon for countless members of that community and beyond. We were honored to collaborate with Michelle through her trailblazing film series Creatively Speaking on multiple REMIX programs throughout the years. Michelle’s devotion to her peers and to her students, her love for Black art and Black artists, her unwavering poise, wisdom, and warmth are foremost on our minds as we remember her and honor her legacy and influence. She was so beloved by so many and will be deeply, deeply missed.

— Saidah Russell, JBFC Film Programmer

For those curious to learn more about Michelle’s myriad contributions to Black cinema and the preservation of that history, I encourage you to research her work via Creatively Speaking as well as her curatorial projects:

Tell It Like It Is: Black Independents in New York, 1968 – 1986

One Way or Another: Black Women’s Cinema, 1970-1991

The Jacob Burns Film Center is proud to receive generous support from:

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