Since 1919, The New School has been home to scholars, creators, and activists who challenge convention and boldly make their mark on the world.
To celebrate this groundbreaking legacy, we are opening our doors to the public for a weeklong festival of innovative performances, talks, workshops, screenings, exhibitions, and more.

On October 1–6, 2019, join us as we reflect on a century of world-changing ideas and together imagine a new kind of future.

The Festival of New is free and open to all.
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Michelle Materre

Associate Professor of Media Studies and Film, The New School
In addition to holding a position as Associate Professor of Media Studies and Film at The New School where she has been teaching since 2001, Ms. Materre is currently the Director of the Media Management graduate program in the School of Media Studies. Materre’s professional background spans more than thirty years’ experience as film producer, writer, lecturer, arts administrator, distribution/marketing specialist, film programmer, media consultant, Caribbean film scholar, and college professor. In 1992, Ms. Materre co-founded one of the first African American owned film distribution companies, KJM3 Entertainment Group, which directly managed the marketing, positioning and distribution of over twenty-three films by filmmakers of African descent including Daughters of the Dust, the highly acclaimed film by Julie Dash, as well as L’Homme Sur Les Quais (The Man By the Shore) by Raoul Peck. Her critically acclaimed film series, Creatively Speaking, featuring work by and about women and people of color, is now in its 25th year. In February 2015, Creatively Speaking co-presented the unprecedented film series “Tell It Like it Is: Black Independents in NYC 1968-1986”, with The Film Society of Lincoln Center which was awarded the Film Heritage Award by the National Society of Film Critics. A second series presented in February 2017 at BAMcinematek, "One Way or Another: Black Women Filmmakers 1970 - 1991", was acknowledged by Richard Brody, of The New Yorker Magazine, as "The Best Repertory Series of 2017" as well as awarded the "Film Heritage" Award of 2017 by the National Society of Film Critics. Ms. Materre is a current member of the Board of Directors of Women Make Movies and a former member of the Board of Directors of New York Women in Film and Television.