Project Catalyst

Project Catalyst Project Catalyst is an innovative transmedia initiative that combines creative community building practices with cinema, art, music, and technology.

Founded in Manhattan, with the support of New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. Project Catalyst is the winner of the 2014 Cinema Research Institute Fellowship for innovation in film, media, and entertainment. We specialize in re-imagining the empowering possibilities of cinema and media by designing culturally rich entertainment experiences from a multicultural perspective. Project Catalyst exemplifies the efficacy and essential value of art and cinema at the intersections of social justice and the modern technologies of everyday life. We also enhance distribution services for progressive media artists utilizing digital and mobile technologies combined with national theatrical exhibition, to amplify amazing visual artists and talented filmmakers with fresh humanistic voices.

11/22/2020
Dr. Artel Great

Embrace Black love. 🖤 LOVE LIKE WINTER.
Streaming now 🎥.

Are you in the mood for Black love? 🖤 This movie will put you there. The story of two people torn apart who are destined to be together. LOVE LIKE WINTER (2020) from Film Independent Spirit Award-nominated filmmaker Dr. Artel Great. 🎬 Streaming now here: https://www.siskelfilmcenter.org/love-winter

Available until November 27, 2020, in Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, Kentucky, Michigan, Wisconsin, or Iowa. Click here to watch: https://www.siskelfilmcenter.org/love-winter

Now go get your popcorn 🍿 & get your entire Black lives and come fall in love with LOVE LIKE WINTER.
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This film marks Part One of “The Love Cycle,” a collection of films by the director chronicling the beauty and complexities of Black love in America.

For more information visit: www.artelgreat.com/lovelikewinter & Sign Up to
#BeALover
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#LoveLikeWinter #TheLoveCycle #BlackExcellence #BlackCinema #Blackfilm #Blacklove #BlackBrilliance #BlackLoveMatters #ChicagoRomance
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#LoveStory #filmmaker #Chicago #success #Arteligent #BHFF2020

Have you seen this? We can't wait!
11/20/2020
Dr. Artel Great

Have you seen this? We can't wait!

Are you in the mood for Black love? This movie will put you there. The story of two people torn apart who are destined to be together.

Watch the trailer for LOVE LIKE WINTER from Film Independent Spirit Award-nominated filmmaker Dr. Artel Great. The movie marks the first installment of "The Love Cycle," a collection of films by the director that chronicle the beauty and complexities of Black love in America.

For more information visit: www.artelgreat.com/lovelikewinter
& Sign Up to #BeALover
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#LoveLikeWinter #TheLoveCycle #BlackExcellence #GreatCinema #ChicagoRomance #blackfilm #blackcinema #blacklove #BlackBrilliance #blacklovestory

Can't wait to see this! Black love is so necessary 🎬
11/10/2020

Can't wait to see this! Black love is so necessary 🎬

I'm happy to have my first feature film premiering at several U.S. film festivals this month. LOVE LIKE WINTER (2020, narrative, single-channel, color) tells the story of two former lovers who unexpectedly reconnect after ten years apart. And during one magical winter afternoon in Chicago, they relive old memories and rediscover their special chemistry. Check out our festival poster.

This film marks Part One of “The Love Cycle,” my collection of films chronicling the rituals of Black love. Many thanks to our talented cinematographer Edwin Chen, our amazing lead actress Nia Fairweather, and the wonderful Chicago-based actress Alys Dickerson. We’re excited to share this film with the world. Give it up for Black love, ya'll. It’s so necessary right now. Watch this space for more information on LOVE LIKE WINTER.
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#LoveLikeWinter #BlackLove #GreatCinema #BeALover
#BlackLoveMatters #ChicagoRomance
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#LoveStory #Romance #BlackFilm #BlackMovies #Movies #Cinema #BlackCinema #Chicago #ChicagoFilm #indiefilm #BlackExcellence #Arteligent #inspiration #FortheCulture

11/02/2020
Dr. Artel Great

Can't wait for this new project from Dr. Artel Great!

Tired of watching movies that recycle the same tired storylines over and over? Me too. That's why I'm introducing "THE LOVE CYCLE," four new feature films chronicling the rituals of Black love. Set in Chicago, each film depicts the beauty and complexity of Black love in America, demonstrating once and for all that– #BLACKLOVEMATTERS. Coming soon...
Written & Directed by Dr. Artel Great

#TheLoveCycle #BlackExcellence #GreatCinema #ChicagoRomance #BeALover

For more information visit: www.artelgreat.com/the-love-cycle

*Required Reading*
09/17/2020
Black Cinema Matters

*Required Reading*

Black films have championed Black lives for over 100 years—while white America studiously ignored them.

Tonight: Legendary artist and filmmaker Cauleen Smith will be in conversation with our founder, Dr. Artel Great. Details...
08/25/2020

Tonight: Legendary artist and filmmaker Cauleen Smith will be in conversation with our founder, Dr. Artel Great.
Details below. Come through!

TONIGHT: Please join me for a virtual conversation with acclaimed artist and filmmaker Cauleen Smith at the inaugural event for the San Francisco State Univ. School of Cinema's "Race, Rebellion & Resistance" Series presented by the George and Judy Marcus Endowed Chair in African-American Cinema Studies, Dr. Artel Great.

Day: Tuesday, August 25, 2020
Cost: Free
Time: 9pm (Eastern), 6pm (Pacific), via Zoom.

REGISTER HERE: https://sfsu.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN__EqMz9htS5yUJhY9ayUQlg

Cauleen Smith will be in conversation with Dr. Artel Great.

Cauleen Smith is an interdisciplinary artist whose work reflects upon the everyday possibilities of the imagination. Drawing from structuralism, third world cinema, and science fiction, her films, objects, and installations have been featured in group exhibitions at Studio Museum of Harlem, Houston Contemporary Art Museum; the New Museum, New York, and D21 Leipzig in Berlin. She now has a solo show at the Whitney Museum in New York. Smith is the recipient of the Rockefeller Media Arts Award, Creative Capital Award, and the Rauschenberg Residency. She earned her MFA from the University of California, Los Angeles School of Theater Film and Television.

More Details Here: https://cinema.sfsu.edu/events/2020/08/25/956-cauleen-smith

Dr. Artel Great
07/28/2020

Dr. Artel Great

Imagine that. Living in a nation that cared more about its people than racial capitalism. How much better would the world be? But maybe that sounds too much like right... 💯🤷🏾‍♂️
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#socialjustice #BlackLivesMatter #JusticeForFloyd #GeorgeFloyd #JusticeForAhmaud #JusticeForBreonna #GeorgeBush #Chicago #Racialjustice #ICantBreathe #RayShardBrooks #SayHerName #DefundthePolice #visualsoflife #BlackCulture #injustice #SystemicRacism #AbolishthePolice #Portland #JusticeForRayshard #Blm #NoJusticeNoPeace #Arteligent #BreonnaTaylor #ForTheCulture

Dr. Artel Great
07/08/2020

Dr. Artel Great

#Facts 🤷🏾‍♂️💯
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#socialjustice #BlackLivesMatter #JusticeForFloyd #GeorgeFloyd #JusticeForAhmaud #truth #JusticeForBreonna #Protest #Race #Racialjustice #ICantBreathe #RayShardBrooks #SayHerName #DefundthePolice #visualsoflife #BlackCulture #injustice #SystemicRacism #AbolishthePolice #Comedy #JusticeForRayshard #NoJusticeNoPeace #Arteligent #BreonnaTaylor #ForTheCulture

Dr. Artel Great
06/19/2020

Dr. Artel Great

Never in my lifetime have I seen so many major corporations promoting the celebration of Juneteenth (aka Black Freedom Day). These symbolic gestures are cool. BUT we still demand the end of police violence, a dismantling of institutional oppression, and immediate economic reparations for centuries of enslavement and the truncation of possibilities for Black citizens. So miss me with all the trendy gestures & these outlandish marketing ploys to exploit Black dollars. And let’s see these billionaire CEOs, plutocrats, and kente-cloth politicians engage in actioned change and cut Black folks some “Juneteenth” reparations checks— with interest. In that order...
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#stayWoke #socialjustice #BlackLivesMatter #Justice #JusticeForFloyd #GeorgeFloyd #Freedom #JusticeForAhmaud #JusticeForBreonna #Protest #Race #Racialjustice #ICantBreathe #RayShardBrooks #Reparations #Juneteenth #40Acres&aMule #visualsoflife #BlackCulture #injustice #SystemicRacism #AbolishthePolice #Comedy #JusticeForRayshard #NoJusticeNoPeace #Arteligent #BreonnaTaylor #ForTheCulture #humor

Dr. Artel Great
06/18/2020

Dr. Artel Great

Sorry, not sorry. It’s not a few bad apples. The tree is rotten at the roots. And the tragedies we’re facing bring to the forefront clear and present injustices that Black Americans have faced every day for generations. There is a critical need for a vital confrontation with systemic racism. If America is the greatest country in the world how are we not leading in the most important categories? Why is our police the most lethal of the so-called developed nations? By a long shot. Something is broken. The numbers speak for themselves. (Data collected from CNN & NYT)
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#socialjustice #BlackLivesMatter #Justice #JusticeForFloyd #GeorgeFloyd #JusticeForAhmaud #JusticeForBreonna #Protest #Race #Racialjustice #ICantBreathe #Reparations #AbolishthePolice #SayHerName #SayHisName #SayTheirNames
#visualsoflife #BlackCulture #injustice #SystemicRacism #Racism #Police #JusticeForRayshard #NoJusticeNoPeace #Arteligent #knowledge #ForTheCulture

Dr. Artel Great
06/15/2020

Dr. Artel Great

Welcome to the 21st Century...where the American dream remains a nightmare. How many more times does this have to happen before real change is implemented? Where can you turn for safety if you’re Black? #RayshardBrooks did not deserve to die. Nor did BreonnaTaylor. Or any of the countless Black citizens who’ve lost their lives to these state-sanctioned extrajudicial murders. What is the cost of America’s continued refusal to acknowledge Black humanity? The end of an empire is upon us. Wake up now or be forever lost...
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#socialjustice #BlackLivesMatter #Justice #JusticeForFloyd #GeorgeFloyd #JusticeForAhmaud #JusticeForBreonna #Protest #Race #Racialjustice #ICantBreathe #Reparations #AbolishthePolice #SayHerName #SayHisName #SayTheirNames
#visualsoflife #BlackCulture #injustice #SystemicRacism #Racism #Progress #JusticeForRayshard #NoJusticeNoPeace #Arteligent #knowledge #BreonnaTaylor #ForTheCulture

Dr. Artel Great
06/13/2020

Dr. Artel Great

On this Day I graduated 🎓 summa cm laude as the first Black valedictorian in the history of the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television 🎬🎥 #BlackJoy

Dr. Artel Great
06/12/2020

Dr. Artel Great

What is justice? Seriously. What does justice really look like for Black-Americans in the wake of national uprisings following the killings of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, and countless other Black citizens? Is justice seeing the cops arrested? Is justice seeing the killers convicted? What's the end game? What does victory look like? Today, the one true victory for Black-Americans must be economic reparations for centuries of enslavement and systemic racism. Reparations is the only victory, which must also include a formal apology from the U.S. government to Black citizens. This is not unprecedented. The U.S. paid reparations to the Japanese. There would be no America without the undeniable contributions of Black folks. And yet, this nation has systematically engaged Black-Americans in an abuse of opportunity and truncation of possibilities that has led us to this very dire moment. Reparations must be paid to Black descendants of the enslaved if America is ever to move forward and heal its festering wounds.

Today marks the final day of my #EducateToLiberate thought campaign. Day 9 of me sharing educational resources as a direct action for people to share with others or to utilize themselves as tools to develop (and help others develop) a deeper understanding of “whiteness” as a political system of power (i.e., systemic racism) and what we must do to dismantle it. To be silent is to take the side of the oppressors. I refuse to be silent. I refuse to be silenced. We all have a role in this rebirthing. I will lift my voice until true justice rolls down like waters…
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#socialjustice #BlackLivesMatter #Justice #JusticeForFloyd #GeorgeFloyd #JusticeForAhmaud #JusticeForBreonna #Protest #Uprising #Race #Racialjustice #ICantBreathe #Reparations #SayHerName#SayHisName #SayTheirNames
#visualsoflife #BlackCulture #injustice #SystemicRacism #Racism #Progress #Peace #NoJusticeNoPeace #Arteligent #knowledge #BreonnaTaylor #ForTheCulture #PayMe

Dr. Artel Great
06/11/2020

Dr. Artel Great

It's easy to be "outraged" when the lights are bright and when the cameras are on. But what you do when no one else can see you is the true measure of character. Where you go from here is what matters. What are you going to do next? Acknowledging is the first step, but it most certainly is not the last. America has profited and thrived from this toxic systemic racist culture and at the root of that is capitalism. In other words, racism and capitalism go hand and hand. One cannot exist without the other. We must completely reimagine what it means to be alive. What it means to be safe. What it means to be a citizen. And what it means to be truthful. The answer to these questions will determine where we go from here.

#EducateToLiberate Day 8: I’m sharing these educational resources as a direct action for people to share with others or to utilize themselves as tools to develop (and help others develop) a deeper understanding of “whiteness” as a political system of power (i.e., systemic racism) and what we must do to dismantle it. To be silent is to take the side of the oppressors. I refuse to be silent. I refuse to be silenced. We all have a role in this rebirthing. I will lift my voice until true justice rolls down like waters…
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#socialjustice #BlackLivesMatter #Justice #JusticeForFloyd #GeorgeFloyd #JusticeForAhmaud #JusticeForBreonna #Protest #Uprising #Race #Racialjustice #ICantBreathe #SayHerName#SayHisName #SayTheirNames
#visualsoflife #BlackCulture #injustice #SystemicRacism #Racism #Progress #Peace #NoJusticeNoPeace #Arteligent #knowledge #BreonnaTaylor #ForTheCulture

Dr. Artel Great
06/10/2020

Dr. Artel Great

To have seen all that we have seen in 2020, it should devastate you. It should make you question everything you've ever been taught in any school. It should make you question what have we become as a nation. It should make you realize how far we must still travel to achieve true liberty for Black citizens. The disproportionate impact of Covid-19 on Black communities, the record unemployment among Black citizens is shameful. What we are seeing in the streets across the nation (and the world) is the feeling of collective anguish and frustration after century upon century of Black people being forced to endure the most miserable conditions in this nation. No longer can anyone revel in the myths of American freedom and exceptionalism. We know better. Now it's time to do better.

#EducateToLiberate Day 7: I’m sharing these educational resources as a direct action for people to share with others or to utilize themselves as tools to develop (and help others develop) a deeper understanding of “whiteness” as a political system of power (i.e., systemic racism) and what we must do to dismantle it. To be silent is to take the side of the oppressors. I refuse to be silent. I refuse to be silenced. We all have a role in this rebirthing. I will lift my voice until true justice rolls down like waters…
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#socialjustice #BlackLivesMatter #Justice #JusticeForFloyd #GeorgeFloyd #JusticeForAhmaud #JusticeForBreonna #Protest #Uprising #Race #Racialjustice #ICantBreathe #SayHerName#SayHisName #SayTheirNames
#visualsoflife #BlackCulture #injustice #SystemicRacism #Racism#Progress #Peace #NoJusticeNoPeace #Arteligent #knowledge #ForTheCulture

Dr. Artel Great
06/09/2020

Dr. Artel Great

The police state and police violence against Black citizens is a major problem in America. However, at the heart of modern policing policies and practices is "whiteness" as an invisible political system of power, in other words, systemic racism. "Whiteness" as an invisible racist system permeates everything in America, from the criminal justice system to health care, from banking and housing to electoral politics and education. Defunding the police is only one small step. The uprising in this nation maintains the ultimate and singular goal of dismantling whiteness as a corrupt system of oppression that has thwarted opportunities for Black survival since this country's inception. #EducateToLiberate Day 6: I’m sharing these educational resources as a direct action for people to share with others or to utilize themselves as tools to develop (and help others develop) a deeper understanding of “whiteness” as a political system of power (i.e., systemic racism) and what we must do to dismantle it. To be silent is to take the side of the oppressors. I refuse to be silent. I refuse to be silenced. We all have a role in this rebirthing. I will lift my voice until true justice rolls down like waters…
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#socialjustice #BlackLivesMatter #Justice #JusticeForFloyd #GeorgeFloyd #JusticeForAhmaud #JusticeForBreonna #Protest #Uprising #AbolishPolice #EndPoliceViolence #Racialjustice #ICantBreathe #SayHerName #SayHisName #SayTheirNames
#visualsoflife #BlackCulture #injustice #SystemicRacism #Racism#Progress #Peace #NoJusticeNoPeace #Arteligent #knowledge #BreonnaTaylor #AhmaudArbery #ForTheCulture

Dr. Artel Great
06/07/2020

Dr. Artel Great

Even in the midst of a national and global denunciation of state-sanctioned police violence against unarmed Black citizens, it's clear that too many police can't seem to help but overstep boundaries of lawfulness. From tasing college students in their car in Atlanta to ripping off the mask of a protestor and spraying him with mace in NYC. To shoving an eldering man to the ground and cracking his skull in Buffalo. And all this occurs when the cameras are ON. These acts of police violence are far too commonplace. That is a major part of the problem we're facing. It shouldn't be hard to imagine the atrocities that take place under the cloak of darkness when no one else can see. And it's time to end the banal platitude claiming that the police violence against Black people is the result of a "few bad apples." I thought one "bad apple" spoiled the bunch? And if so many "bad apples" continue to be produced then common sense tells us there has to be something wrong with the TREE. The tree must be rotten. The tree must be toxic. I'm just saying... #EducateToLiberate Day 5: I’m sharing these educational resources as a direct action for people to share with others or to utilize themselves as tools to develop (and help others develop) a deeper understanding of “whiteness” as a political system of power (i.e., systemic racism) and what we must do to dismantle it. To be silent is to take the side of the oppressors. I refuse to be silent. I refuse to be silenced. We all have a role in this rebirthing. I will lift my voice until true justice rolls down like waters…
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#socialjustice #BlackLivesMatter #Justice #JusticeForFloyd #GeorgeFloyd #JusticeForAhmaud #JusticeForBreonna #Protest#Uprising #Race #AbolishPolice #EndPoliceViolence #Racialjustice #ICantBreathe #SayHerName #SayHisName #SayTheirNames
#BlackCulture #injustice #SystemicRacism #Racism#Progress #Peace #NoJusticeNoPeace #Arteligent #knowledge #BreonnaTaylor #AhmaudArbery #ForTheCulture

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