Aug. 25

4:00 PM
Live on Facebook


Madeline Anderson in conversation with Louis Massiah and Michelle Materre

Madeline Anderson, at 92 years of age, has lived many lives. She has been cited as the first Black woman producer and director of a televised documentary film and as the in-house producer and director of Sesame Street and The Electric Company. Her work chronicling the history of the Civil Rights movement includes both Integration Report 1 (1960), which traces the events leading up to the first attempt at a march on Washington, D.C., and I Am Somebody (1970), which focuses on the plight and resistance of 400 Black woman hospital workers, who organized and striked in 1969 for fair pay and unionization in Charleston. In this conversation, fellow film veterans and kindred cultural workers Louis Massiah and Michelle Materre talk with Madeline about her life’s experiences and her take on the current historical moment.

This panel is free and open to the public. It will stream live with closed captioning on August 25th from this web page as well as BlackStar’s Facebook page.

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Louis Massiah

Filmmaker/Founding Director, Scribe Video Center

Louis Massiah is an independent film maker who explores historical and political subjects. His works include W.E.B. Du Bois – A Biography in Four Voices, a collaboration with the writers Toni Cade Bambara, Amiri Baraka, Wesley Brown and Thulani Davis; Louise Alone Thompson Patterson: In Her Own Words, and the five screen video installation The President’s House: Freedom and Slavery in the Making of a New Nation. He is the producer/director of The Bombing of Osage Avenue and Power! and A Nation of Law?, for the Eyes on the Prize II series. Other works include: Cecil B. Moore, Trash!; My Own Boss; Digging Dinosaurs, and How to Make a Flower: La Méthode MOBO, a portrait of artists Robert Tomlinson and Makoto Ishiwa. He was commissioned by Princeton University to direct Gifts, a portrait of Toni Morrison. He is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. His body of work have helped earn him a MacArthur Foundation “genius grant” fellowship.



Michelle Materre

Producer and College Professor

As Associate Professor of Media Studies and Film at The New School, Michelle Materre is also currently the Director of the Media Management Graduate program in the School of Media Studies. Materre’s professional background incorporates multiple areas of expertise 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 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, 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 and awarded the Film Heritage Award by the National Society of Film Critics. Another series presented in March 2017 at BAMcinématek, “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” and 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.



Madeline Anderson

I grew up in Lancaster, Pennsylvania in the 1930’s and 40’s. My early childhood and teen years were shaded by the national gloom cast by the Great depression of 1929 and the duration of world War II. Black people in the city of Lancaster were segregated to a crowded section of the Seventh Ward. My family and I lived in a shack in the poorest section of the Ward. I started going to the movies when I was seven years old, as a tag along to my oldest brother. Young children are vulnerable. Although I couldn’t name it, I felt it’s pain when I saw Hollywood constantly depicting my people as lazy, ignorant, comical servants and side-kicks. It became my dream to try to change those images. My life as a fourteen year activist, influenced me to make films about real people in the struggle for justice and equality. Their powerful images would not only challenge Hollywood’s attempt to belittle our humanity; but it was my hope that they would also serve as a call to action. In spite of a dauntless journey; by God’s Grace, and earned opportunity; I have been able to make a small contribution to my goal. I also have the honor of two of my films available for future generations to study and enjoy: Integration Report I in the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History Of Culture and I Am Somebody in the National Register of the Library of Congress.