Department Colloquium: Booker T. Mattison

Fine Arts Building Room 53
Booker T. Mattison

Professor Booker T. Mattison is a film director, screenwriter, and novelist who joined the faculty of Grady’s Entertainment and Media Studies Department this year. He will screen his most recent 10-minute narrative film, “Bird” (2015), which is the story of a college track star training for the Olympics who is accused of a crime. “Bird” has screened at the National Black Writers Conference in New York, the Urbanworld Film Festival and Hampton, Norfolk State, Bethune-Cookman and Stetson Universities. He will also discuss his current film project.

Professor Mattison wrote and directed the film adaptation of Zora Neale Hurston's classic story "The Gilded Six Bits," which aired on Showtime. It starred Chad L. Coleman ("The Walking Dead," "The Wire") in his first leading role. The film also starred T'keyah Crystal Keymah ("That's So Raven," "In Living Color"), Wendell Pierce ("The Wire" "Treme'") and Novella Nelson ("The Antwone Fisher Story"). The Hollywood Reporter said, "Mattison's direction and feel for her characters match up to Hurston’s sterling piece of fiction...full of atmosphere and strongly developed characters."

His film "Habeas Corpus" starred Chad L. Coleman, Tim Reid ("Sister Sister" "WKRP in Cincinnati"), Jamie Hector ("The Wire," "Heroes") and Lee Chamberlin ("All My Children" "The Electric Company"). "Habeas Corpus" has won six film festival awards to date and can be streamed on KweliTV.

He received his Master of Fine Arts in film and television from the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University and his Bachelor of Science in mass communication from Norfolk State University. Prior to coming to UGA he taught at the College of New Rochelle, Brooklyn College and Regent and Hampton Universities.
  • Friday, February 23, 2018 at 12:20 pm