Professor of Entertainment & Media Studies - University of Georgia
Booker T. Mattison is an author and filmmaker who wrote the screenplay for 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."
Mattison's 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.
Mattison's most recent short film "Bird" is the story of a college track star training for the Olympics who is accused of a crime. It has screened at the National Black Writers Conference in New York, the Urbanworld Film Festival and Hampton, Norfolk State, Bethune-Cookman and Stetson Universities.
Mattison's sophomore novel Snitch received a starred review in Publishers Weekly that said, "Author and filmmaker Mattison's sophomore outing reads like its ready for screen adaptation... Mattison has a superb ear and his skills keep on growing." Mattison has adapted the novel into a feature length screenplay that he is currently shopping for production.
Mattison's debut novel Unsigned Hype was nominated for a South Carolina Book Award in the Young Adult Category. He is currently working on his third novel Friendship Village.
Mattison 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.
Mattison has taught at the College of New Rochelle, Brooklyn College and Regent and Hampton Universities. Presently, he teaches film and television production and screenwriting in the Department of Entertainment and Media Studies at the University of Georgia (Go Dawgs!).