The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff’s National Association of Black Journalists (UAPB-NABJ) will hold its first annual Film Festival from 4-8 p.m. Wednesday, April 19, in Caldwell Hall Auditorium as part of events scheduled for Mass Communications Month.


The film festival will showcase short films and documentaries written, produced and directed by Eva Belle’s Radio/TV documentary class. Belle is an instructor in the Mass Communications Program at UAPB.


Doug McHenry, a film director and producer, will be the guest speaker for the event. McHenry’s films include, New Jack City, A Thin Line Between Love and Hate, and House Party 2. He also directed the film, Jason’s Lyric which stars Jada Pinkett Smith, Allen Payne and Forest Whittaker. McHenry will screen and discuss Jason’s Lyric during the film festival.


The Film Festival will be held each year and plans include extending it to other Historically Black Colleges and Universities. The event is free and open to the public.