Pine Bluff native Warren L. Booker Jr. will premier his first short film, “Strange Fruit,” at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 5, at Second Baptist Church at Little Rock.


“‘Strange Fruit’ is inspired by Abel Meeropol’s poem and Billie Holiday’s song. It provides a unique contrast and comparison of the hangings and lynchings that occurred in the South to the recent deaths of unarmed African American males in America by police officers,” a spokesman said in a news release.


“This short film allows you to see the view points of the officer and the victim’s family by talented Arkansas actors. A remix of ‘Strange Fruit’ arranged/written by Booker will also be featured in the film,” he said.


This film is produced by Why Warren Entertainment Inc., which began as an abstract idea of its founder/owner Booker.


“The minority-owned entertainment/production company produces ‘real life’ productions that most audiences can relate to. However, this is the first short film project produced by the company. A documentary entitled ‘Packingtown’ was produced in 2015. Known by the motto ‘Quality Entertainment with a Meaning, Purpose and Message,’ Why Warren Entertainment expects this project to continue that legacy and leave audiences educated, informed and mesmerized,” he said.


Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 at the door and $20.00 for VIP. Tickets are available via PayPal at www.whywarrenent.webs.com or by calling 501-766-7159 for ticket outlet information.