The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff’s National Association of Black Journalists (UAPB-NABJ) will hold its first annual Film Festival from 4 to 8 p.m. April 19 as part of events scheduled for Mass Communications Month. The free, public event will be held in the Cross-Phipps auditorium of Caldwell Hall.
The festival will showcase short films and documentaries written, produced and directed by the Radio/TV documentary class taught by Eva Belle, an instructor in the Mass Communications Program at UAPB.
Film director and producer Doug McHenry will be the guest speaker for the event. The Oakland and Danville, California, native studied economics and political science at Stanford. He continued his education at Harvard graduation with a degree in law and business administration. McHenry is an industry renowned Producer, Executive Producer, Director and Music Director. He is co-founder/CEO of Elephant Walk Entertainment and also serves as President and CEO of Atlan Media, Inc. He has held executive positions with several studios including Polygram and Embassy Pictures, where he served as a senior business and financial affairs executive. Under his production company, Elephant Walk Entertainment, McHenry produced many prominent films including “New Jack City”, “Jason’s Lyric”, “A Thin Line Between Love and Hate” and the series of “House Party” films. McHenry has also personally produced and/or directed more than a dozen films as well as several hit TV programs and helped develop the screenplay to Sony’s hit “This Christmas”. Many of the industry’s most successful studios have invested in his production companies, including Warner Brothers, Sony and New Corp’s Twentieth Century Fox.
McHenry serves as a member of the advisory board of eWorldEntertainment, Inc., is a past member of the California Bar, and is on the advisory boards of NAFTC Studios and Gold Coast Productions, as well as eWorld Companies, Inc. He is also a member of the Directors Guild of America, Producer’s Guild of America, and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (Oscar). McHenry has received numerous awards including an ACE for Cable programming excellence and a NAACP Image Award.
For more information about the event, contact Eva Belle at (870) 575-8836.