UAPB graduate’s film chosen by North Carolina film festival

“The Beholder,” a short film produced by Tenisha Allen, a May 2011 graduate of the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, was chosen as an official selection of the North Carolina Black Film Festival.

The film has already won an award for Best Actress, honoring Alexis Skinner, UAPB theatre instructor. Filmed on a shoestring budget, this homegrown film needs community support and sponsors to cover the travel expenses of getting the filmmaker and cast to Wilmington, N.C. Allen is setting high goals to bring her film national success.

The young filmmaker exercises her instruction from UAPB’s philosophy department highlighting sibling rivalry. The spin on this classic tug-of-war is unique to people of color and is often an unhealthy stratification which ranks dark skin at the totem pole’s base and lighter skin at the top worms its way into individual self-esteem. Inspired by her own sisters’ struggles rooted in jealous envy seeded by colorism, Allen penned a parable-like script, a story of loving who you are on the threat of losing it.

“The Beholder” is a snapshot of Pine Bluff’s young artist community composed of UAPB students, local designers and musicians. The cast includes Lauren Akins, Bennu Ankh Re, Carlton Brewer, Danny Burl, Na’shall Castle, Marquis Carter, Marchello Eans, Winter Eans, Obafemi Karamoko, Kelsey Newman, Obum Nwankwo, UAPB Student Government Association president, Amirha Singleton and Skinner. “The Beholder” was produced in cooperation with Bobby Dandridge and The Black Butterfly Media team’s production assistance.

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