Film by UAPB graduate to be shown at film festival

The Arkansas Black Independent Film Festival at Little Rock this weekend will include the world premiere of The Beholder, the first film short written and directed by Tenisha Allen, a 2011 graduate of the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff.

“Women all over the world still struggle with the ‘light skin vs. dark skin’ superiority complex,” Allen said about why she wrote The Beholder.

She challenges everyone to question their standards of beauty.

The movie was filmed with the production assistance of Bobby Dandridge and the Black Butterfly Media team and UAPB Instructor of Theatre Alexis M. Skinner. The cast included current UAPB faculty/staff, students and other Pine Bluff musicians and residents who were on hand to perform, and work on crew for the filming of The Beholder.

Supporting cast members were Lauren Akins, Bennu Ankh Re, Carlton Brewer, Danny Burl, Na’Shall Castle, Marquies Carter, Winter Eans, Obafemi Karamoko, and Amirha Singelton. Featured actors were Marchello Eans, Kelsey Newman, Obumneme Nwankwo and Alexis M. Skinner.

Many other films from Arkansas based and internationally known filmmakers will be shown, including Pine Bluff native, Dui Jerrod with his feature film, A Lesson Before Love.

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