Film festival to premier Lumbee documentary

Staff report

March 28, 2014

PEMBROKE – Seniors in the Public Relations career track at The University of North Carolina at Pembroke are hosting the second annual Lumbee River Independent Film Festival in the Givens Performing Arts Center, beginning with the premier of a documentary directed by two university professors at 7 p.m. on April 10.

The hour-long documentary, “Voices of the Lumbee,” directed by professors Jason Hutchens and Michele Fazio, highlights the challenges the Lumbee Tribe has faced in the wake of decades of economic downturn in the coastal plains region. It will explore historical factors that have led to modern day Robeson County and tell the stories of various individuals, groups, and organizations that are actively working together to bring forth positive change and growth.

The film festival will also showcase never-before-seen films created by students and independent filmmakers on April 11.

Miss Lumbee Alexis Locklear and Miss Greater Carolina Comfort Johnson will be in attendance at the event. Local band Dark Water Rising will perform an acoustic set before the film festival begins. Door prizes will be raffled off during the intermission and each attendee will be given a chance to purchase raffle tickets and pre-order film festival t-shirts at the information booth during community events or at the door.

Admission is free.

To learn more about the Lumbee River Independent Film Festival, call assistant professor Dr. Dandan Liu at 910-521-6538, email, or visit