MACK Performing Arts Collective to host bi-annual film festival at UH-Downtown

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(Last Updated On: March 1, 2019)

Bi-annual film festival continues to add stars, like Marsha Ambrosius, to its lineup. The event takes place October 11-13, 2018 at University of Houston-Downtown.

The MPAC Film Festival is presented by University of Houston’s Center for Critical Race Studies in collaboration with MACK Performing Arts Collective (MPAC), a 501(c)(3) non-profit arts organization dedicated to “Cultivating the Interest of Visual &Performing Arts by Exposing, Educating and Entertaining.” With a heavy spotlight now being placed on this bi-annual festival, more and more pronounced stars are starting to gravitate participating with the three-day MPAC event. The MPAC Film Festival is pleased to announce the participation and addition of Grammy Award-nominated artist Marsha Ambrosius to its fall 2018 lineup. Last festival’s special guest was actress Kim Fields.

“These are independent films, mostly shorts, that draw upon the spirit of a major festival with more of a local feel,” said Jalene Mack, founder of MPAC. “The last event had over 800 attendees. The festival is designed to make an economic impact on local business.”

MPAC collaborates with University of Houston-Downtown’s Center for Critical Race Studies to not only introduce independent films, but also to host engaging forums among students, their peers, industry professionals, educators, and the celebrities who are gravitating to the festival.

Marsha Ambrosius will interact with festival attendees October 11 alongside Jillian JJ Simmons, I’m Me Foundation founder and author of Respect My Crown. A special screening of 5th Ward TV Series with Creator talk back Greg Carter – producer, director, writer special presentation of “Canal Street” Clips & Conversation with Rhyan LaMarr executive producer, writer and director.


City of Houston Councilmember Dwight Boykin, HBO Talent Acquisition Caroline Garcia, Joe Newcomb financier of Dallas Buyers Club, 5th Ward TV Show Creator Greg Carter, Canal Street Movie Director Ryan LaMarr, Dominique Telson of Astute Films, Marketing Consultant Velma Trayham of Thinkzilla Consulting Group, Headkrack of Dish Nation & The Rickey Smiley Morning Show, Media Personality Kiana Dancie, and many others.

The film festival is free for registered high school students; and at a reduce cost to area university students see for more information.

Full festival schedule and activities can be found at

MACK Performing Arts Collective to host bi-annual film festival at UH-Downtown