Audiences will be offered free popcorn and soft drinks during a free screening of "The Tuskegee Airmen," a 1995 movie filmed at Fort Chaffee in Fort Smith, at the El Dorado Conference Center at 6 p.m. on April 24.
The film screening is sponsored by the performance and media arts program at South Arkansas Community College and is open to the public.
The historical drama concerns the first black pilots in the U.S. military. In 1942, a group of college graduates were selected for training as pilots in the Army Air Corps at the Tuskegee (Ala.) Army Air Field.
The movie follows Hannibal Lee (Laurence Fishburne) through training to impossibly-high standards, Congressional maneuvering, months of no air-combat action and finally acceptance and decoration as one of the 332nd Fighter Group, who never lost a bomber to enemy action.
The HBO film won the NAACP Award for Outstanding TV Movie and three Emmy Awards. Parental discretion is advised because of strong language.
The performance and media arts program includes concentrations in drama, music and film. Film production courses are on the schedule for the summer and fall.