The DSA Welcomes Ya’Ke Smith
Screenwriter - Director - Filmmaker - Professor
Friday, September 20 at 7:00 PM - KD College Dallas (Doors open at 6:30)
DSA Members are FREE, Non-members Pay $10 at the Door
Widely regarded as one of this generation’s next film directors to watch, Ya’Ke has made a name for himself as a filmmaker with a veracious style of storytelling that takes an unflinching look at issues facing today’s society.
Ya’Ke made his first film at the age of 15, while a student at Sam Houston High School in his native San Antonio, TX and has yet to look back. His films have received world-wide acclaim, screening and winning awards at over 70 film festivals, including The Cannes International Film Festival, The DC Shorts Film Festival, The Austin Film Festival, The Dallas International Film Festival, The BET/Urbanworld Film Festival and The American Black Film Festival. His films have also screened on HBO, Showtime and BET. He is the recipient of a Director’s Guild of America Student Film Award, a regional Student Academy Award and an HBO Short Film Award. His short, Katrina’s Son, screened at over 40-film festivals and won 14 awards. The film was also eligible for the 2012 Academy Award in short filmmaking. His latest film, WOLF, has screened at festivals across North America and has won several awards including the Grand Jury Prize for Best Texas Feature at the Dallas International Film Festival, The Saatchi & Saatchi Nothing is Impossible Producer’s Award at the Martha’s Vineyard African American Film Festival, an Honorable Mention Award at the Urbanworld Film Festival and Audience Choice Awards at both the Little Rock and Sidewalk Film Festivals.
Ya’Ke graduated with his B.A. from the Communication Arts Department at the University of The Incarnate Word and his M.F.A. from the University of Texas at Austin’s film program. He is currently a professor at the University of Texas at Arlington.
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