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Ya’Ke picked up a camera when he was 15, and never put it down. His films have received world-wide acclaim, screening and winning awards at over 30 film festivals, including the Cannes International Film Festival, the Pan African Film and Arts festival, the American Black Film Festival and the Los Angeles Shorts Film Festival. His short "Hope’s War" was the recipient of the Director’s Guild of America Student Film Award, broadcast nationally on Showtime Television's Black Filmmaker Showcase, and was also a finalist of BETJ’s The Best Shorts Film Competition. His film "The Second Coming" was nominated for a Student Academy Award and also won the HBO Short Film Award at the 2007 American Black Film Festival. His latest short "Change" was selected as one of three finalists in the 2009 American Black Film Festival as part of their Allstate Beyond February film competition. Ya’Ke graduated with his Master’s of Fine Arts degree from the University of Texas at Austin’s film program. He is currently in pre-production on his debut feature, which he plans to shoot in the near future.