– Among the many films premiering at the 2012 South by Southwest (SXSW) Conferences
and Festivals in Austin, will be one written and directed by University of
Texas at Arlington assistant professor and filmmaker Ya’Ke Smith.
first feature film, “Wolf,” tells the story of a family shaken to the core when
they discover their son has been molested. As they struggle to deal with the betrayal,
their son heads towards a total mental collapse because of his love for his
abuser, while his abuser attempts to exercise his own past demons.
whose previous short film “Katrina’s Son” played at more than 80 film festivals
and was eligible for the 2012 Oscar, calls his latest offering the most
difficult thing he’s ever done.
is such a complex theme, but a very timely subject,” Smith said. “I wanted to
make sure that I approached it with grace, not judgment.”
said his hope for the film is that it will shed light on the vicious cycle of
sexual abuse, so that victims can understand that they’re not alone and step
out of the shadows of silence that have kept them bound.
Hower, chairman of the UT Arlington Department
of Art and Art History, where Smith
teaches film screenwriting and directing courses, called Smith’s contributions
to the University’s film program significant.
continues to challenge the students to improve and use the power of the film to
express themselves and also to better understand their world,” Hower said. “His
new feature ‘Wolf’ is a powerful piece that will create conversation. The
cinematography, storytelling and message will stay with you long after you
leave the theater.”
is quick to praise UT Arlington faculty and staff for their support of his
Art Department was very instrumental in the completion of ‘Wolf.’ My colleagues
created an environment where I could work on the project and the University
helped out tremendously with small monetary support,” he said.
WOLF Screenings at SXSW:
7:30 - 8:56 p.m. Sunday, March 11 - Canon Screening Room
4 - 5:26 p.m. Tuesday, March 13 - Alamo Lamar C
4:30 - 5:56 p.m. Friday, March 16 - Stateside Theatre
Single admission ticket price: $10
says his next step includes the continuation of his faculty career, adding that
he has never stopped teaching. He is also in the writing process for his next
film, “Heaven.” When asked what it was about, Smith responded: “Can’t say much
except that it is part dance film and part gritty drama.”
gets underway Friday, March 9 with more than 5,000 events and exhibits at the
Austin Convention Center, 500 East Cesar Chavez Street. The film screenings will
be held at the center and at nearby venues, including the Paramount Theatre on
Congress and 7th; The State at Congress and 8th; and The Ritz 1 & 2 on
interactive portion of the nine-day festival winds down March 13; the film festival
ends March 17; the music events end March 18. Visit www.sxsw.com for conference registration details.
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