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SXSW 2012 Preview - Ya'Ke Smith's Molestation Drama "Wolf"

by Tambay A. Obenson
February 1, 2012 3:48 PM
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And here's the first of what'll likely be a few profiles/previews...

Ya'Ke Smith is a Director’s Guild of America Student Film Award recipient, winner of an HBO Short Film Award and a Student Academy Award Nominee.

We profiled one of his short films last year titled Katrina's Son, which MsWOO mentioned on her list of 20 Cannes Short Film Corner Shorts in 2011.

Wolf, his feature film debut and SXSW 2012 official selection, stars Irma P. Hall, Mikala Gibson, Jordan Cooper, Shelton Jolivette, and Eugene Lee in a story about 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 exorcise his own past demons.


This will be the 86-minute film's world premiere, and it's officially on my list of films to see at the festival which runs from March 9 - 17 (the film section anyway).

No trailer or much media publicly available yet, exept for the still image above.

Watch Smith pitch the project below in a fundraising video he made for the project when he was trying to raise money to get it produced:

Congrats Mr Smith; we'll be watching... something tells me that this is going to be one of those heavily debated films whenever it's released, given the subject matter and Smith's description of it below:

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  • Stacey Muhammad | February 2, 2012 10:46 AMReply

    INCREDIBLE! Congrats!

  • Cinexa | February 2, 2012 10:07 AMReply

    Congrats to Ya'Ke. I met the brother at the Texas Black Film Festival last year, where he showed Katrina's Son. He is an inspiration to all of us Texas Filmmakers. Keep up the good work my brother.

  • Tamara | February 2, 2012 10:06 AMReply

    Holy crikey. This film has my attention.

  • Chinonye | February 1, 2012 8:11 PMReply

    I am super excited about this one!

  • Hattie Montgomery | February 1, 2012 5:28 PMReply

    Thank you for the example you showed while allowing your/our congregation to play apart in this awesome and informative film. You are indeed a blessing and great example of how God can use a faithful and determined young man who put his faith in the gift God gave him. Run on young man and see what the ends gonna be. Best of luck!

  • Ya'Ke | February 1, 2012 4:07 PMReply

    Thanks Tambay. I'm super-excited. TRAILER is coming real soon, I'll shoot it to you when it's complete.

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