His critically-lauded feature film debut, Wolf, continues to travel, collecting even more acclaim, and winning over new fans for the director, Ya'Ke Smith, who hasn't wasted anytime getting to work on his follow-up project, a new drama titled Heaven.
And while not seemingly as controversial as some considered Wolf, from all we know thus far, Heaven should be another candid character study of an aggrieved young life.
Here's the logline:
Caught in the brutal world of sex trafficking, a girl attempts escape through her desire to become a ballet dancer.
Mr Smith will direct Heaven from his own script, with both he and his Wolf producer, Ralph Lopez, producing, via Exodus Filmworks.
A teaser for the upcoming drama has been released, and is embedded below.
It stars Amber Merrick as the title character (Heaven), Tim Newkirk, Derrick Smith, Shannon Beacham and Brandon Nguyen.
Yuta Yamaguchi who gave Wolf its visual flair, returns to shoot Heaven as well.
Watch the teaser below: