The Austin Film Society presents a special fundraising screening of the award-winning drama WOLF, directed by Texas filmmaker Ya'Ke Smith. There will be a Q&A session with the director following the screening. Members of the cast Mikala Gibson, Nadine Mozon, and Euguene Lee will be in attendance along with Yuta Yamaguchi (Director of Photography), Ralph Lopez (Producer) and Derek Nixon (Producer).
The proceeds from this fundraiser will go to the Texas Filmmakers' Production Fund, a program that has awarded 451 grants, totalling over $1.15 million in cash and over $100 K in goods and services to 351 projects.
WOLF tells the story of a family that is shaken to the core when they discover their son has been molested by their pastor. As they struggle to deal with the betrayal, their son heads towards a total mental collapse because of his love for his abuser. The film stars Eugene Lee (LACKAWANNA BLUES, COACH CARTER) Irma P. Hall (THE LADYKILLERS, COLLATERAL) and newcomers Mikala Gibson, Shelton Jolivette and Jordan Cooper.
"Ya'Ke Smith's feature film directorial debut WOLF is an audacious, potent drama that will likely elicit extreme reactions from viewers when it's eventually in general release." - Indiewire: Shadow and Act
"Beautifully shot and heavy with incredible, intense performances, WOLF is a triumphant narrative, absolutely harrowing." - Planet Fury
"...one of the best films of the SXSW Film Festival this year...an emotional powerhouse." - The Movie Critic
"WOLF is executed with great sincerity and is an important film. The actors do a fine job portraying a painful range of emotions, and Smith's direction is solid." - Slackerwood
WOLF Trailer from Exodus Filmworks (Ya'Ke) on Vimeo.
Wednesday, June 6 at 7:00 PM
Alamo Village (2700 West Anderson Lane)
$5 AFS Members & Students with Valid ID / $8 General Public
Official Film Website
Ya’Ke Smith's films have received world-wide acclaim, screening and winning awards at over 80 film festivals, including The Cannes International Film Festival, The American Black Film Festival, The Austin Film Festival, The DC Shorts Film Festival and the Urbanworld Film Festival. His films have also been broadcast on HBO, Showtime, BET and PBS. He is the recipient of a Director’s Guild of America Student Film Award and a Student Academy Award Nomination. His latest short KATRINA'S SON has screened in over 40 film festivals and has been honored with twelve awards. The film is now eligible to be nominated for the 2012 Academy Award for Short Filmmaking. Ya’Ke graduated with his M.F.A from the University of Texas at Austin’s Film Program and is now an Assistant Professor at the University of Texas at Arlington.
AFS is proud to have supported Ya'Ke Smith through the following programs:
TFPF 2011 RECIPIENT
$2,000 in Alpha Cine services for post-production
90 min narrative
Screened as Narrative-in-Progress in 2011
TFPF 2008 RECIPIENT
$3,000 for post-production and distribution
$1,400 in Kodak film stock for production
15 min narrative
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