Award-Winning Filmmaker Joins Art Faculty

Ya’Ke Smith, widely regarded as one of today’s most promising young film directors, has joined the faculty of the University of Texas at Arlington. The founder and CEO of Exodus Filmworks is now a tenure-track assistant professor in the film program in the Department of Art and Art History.

Smith’s films have received worldwide acclaim, screening and winning awards at more than 40 film festivals, including The Cannes International Film Festival and The American Black Film Festival. His films have screened on HBO, Showtime and BET J.

“Ya’Ke’s films have compelling stories that take an unvarnished look at today’s issues,” said Robert Hower, chairman of the Department of Art and Art History. “He has a very bright future in the film industry, and we are excited about what he will bring to students in our film program.”

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SOURCE: Sue Stevens, Media Relations

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