2012 Oscars Could be Golden Moment for Smith

Ya’Ke Smith picked up a camera when he was 15, and never put it down.

The director and assistant professor of film/video/screenwriting in the UT Arlington College of Liberal Arts is now receiving critical acclaim for his work behind the camera. His latest film, “Katrina’s Son,” recently won the 2011 Black Reel Award for Best Indie Short.

“This group has honored filmmaker Spike Lee and actor Wesley Snipes,” Smith said. “You’re in competition with some pretty well-known people. So this is a huge award.”

Scene from Katrinas Son by Yake Smith“Katrina’s Son” tells the story of a young boy who loses his grandmother during Hurricane Katrina and travels to San Antonio in search of the mother who abandoned him years earlier. The film will be shown on Wednesday, Feb. 23 and Thursday, Feb. 24, at the Texas Black Film Festival in Dallas.

In addition to the Black Reel Award, “Katrina’s Son” has been a winner in several major film festivals accredited by The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Such an accomplishment makes Smith eligible to submit his film for the short film category of the 2012 Oscars.

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