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Exodus FIlmworks is proud to announce its next film HEAVEN. The film will go into production later this year and we need your support. Take a look at the promotional teaser/trailer for the film as well as the behind the scenes featurette. Also, check back momentarily for video updates on the screenwriting, pre-production and production process!

HEAVEN Teaser/Trailer from Exodus Filmworks (Ya'Ke) on Vimeo.


Every reviewer didn’t dig every frame or every story point, but they were all immensely affected by the film, evident in what they wrote. Check out some snippets and click on the links to read the reviews in their entirety.

“The cinematic punch in the gut I so desperately needed before leaving SXSW and AustinTX tomorrow morning,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 – reactions that will undoubtedly lead to fiery discussion centered around the central themes the film tackles.”
–Tambay Obenson, Indiewire: Shadow and Act

” Beautifully shot and heavy with incredible, intense performances, Wolf is a triumphant narrative, absolutely harrowing, and unflinching even at its most uncomfortable moments. Even the secondary performances, such as Carl’s grandmother (Hall), are so perfectly cast and bring their best until you are unable to look away from the screen. The film’s script is tight and fraught with tension, particularly during the religiously poignant moments— a heartwrenching scene of Jaymund struggling to come to terms with his son’s situation by asking if it could be punishment from God for his own infidelities is one example, and it is difficult to watch Nona’s unwavering and unrelenting love for her son war with her innate desire to do the right thing and bring his molester to light.”
–Amanda Rebholz, Planet Fury

“Writer/director Ya’Ke Smith has created a powerful drama about molestation in “Wolf,” which had its SXSW premiere Sunday night at a packed screening room at the Long Center.”
–Charles Ealy, Austin 360

Director Ya’Ke Smith’s first feature length film, “Wolf,” unflinchingly tackles the subject of sexual abuse of a teen by his local bishop. While any movie with similar subject matter as “Wolf” can ofttimes be heavy handed in its morality, I found that Smith has done a fine job of showing a sense of restraint and kept his film grounded in a tight sense of reality. Never once do the characters feel over the top or appear as caricatures. Cooper especially does a great job as the lead, showing a nice depth of emotion that captures both his guilt at what happened but also the complex empathy he feels for a man who has clearly done wrong.
–Noah Hill, Film Threat

“Ya’Ke Smith’s film, Wolf, picks up where Lee’s film went off the rails for good in taking a hot-button social issue and putting the humanity back where it needs to be – with the victims and their family.”
–Erik Childress, eFilmCritic

“Directed by University of Texas at Arlington film professor and San Antonio native Ya’Ke Smith, Wolf is an assured first feature loaded with performances of sustained intensity.”
–Chris Vognar, Dallas Morning News

Excited that the Ozark Foothills Filmfest has decided to screen a collection of my short films and invite me out as a guest filmmaker to be there to represent the work. They’re calling me an Activist Filmmaker.

They’ll be screening Shoppin‘, Hope’s War, The Second Coming and Katrina’s Son. If you’re in Arkansas please come and check it out.

So they’ve slated us to screen before Superfly. This should be fun! Wish I could be there. Hawaii sounds so gooodddd right now! Event details below:

What: Honolulu African-American Film Festival
Where: Honolulu Academy of Arts: Doris Duke Theatre
When:  Sunday Feb 26 01:00 PM
Sunday Feb 26 04:00 PM
Sunday Feb 26 07:30 PM

Nicely done Gayle and UIW!! It was great being back on campus…so many great memories there.

Click here to read the article!

Nicely written Olivia Flores. Beautiful review…makes me want to see this movie! It’s funny that you used the word “Blowjob” in the newspaper. I love it!

Here’s a snippet: “The sense of abandonment and betrayal is palpable as the boy watches his mother stumble away, his innocence and hope both lost in the same moment.”

Click here to check out the entire review

Hometown screening. Very excited!

What: The San Antonio Film Festival
When: Wednesday June 22nd 7:00 P.M.
Where: Instituto Cultural de Mexico

If you’re in the area, please show your support.

What: The San Francisco Black Film Festival
When: Saturday June 18th 8:00 P.M.
Where: Jazz Heritage Center: San Francisco

I am so EXCITED that Exodus Filmwork’s will be making our second Cannes Film Festival appearance. I am so thrilled that Film Festival’s have taken notice and like this baby of mine! Thanks to all the Cast and Crew for making this possible!!!!

What: The Cannes International Film Festival’s Short Film Corner
When: May 11th – May 21st, 2011

What: The Langston Hughes African-American Film Festival
When: Wednesday, May 4th 4:00 P.M.
Where: The Central Cinema