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Black History Month Speaker - Ya'Ke Smith, "Art Reflecting Life, Life Reflecting Art..." in Cinema
The Office of Multicultural Development cordially invites everyone to come out and hear our Black History Month speaker, award-winning, renowned filmmaker, Ya'Ke Smith. His topic will be, " Art Reflecting Life, Life Reflecting Art: Cinema as a Social Tool". Smith is a filmmaker whose work has won awards at more than 80 film festivals. His short, Katrina's Son, was eligible for the 2012 Academy Award in short filmmaking, and his debut feature, Wolf, won several awards, including the Grand Jury Prize for Best Texas Feature at the Dallas International Film Festival.
During his lecture Smith will discuss his experience as a filmmaker and how his work seeks to debunk negative stereotypes, while sometimes using those same stereotypes to expose truths in the Black community.