4:00 PM, 3 October 2020
¡Cine Resistencia! Featuring Dear Bruh and Brother
Sponsored by Red Salmon Arts
Dear Bruh: A Eulogy. A Baptism. A Call to Action
This is a eulogy for the slain, a baptism for the minds of those enraged, and it’s a call to action. To my brothers and sisters that have been murdered in cold blood by a racist system that excuses its actions at every turn–I honor you, I salute you, I mourn you, and more than that I AM YOU. My tears of grief water the earth. My shouts of revolution fill the air. My raised hands cut through the pain. And my body stands in the gap as I fight to bring your killers to justice.
The Beginning and Ending of Everything
Angelita returns home from prison in hopes of reuniting with the young child she left behind. When she discovers the child is nowhere to be found, she goes on a quest to find the baby, her hope, and her reason for living.
Ya’Ke Smith, known for his unflinching and veracious style of storytelling, is a rising voice in independent cinema.
His films have received world-wide acclaim, screening and winning awards at over 100 film festivals. The Director’s Guild of America, the Student Academy Awards, HBO, Showtime, the City of Buffalo, NY, which proclaimed February 23, 2013 as Ya’Ke Smith Day and the city of Cincinnati, OH which proclaimed October 6, 2019 as Ya’Ke Smith Day, have honored him. His short, “Katrina’s Son,” screened at over 40-film festivals and won 14 awards. The film was also eligible for the 2012 Academy Award in short filmmaking. His debut feature, “WOLF”, which NPR called “an impressive piece by a young director,” premiered at the SXSW Film Festival and has gone on to screen and win awards at festivals across North America. The film is now available for download via several Video-on-Demand outlets. His short film, “dawn.”, made its television premiere on HBO in February of 2015, and screened on the network for two years. The film was also streamed as part of Issa Rae’s Short Film Sunday series on her YouTube channel. His web-series “The Beginning and Ending of Everything” is currently streaming on the digital platform A Space for Creators. Currently Ya’Ke has two projects on the film festival circuit, “Brother,” which won top honors at the Alternative Fiction Film Festival and Curators Choice at the Walla Walla Film Crush, and “Edwin,” which screened as part of the PBS Online Film Festival.
Ya’Ke has been featured on NPR, CNN, HLN, Ebony Online, Indiewire, Filmmaker Magazine and Shadow&Act.
Ya’Ke graduated with his B.A. from the Communication Arts Department at the University of The Incarnate Word, where he later became the youngest recipient of the Alumni of Distinction for Professional Achievement award. He received his M.F.A. from the University of Texas at Austin’s film program, where he is currently an Associate Professor of film and the Associate Dean of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in the Moody College of Communication. He was previously the Morgan Woodward Distinguished Professor of Film at the University of Texas at Arlington. Variety magazine named him one of the best film educators in the world.
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After viewing the two films, we have a Q&A with filmmaker, Ya’Ke.
Red Salmon Arts is a 501(c)3 grassroots cultural arts organization, with a thirty-year history of working with the indigenous neighborhoods of Austin. RSA is dedicated to the development of emerging writers and the promotion of Chican@/Latin@/Native American literature, providing outlets and mechanisms for cultural exchange, and sharing in the retrieval of a people’s cultural heritage with a commitment to social justice.
Cine Resistencia: A Summer Film Series showcasing the work of nascent and veteran filmmakers, media makers, producers, and directors that highlights Chicana/o/x//Latina/o/x/Native American-centered documentaries, shorts, features, and works-in-progress.
Resistencia Books, Casa de Red Salmon Arts, is a neighborhood center for aspiring writers, providing quality literature to Austin communities since 1983. Specializing in indigenous, Native American, Chicana/o/x, Mexicana/o/x/, Latinx/@, African American, queer, feminist, and children’s bilingual literature.
This project is supported in part by the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department.