Ya'Ke made his first film at the age of 15, while a student at Sam
Houston High School in his native San Antonio, Texas and has yet to look
back. His films have screened at The Cannes International Film
Festival, The Pan African Film and Arts festival, The Sedicorto
International Film Festival Forli and The Los Angeles Shorts Film
Festival, to name a few.
His short Hope's War, was the recipient of the Director's Guild of America Student Film Award, was officially selected to screen at the Cannes Film Festival as part of Kodak's Emerging Filmmaker Showcase, broadcast nationally on Showtime Television's Black Filmmaker Showcase and was a finalist of BETJ's The Best Shorts Film Competition. His latest film, The Second Coming, was nominated for a Student Academy Award and also won the HBO Short Film Award at the American Black Film Festival.
Ya'Ke graduated with his Master's of Fine Arts degree from the University of Texas at Austin's film program, where he now lectures.