Sounds Like Heaven

AFF presents a new Ya'Ke Smith script reading

Ya'Ke Smith
Ya'Ke Smith (Photo by Todd V. Wolfson)

As script readings at the Austin Film Festival go, Vince Gilligan's 2 Face might've gotten all the glory, but Wednesday's Heaven has all the guts.

Heaven is the forthcoming project from Texas filmmaker Ya'Ke Smith, whose debut feature, Wolf premiered at South by Southwest in 2012. In one brief synopsis, the film's plot is described thus: "Caught in the brutal world of sex trafficking, a girl attempts escape through her desire to become a ballet dancer."

Starring in that lead role is Hope Olaide Wilson (Tyler Perry's I Can Do Bad All by Myself), but when a trailer was shot for the project six moths ago, that wasn't the case.

Regardless, check out the trailer below to get a peek at one scene (though not explicit, content is not safe for work), then hear the full script reading this afternoon as part of the "Filmmaker's Frontier: Script-to-Screen in the Lone Star State" panel (4:15pm, Rollins Theatre at the Long Center).

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

Keep up with all our Austin Film Festival coverage, including panel recaps, photo galleries, and film reviews, at

More Austin Film Festival
<i>I, Tonya</i> Smashes Into AFF
I, Tonya Smashes Into AFF
Biopic of ice skating's greatest scandal and more for fest

Richard Whittaker, Oct. 10, 2017

Walter Hill, Keenen Ivory Wayans for AFF
Walter Hill, Keenen Ivory Wayans for AFF
Writer-centric film festival awarding boundary-busting pioneers

Richard Whittaker, Sept. 7, 2017

More by Monica Riese
A Paramount Slate
A Paramount Slate
Paramount and Stateside programming heats up

April 3, 2014

Board Games and More
Board Games and More
Announcements from the Austin Film Society

April 2, 2014


Austin Film Festival, Austin Film Festival 2013, Ya'Ke Smith, Wolf, Heaven, Tyler Perry's I Can Do Bad All by Myself, Hope Olaide Wilson

AC Daily, Events and Promotions, Luvdoc Answers

Breaking news, recommended events, and more

Official Chronicle events, promotions, and giveaways

Updates for SXSW 2017

All questions answered (satisfaction not guaranteed)