Woke | 2017 | Texas Premiere
Directed by Venk Potula
Thu Jun 7 | 6:40 PM
A man and a woman meet by chance on a hot day in a park in the city of Atlanta. Sunny is a Pakistani-American wannabe rapper in search of some inspiration. Rebecca is an African-American activist on the run from a rent-a-cop. He lends her a helping hand, and soon the two are caught in a furious debate about where art and identity intersect.
Genre Narrative Short
Venk Potula is a first generation Indian American filmmaker based out of Los Angeles, CA. He is a graduate of UCLA's School of Theater, Film and Television where he studied Theater and English. While in school, Venk studied filmmaking with professors James Franco, Peter Weller and Charles Haid. After graduating, Venk started a production company where he edits and directs digital branded content for various brands including Bai, Vice Golf, Fnatic, and Warner Sisters. Venk recently shadowed Peter Weller as he directed episodes of TNT's The Last Ship. He is continuing his screenwriting education and practice at UCLA's Writing for Television Professional Program. Venk's acting credits include HBO's VEEP, BET's The Comedy Get Down, and Wild N' Out with Nick Cannon. Venk's editing credits include My America (Official Selection; Los Angeles Film Festival, Hollyshorts Film Festival, New Haven International Film Fest) and Keith Broke His Leg (Winner Best Comedy, Indie Series Award 2016) starring Keith Powell (30 Rock).