Woke Poster Atlanta Comedy Film Festival Summer 2018

Artist Bio

Director of 'Woke' 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. 


  • Film Title: "Woke"
  • Director: Venk Potula
  • Runtime: 10 minutes 30 seconds
  • Category: Comedy Short Film 
  • Tagline: "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."

Cast & Credits

  • Director: Venk Potula
  • Writer: Leland Frankel
  • Producer: Leland Frankel
  • Producer: Venk Potula
  • Key Cast: Kiah Alexandria Clingman
  • Key Cast: Jock McKissick
  • Director of Photography: Jason Cermak
  • Editor: Venk Potula
  • Casting Director: Indra Dattagupta
  • First Assistant Director: Jafa Fielder
  • Second Assistant Director: Janna Koffman
  • Script Supervisor: Erika Miranda
  • Sound Mixer: J.L. Bolden
  • Digital Intermediate Technician: Ryland Lu
  • Colorist: Tawan Bazemore
  • Sound Designer: Carlo Scrignaro
  • Production Assistant: Gabrielle Moore
  • On-Set Photographer: Austin Brooks
  • Original Music: Stephen Spies
  • Original Music: Venk Potula

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