TwitterFacebookPinterestGoogle+

ABFF 2016: HBO Short Film Finalists Explore Stories that Mirror the Black Experience

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (FNN News) — The Colony Theatre hosted this year’s HBO Short Film Competition during the 2016 American Black Film Festival Thursday night. Filmmakers and celebrities alike graced the red carpet, including Dule Hill (Psych, Ballers), Jazmyn Simon (Ballers), Jacob Anderson (Game of Thrones), Tobias Truvillion (Empire), and HBO Corporate Social Responsibility Vice President Dennis Williams. Cast and crew on the red carpet included those from finalist shorts “Ugly,” “Flowers,” “On Time,” and “The Big Chop.” Some, like director Derek Dow (“The Big Chop”) are ABFF first timers, while others, like Nikyatu Jusu (co-writer and co-director, “Flowers”) are returning talents–this is Jusu’s third year in the competition.

The nineteenth annual competition was hosted by effervescent media personality Bevy Smith, who has faithfully hosted the competition for over ten years. The competing shorts each delved into painful, relatable subjects.

“On Time,” directed by Xavier Neal-Burgin, was inspired by the true story of the mother in Oklahoma who, for lack of a babysitter and need of work, left her young daughter alone in her car to go on a job interview.

Jusu’s “Flowers” explores what happens when two Brooklyn teens seek revenge on their teacher and their seemingly perfect plan spirals out of control.

“Ugly” follows young Doug, an intelligent outcast who wants desperately to fit in, and through his association with the beautiful Kay, does, but potentially at the cost of his true identity.

Dow’s “The Big Chop” explores the universal importance of self-love and acceptance inspired by the screenwriter’s own emotional natural hair journey, going from Afro to perm to the big chop.

“Gubagude Ko,” directed by Philiane Phang, takes viewers on a young woman’s harrowing journey with a young woman who loses her memory due to corrective rape. As the recovery promises a light at the end of the tunnel, she’s faced with an intense double-revelation that shakes her world.

The HBO Short Film Award will be presented at ABFF’s “The Best of the Festival” Awards ceremony Saturday, June 19, 2016.

 

 

Mellissa Thomas is Editor of the Florida National News. The Jamaica-born author and journalist is a decorated U.S. Navy veteran with degrees in Entertainment Business and Film. She also helps business owners, CEOs, executives, and speakers double their income and clinch the credibility they deserve by walking them step by step through the process of developing, completing, marketing, and publishing their first book.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

POLITICS & POWER NEWS

National Politics

[OPINION] Illegal Drug Smuggling: Will Trump's Wall Stop it All?

PORT HUENEME, Ca. (FNN NEWS) - The drug epidemic in the United States is staggering,…

US says Alabama woman who joined Islamic State can’t return

WASHINGTON (AP) — An Alabama woman who left home to join the Islamic State group…

US mining sites dump 50M gallons of fouled wastewater daily

RIMINI, Mont. (AP) — Every day many millions of gallons of water loaded with arsenic,…

Trump calls for bipartisanship, a hard line on immigration

WASHINGTON (AP) — Face to face with emboldened Democrats, President Donald Trump called on Washington…

STATE & LOCAL POLITICS

Governor Ron DeSantis Participates in Florida Space Day

Tallahassee, Fla. – Tuesday, Governor Ron DeSantis participated in several events to commemorate Florida Space Day…

Governor Ron DeSantis Asks President Donald Trump to Headquarter United States Space Command in Florida

Tallahassee, Fla. – Today, Governor Ron DeSantis sent a letter to President Donald Trump requesting that the…

Governor Ron DeSantis Appoints Noah Valenstein as Secretary of the Department of Environmental Protection

Tallahassee, Fla. – Today, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of Noah Valenstein to serve as…

U.S. Postal Service Operations Don’t Stop – Even On Holidays

ORLANDO FL –   On Monday, Feb. 18, the country will mark the Presidents’ Day national holiday. …

FNN SPORTS

  • New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman (left) and quarterback Tom Brady (right) celebrated their Super Bowl LIII victory Monday, Feb. 4, 2019, at Walt Disney World Resort. The pair participated in a parade with Mickey Mouse, waving to cheering fans as they traveled down Main Street, U.S.A. at Magic Kingdom Park. Photo: Kent Phillips for Walt Disney World Resorts.
    LAKE BUENA VISTA (FNN SPORTS) - Patriots Stars Tom Brady and Julian Edelman Celebrate Super Bowl Win with Parade at Walt Disney World Resort (Photo: Kent Phillips for Disney)

MORE SPORTS NEWS

Orlando City Invitational: Orlando Ravages New England 6-2 for Tournament Win

ORLANDO, Fla. (FNN SPORTS) - The Orlando City Lions faced off against the New England…

Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Andre Ellington

TAMPA, Fla. - The Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced Tuesday the team has signed running back Andre…

Jacksonville Jaguars cut kicker Kai Forbath

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Jacksonville Jaguars have released seventh-year K Kai Forbath, the club announced today. Forbath appeared…

Michael Annett Wins NASCAR Racing Experience 300 for 1st NASCAR Xfinity Series Victory

DAYTONA BEACH – Michael Annett led the last 45 laps Saturday to win the NASCAR Racing Experience…

Orlando City Invitational: Orlando City Lions Bind NYCFC with 2-1 Win

ORLANDO, Fla. (FNN SPORTS) - The Orlando City Lions hosted NYCFC in the second matchup…

NHL: Lightning Erupt in First Period to Blank Stars, 6-0

TAMPA BAY, Fla. (FNN SPORTS) - Tampa Bay Lightning captain Steven Stamkos scored two goals…

BUSINESS NEWS

  • VIDEO | FLORIDA | ORLANDO, Fla. (FNN NEWS) – VIDEO: West Lakes Orlando Business Incubator Gets $2000,000 Funding Boost from JPMorgan Chase
    VIDEO | FLORIDA | ORLANDO, Fla. (FNN NEWS) – VIDEO: West Lakes Orlando Business Incubator Gets $2000,000 Funding Boost from JPMorgan Chase

MORE BUSINESS NEWS

An error occured during creating the thumbnail.

Craigslist founder donates $15 million for journalism ethics

PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — The founder of Craigslist says he will donate $15 million to…

An error occured during creating the thumbnail.

US charges against Huawei could inflame China trade talks

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration’s unveiling of criminal charges against the Chinese tech giant…

An error occured during creating the thumbnail.

[VIDEO] Governor Rick Scott Announces Florida Gained 23,000 New Jobs in November

ORLANDO, Fla. (FNN NEWS) - Florida Governor and Senator-elect Rick Scott announced that Florida gained…

An error occured during creating the thumbnail.

[VIDEO] Aloft Orlando Downtown Welcomes RedCarpetMonday Orlando's Best in Business

ORLANDO, Fla. (FNN NEWS) - Red Carpet Monday returned to Aloft Orlando Downtown to host its final…

An error occured during creating the thumbnail.

Stocks plunge to 8-month lows on China fears; J&J nosedives

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks are staggering Friday after weak economic data from China has…

An error occured during creating the thumbnail.

U.S. Postal Service Prepared For The Holidays

ORLANDO, FL — The U.S. Postal Service is prepared for the holiday season and will offer extended…

ENTERTAINMENT NEWS

MORE ENTERTAINMENT NEWS

[OPINION] Jussie Smollett Case Leaves More Questions than Answers

CHICAGO, Ill. (FNN NEWS) - The healines blared, "Empire star Jussie Smollett attacked in possible…

21 Savage’s English origins stun fans of the Atlanta rapper

LOS ANGELES (AP) — It was a shock for fans when 21 Savage was taken…

Patriots Stars Tom Brady and Julian Edelman Celebrate Super Bowl Win with Parade at Walt Disney World Resort

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (FNN NEWS) – Source: Walt Disney World Resort // Amid a throng…

2019 Oscar nominations list

LOS ANGELES, CA – Actor-comedian and Oscar®–nominated writer Kumail Nanjiani and actress–producer–director Tracee Ellis Ross…

Bad headlines for Trump also means ratings slump for Hannity

NEW YORK (AP) — The drumbeat of bad news for President Donald Trump hasn't been good for…

Kevin Bacon's SixDegrees.org is Partnering with SOS Children's Villages USA to Support Vulnerable Children and Youth in the United States through the #HomecomingChallenge

WASHINGTON -- Kevin Bacon's SixDegrees.orgis partnering with SOS Children's Villages USA to raise money and awareness for SOS's extraordinary work, using…

LIFESTYLE, TRAVEL & TOURISM

  • OPINION | WASHINGTON, D.C. (FNN NEWS) - Melania Trump Dreams of a Very Red Christmas | Photo: @FLOTUS/Twitter

MORE LIFESTYLE NEWS

An error occured during creating the thumbnail.

26th Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival Blooms for 90 Days at Walt Disney World Resort

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – New sights, sounds and flavors of spring will envelop Walt…

An error occured during creating the thumbnail.

Orange Soil & Water Conservation Chair Daisy Morales Issues Statement on Gov. DeSantis Water Reforms

ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. (FNN NEWS) - Orange Soil & Water Conservation District Board Chair and…

An error occured during creating the thumbnail.

Governor Ron DeSantis Announces Major Water Policy Reforms

Tallahassee, Fla. – Today, Governor Ron DeSantis signed Executive Order 19-12 (Achieving More Now For Florida’s…

An error occured during creating the thumbnail.

Chairman Daisy Morales Pursues Hundreds of Thousands in Funding for Orange Soil & Water Conservation District

ORLANDO, Fla. (FNN NEWS) - Orange Soil and Water Conservation District Board Chairman and Supervisor…

An error occured during creating the thumbnail.

[WATCH] Lake Nona Holds its First-Ever Latino Community Event

ORLANDO, Fla. (FNN NEWS) - Nonahood Latino, sister to Nonahood News, hosted the Vispera De…

An error occured during creating the thumbnail.

Connected cars accelerate down data-collection highway

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — That holiday trip over the river and through the woods to…