In celebration of Black History Month, five winning films born out of the 2018 American Black Film Festival (ABFF)’s HBO Short Film Competition are now available to stream on HBO NOW. (The short films will also be available on HBO GO and HBO On Demand for linear subscribers.) With each of the films available now, we hope that you share this news with your readers and followers.
As the founding sponsor of ABFF, now in its 23rd year, HBO continues to showcase quality film and television content by and about people of African descent. Each year, five HBO Short Film Award finalists are chosen to screen their short film at the American Black Film Festival in Miami.Past winning directors of this competition include Ryan Coogler (Black Panther, Creed), Steven Caple Jr. (Creed II), Solvan Naim (“The Blacklist,” “Power”), Kiel Adrian Scott (“The Bobby Brown Story”), and Rashaad Ernesto Green (“Luke Cage”), all of whom have gone on to direct studio films and/or network television episodes.
The HBO Short Film Award finalists’ films available for streaming on Feb. 4, include:
Monday 2/4, 9:45pm- SUITABLE
Tuesday 2/5, 9:45pm – HAIRWOLF
Wednesday 2/6, 9:45pm – EMERGENCY
Thursday 2/7, 9:45pm – MOTHS & BUTTERFLYS
Friday 2/8, 9:45pm – DAYS AFTER YOUR DEPARTURE
EMERGENCY / U.S.A.
Director: Carey Williams
Cast: Darrell Lake, Jason Woods, Peter Pasco, Michael Segovia and Shaw Jones
Synopsis: A group of young Black and Latino boys come home to their worst nightmare: An unconscious White girl on the floor of their apartment. Faced with this emergency, they weigh the pros and cons of calling the police.
HAIR WOLF / U.S.A.
Director: Mariama Diallo
Cast: Kara Young, Taliah Webster, Madeline Weinstein, Trae Harris and Jermaine Crawford
Synopsis: Set in a black hair salon in rapidly gentrifying Brooklyn, New York, the local residents fend off a strange new monster: white women intent on sucking the lifeblood from black culture.
MOTHS & BUTTERFLIES / U.S.A.
Director: Alfonso Johnson
Cast: Amari Cheatom and Gillian Glasco
Synopsis: “Moths” follows Lenny, a socially awkward, schizoaffective man & Cherisse, a high-energy boundless soul, as they try to accept themselves in this New York tale about mental illness, love, and the longing to be understood.
DAYS AFTER YOUR DEPARTURE / Haiti, U.S.A.
Director: Sam Sneed
Cast: Joekenneth Museau
Synopsis: After losing his mother to a years long battle with cancer, Joekenneth Museau is left to question the meaning of his own existence.
SUITABLE / U.S.A.
Director: Thembi L. Banks
Cast: Kelli Jordan, Tiffany Tenille and Derick Anthony
Synopsis: Brandy, a high school tomboy, comes to terms with her sexuality when she decides what she’ll wear to the prom. At its core, this film tackles issues of sexuality, gender and the realities young, black women face as they come-of-age in modern society.