ABFF Independent

ABFF Independent

2014 - 2017, Other
A showcase of short films and documentaries from the American Black Film Festival.

Episode Guide

  • ABFF Independent - End of Story (Season 6 Episode 609)
    Season 6 Episode 609:

    End of Story

    Jasmine, a rising executive and loving wife who seems to have it all, hides a secret.

  • ABFF Independent - Behind the Lens (Season 6 Episode 8)
    Season 6 Episode 8:

    Behind the Lens

    Innovative directors tell stories.

  • ABFF Independent - We Matter (Season 6 Episode 7)
    Season 6 Episode 7:

    We Matter

    A collection of films.

  • ABFF Independent - Conditional Love (Season 6 Episode 6)
    Season 6 Episode 6:

    Conditional Love

    Three shorts try to give the answer of whether or not affection has limits and if love sometimes comes with strings attached.

  • ABFF Independent - School House Rock (Season 6 Episode 5)
    Season 6 Episode 5:

    School House Rock

    Three tales of adventures in adolescence that go beyond the typical after school special; "My Girl Rose"; "Seventh Grade"; "Lia."

  • ABFF Independent - Situation-Ship (Season 6 Episode 4)
    Season 6 Episode 4:


    Stories that examine how we handle affairs of the heart, office politics, and family loyalty.

  • ABFF Independent - Growing Pains (Season 6 Episode 3)
    Season 6 Episode 3:

    Growing Pains

    Trials and tribulations of teen years.

  • ABFF Independent - All the Way Up (Season 6 Episode 2)
    Season 6 Episode 2:

    All the Way Up

    Three stories about individuals forced to stand up against adversity, and the hard choices involved in doing so.

  • ABFF Independent - One Love (Season 6 Episode 1)
    Season 6 Episode 1:

    One Love

    Three short films: "Sacred Heart," "The Groom's Price," and "Because Love" set in different corners of the globe, examine the question of how a person knows when they've found thier true soulmate.

  • ABFF Independent - Films in the Key of Life (Season 5 Episode 9)
    Season 5 Episode 9:

    Films in the Key of Life

    First-person narratives about life, passion and determination.

  • ABFF Independent - WHAT?!?! (Season 5 Episode 8)
    Season 5 Episode 8:


    A collection of films exploring the imagination and the surreal.

  • ABFF Independent - We've Got Jokes (Season 5 Episode 7)
    Season 5 Episode 7:

    We've Got Jokes

    A pair of films which explore the irony in life.

  • ABFF Independent - Child's Play (Season 5 Episode 6)
    Season 5 Episode 6:

    Child's Play

    The stories of children and their unique characteristics which allow them to overcome problems.

  • ABFF Independent - The Struggle is Real (Season 5 Episode 5)
    Season 5 Episode 5:

    The Struggle is Real

    A collection of films dealing with personal, professional and spiritual challenges.

  • ABFF Independent - Embrace Your Gifts (Season 5 Episode 4)
    Season 5 Episode 4:

    Embrace Your Gifts

    Moving stories of individuals determined to pursue their dreams.

  • ABFF Independent - Black Stories Matter (Season 5 Episode 3)
    Season 5 Episode 3:

    Black Stories Matter

    A collection of short films which examine black life from the black perspective.

  • ABFF Independent - Love Changes (Season 5 Episode 2)
    Season 5 Episode 2:

    Love Changes

    A collection of short films which explore the gamut of emotions that accompany love.

  • ABFF Independent - The Roads Not Taken (Season 5 Episode 1)
    Season 5 Episode 1:

    The Roads Not Taken

    A collection of short films which explore moral quandaries and how circumstances influence judgment.

  • ABFF Independent - Stranger Than Fiction (Season 4 Episode 7)
    Season 4 Episode 7:

    Stranger Than Fiction

    "Stranger Than Fiction" shows highly visual, innovative films with multiple twists and turns that cross genres of comedy, drama, sci-fi, and even horror.

  • ABFF Independent - Back Against the Wall (Season 4 Episode 6)
    Season 4 Episode 6:

    Back Against the Wall

    Featuring short films about getting in and out of tight jams; these are stories about how to handle it when one's back is against the wall.

  • ABFF Independent - Words Not Spoken (Season 4 Episode 5)
    Season 4 Episode 5:

    Words Not Spoken

    Short films explore the desire to be heard and the struggle to find the right words, including "The End Again", "Emancipation", "Solace", "Voicemail", "Who Do You Know?" and "Love Escapes Us."

  • ABFF Independent - What Would You Do? (Season 4 Episode 4)
    Season 4 Episode 4:

    What Would You Do?

    Short films about tough choices and life-changing pursuits, including "First Grade Picture", "The New Me", "Q.U.E.E.N.", "Fill Me In", "The Exchange", "Sweet", "Sweet Country" and "Speed Dial."

  • ABFF Independent - Family Matters (Season 4 Episode 3)
    Season 4 Episode 3:

    Family Matters

    Short films about familial bonds, including "What About Us?", "The Remarkable Story of Ernestine Shepherd", "Hands to the Sky", "For Colored Boys", "Redemption" and "Late Night Creep."

  • ABFF Independent - Matters of the Heart (Season 4 Episode 2)
    Season 4 Episode 2:

    Matters of the Heart

    Short films that tug at the heartstrings, including "Katrina's Son", "A Geek's Guide to Love & Romance", "Nick of Time", "Faux Pas" and "Zero."

  • ABFF Independent - Protect & Serve (Season 4 Episode 1)
    Season 4 Episode 1:

    Protect & Serve

    Short films explore law enforcement from different perspectives, including "Little Africa", "Public Enemy No. 1", "Rites", "Hello, My Name Is Trouble" and "Two Days in Harlem."

  • ABFF Independent - A Day in the Life (Season 3 Episode 7)
    Season 3 Episode 7:

    A Day in the Life

    A showcase of short films features day-in-the-life stories, including "Long Story Short," "For Flow," "14085," "The Real T," and "You Can Touch My Hair."

  • ABFF Independent - Hope Floats (Season 3 Episode 6)
    Season 3 Episode 6:

    Hope Floats

    A collection of short films features stories about hard knocks and hope, including "Thula," "From Prison to NYU," "I'd Rather Be Dancing," "Standing Reign," "Crown Heights," and "Strange Fruit."

  • ABFF Independent - A History of Strength (Season 3 Episode 5)
    Season 3 Episode 5:

    A History of Strength

    A collection of short films about feats of strength and courage, including "The Journey of Margaret Garner," "Underground," "The South will Rise Again," and "John Henry and the Railroad."

  • ABFF Independent - Outside the Box (Season 3 Episode 4)
    Season 3 Episode 4:

    Outside the Box

    Short films feature stories about people who have forged their own paths in life, including "Captain T & T," "Colored My Mind" and "The Healing Circle."

  • ABFF Independent - Out of This World (Season 3 Episode 3)
    Season 3 Episode 3:

    Out of This World

    A collection of short films features otherworldly stories and folk tales, including "Hear Me," "Tailypo," "Wake," "Midway," "Prospect," and "Chains."

  • ABFF Independent - A Family Affair (Season 3 Episode 2)
    Season 3 Episode 2:

    A Family Affair

    A collection of films about family, love, sacrifice, anger, and estrangement, including "Sleeping," "Bounce," "A Love Supreme," "Jackie," "You Can Touch My Hair," "Junior & the Saint," "Little Boy Wonder," and "Nostalgia."

  • ABFF Independent - Love Lessons (Season 3 Episode 1)
    Season 3 Episode 1:

    Love Lessons

    A collection of short films about true love, problematic love and heartbreak including "Men or Mice," "Positive," "The Silent Treatment," "The Gift," "Next Door's Next," "The Truth," and "This Time."

  • ABFF Independent - Sugar & Spice (Season 2 Episode 6)
    Season 2 Episode 6:

    Sugar & Spice

    A showcase of short films about women and girls, including "The Anderson Monarchs" and "Crown and Glory."

  • ABFF Independent - A Lesson in Time (Season 2 Episode 5)
    Season 2 Episode 5:

    A Lesson in Time

    A collection of short films about decisive moments in time, including "Into Forgetfulness," "Daughter of Fortune," "Familiar Fruit," "The Collegians," "Emmett," and "Wolf Call."

  • ABFF Independent - Keeping It Real (Season 2 Episode 4)
    Season 2 Episode 4:

    Keeping It Real

    A collection of films features stories of truth, defiance and self-esteem, including "A Creation Story," "Good Hair and Other Dubious Distinctions," "Performance," and "Blind Date."

  • ABFF Independent - Pretzel Logic (Season 2 Episode 3)
    Season 2 Episode 3:

    Pretzel Logic

    A collection of films with surprise endings, including "Docket 32357," "The Last Supper," "Repercussions," "Unscripted," "First Date," "The Wedding Dress," and "Truth About Lies."

  • ABFF Independent - City Streets (Season 2 Episode 2)
    Season 2 Episode 2:

    City Streets

    A collection of short films about what life is like on city streets, including "MLK Street Project," "Shakespeare in Watts" and "Untold Legacy."

  • ABFF Independent - Joker's Wild (Season 2 Episode 1)
    Season 2 Episode 1:

    Joker's Wild

    A collection of short films features incredible and outrageous stories, including "Consent," "Fat Girl's Guide to Yoga," "The Male Groupie," "Mandingo in a Box," "The Slap," and "BFF."

  • ABFF Independent - We Are Family (Season 1 Episode 13)
    Season 1 Episode 13:

    We Are Family

    A collection of short films focus on families, including "Sistahs in the Name of Love," "Jackson Parish," "Destiny," "Stitches," and "My Mother's Keeper."

  • ABFF Independent - Love Will Find a Way (Season 1 Episode 12)
    Season 1 Episode 12:

    Love Will Find a Way

    A collection of love stories that inspire, surprise and test limits, including "Weekends in Brooklyn," "I Want You," "Jump the Broom," and "Akira's Hip Hop Shop."

  • ABFF Independent - Love & Commitment (Season 1 Episode 11)
    Season 1 Episode 11:

    Love & Commitment

    A collection of films about true love, including "The Night We Died," "Milk and Honey," "Basura," "A Spoonful of Sugar," and "Hope."

  • ABFF Independent - Straight From the Islands (Season 1 Episode 10)
    Season 1 Episode 10:

    Straight From the Islands

    Films feature stories about Jamaica and Haiti, including "Why Do Jamaicans Runs So Fast?" and "The Missing Peace."

  • ABFF Independent - Moment in Time (Season 1 Episode 9)
    Season 1 Episode 9:

    Moment in Time

    A collection of films about fateful moments that bring joy, triumph or heartbreak, including "They Had a Dream Too," "Morning Due," "Freedom Flyers of Tuskegee," and "Silas Lynch."

  • ABFF Independent - Beyond the Block (Season 1 Episode 8)
    Season 1 Episode 8:

    Beyond the Block

    In "Black to Our Roots," a teenager travels to Ghana to explore her cultural roots with a group of other Atlanta youth.

  • ABFF Independent - Coming of Age (Season 1 Episode 7)
    Season 1 Episode 7:

    Coming of Age

    A collection of films featuring coming-of-age stories, including "Slaying Goliath," "Gap" and "Free Meal."

  • ABFF Independent - It's Complicated (Season 1 Episode 6)
    Season 1 Episode 6:

    It's Complicated

    A showcase of short films features love stories with surprise endings, including "In Conflict With Kismet," "After," "Leverage," and "Armed With a Heart."

  • ABFF Independent - Inspiration in the Moment (Season 1 Episode 5)
    Season 1 Episode 5:

    Inspiration in the Moment

    A collection of films about love, loss and hope, including "Before I Wake," "Unfamiliar Paintings," "Prime of Life," "High Water," and "Gabrielle."

  • ABFF Independent - Hip Hop Docs (Season 1 Episode 4)
    Season 1 Episode 4:

    Hip Hop Docs

    In "A Great Day in Hip Hop," a famous 1958 photo shoot featuring jazz musicians is recreated with hip-hop artists; rappers, industry executives, critics, and fans take part in a dialogue about hip-hop and gender in "Beyond Beats and Rhymes."

  • ABFF Independent - A Different Beat (Season 1 Episode 3)
    Season 1 Episode 3:

    A Different Beat

    A collection of films about people who don't fit in but find their own way, including "El Mariachi Negro," "Girl Talk," "First Three Lives of Stuart Hornsley," and "Heroes Wanted."

  • ABFF Independent - From Father to Son (Season 1 Episode 2)
    Season 1 Episode 2:

    From Father to Son

    A collection of short films featuring stories about relationships between fathers and sons, including "Be the Man," "Next Tuesday," "Louisville," and "Squirrel Man."

  • ABFF Independent - Love to Laugh (Season 1 Episode 1)
    Season 1 Episode 1:

    Love to Laugh

    A collection of comedic film shorts, including "Thank You for Washing," "CSI: Spoof," "Boxed," "Paper or Plastic," "Mello's Kaleidoscope" and "Cocoa Love."