2014: 11th edition

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30/08/2014 h 22:00Perla 2
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by Keith Miller
In collaboration with the Tribeca Film Festival
International Premiere
United States, 2014, 83', color, DCP
screenplay Keith Miller
cinematography Ed David, Alex Mallis
editing Keith Miller
music Michael Rosen
art direction Jenny Correa, Kelley Van Dilla
cast James 'Primo' Grant (Primo)
John Diaz (John), Tamara Robinson (Primo's Wife)
Wanda Nobles Colon (John's Mom), Larry Bogad (Bar Owner)
Jasmin Burgos (Jasmin)

producers Daryl Freimark
Keith Miller, Luisa Conlon
executive producer Russell Miller
production Up the Street Films
coproducer Landon Van Soest
associate producers Alexander Mallis
Ynette and Jim Hogue, Mindy Miller, Lee Weinstein
in association with The Brooklyn Filmmakers Collective

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After John's father is struck by a stray bullet, Primo takes it upon himself to verse the young boy in the code of the streets - one founded on respect and upheld by fear. A member of the Bloods since the age of twelve - both in the film and in reality - all Primo has ever known is the streets of Brooklyn. While John questions whether or not to enter into this life, Primo must decide whether to leave it all behind as he vows to become a better husband and father.
"In my films I aim to capture the messiness of life, in order to make the story more real and concrete. My goal is to create a world that felt present, personal and above all human. I invite the chaos of the real into the shooting process because that is, for me, where much of the beauty and the intensity comes from. While this may cause a moment of discomfort resembling vertigo, it also has the potential to disarm just enough to create a deeply human empathy that for me can go beyond the facticity of documentary and the magic of fiction." [Keith Miller]

This tale of everyday gangster life in New York miraculously manages to avoid so many of the cliches surrounding stories set in a inner city environment by its deceptive simplicity of storytelling and its authentic rendition of characters. Five Star's effectiveness is helped no end not only by its believable verité drama - doc style (which through the quality of it's photography still succeeds in being luminescent and cinematically evocative) -, but also by its locations and most of all its actors, who bring an unvarnished believability to their roles. It's also important to recognize the quiet strength of Keith Miller's direction; understated, observant and assured, getting the maximum out of his story and the people who embody it for him. [Adrian Wootton]

KEITH MILLER is a filmmaker, artist, professor and curator. His first feature-length film, Welcome to Pine Hill, premiered in 2012 at the Slamdance Film Festival where it won the Grand Jury Prize. It went on to win the FIPRESCI Jury Prize at the Seattle International Film Festival 2012 and more awards at the Atlanta, Nashville and Sarasota film festivals. Five Star, Miller's second feature-length film, featured in the 2014 Narrative Feature Competition at the Tribeca Film Festival and won the Best Narrative Editing Award.
2014 Five Star
2012 Welcome to Pine Hill
2010 Prince/William (doc)


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