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New American Cinema

Five Star

Year 2014
Runtime 83 mins
Language English
Subtitles No
Canadian Premiere

After John’s absent 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 12 – both on and off screen – the streets of Brooklyn are all Primo has ever known.

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. Set during those New York summer weeks where the stifling heat seems to encase everything, Five Star plunges into gang culture with searing intensity.

Director Keith Miller observes the lives of these two men with a quiet yet pointed distance, carefully eschewing worn clichés through its unflinching focus. Distinctions between fiction and real life remain intentionally ambiguous, allowing the story of these two men to resonate beyond the streets, as they face the question of what it means to be a man.

Countries

United States
Awards
Tribeca Film Festival 2014 • Won, Best Editing Narrative Feature Keith Miller
Festivals
Venice Film Festival, Tribeca, Seattle International Film Festival
Director
Keith Miller
Producer
Luisa Conlon | Daryl Freimark | Keith Miller
Screenwriter
Keith Miller
Cinematographer
Ed David | Alex Mallis | Eric Phillips-Horst
Editor
Keith Miller
Cast
James 'Primo' Grant. John Diaz, Wanda Nobles Colon,