In the early '80s, Jesse Diaz was a rising star in the hip-hop world. Now he's a broke single father living in a Harlem shelter with two children to support. But Jesse finally finds a shot at redemption in his nine-year-old daughter Priscilla, a precocious and immensely talented rapper. With older daughter Solsky the family's quiet cheerleader, Jesse and Priscilla look to parlay "P-Star's" talent into victory for the whole family. And that means long rehearsals, late nights, and home schooling for the growing girl. But as Priscilla's star really begins to rise, it'll tax all the relationships in her life and test Jesse in ways he never expected.
Director Gabriel Noble follows four years of father-daughter ups and downs as they navigate the grit and the glamour of the music biz. From sit-downs with image consultants to the elation of spending that big signing bonus, Priscilla always remains a magnetic figure with a resolve and way of talking that belies her young age. Though Jesse, for better or worse, remains the rock in their lives, an emotional attempt to track down the girls' mother is threaded throughout the film. "She became a crackhead," Priscilla says, blasé. "Things happen, you know."
Saturday, April 25
World Financial Center Plaza
Tribeca Drive-in opens at 6:00 pm.
Activities and programming begin at 6:30 pm.
Film screenings start at dusk (approx. 8:15 pm).
Mega-talented Harlem native Priscilla Star is a born performer. She started rapping under the name “P-Star” before she hit double digits, and now she’s one of the stars of the reimagined and hip-hop-infused PBS series The Electric Company. (Produced by Sesame Workshop, The Electric Company uses a hip urban format to teach kids to love reading. It airs on Fridays on PBS KIDS GO!uses a hip urban format to teach kids to love reading. It airs on Fridays on PBS KIDS GO!) Join this teen sensation for a special family-friendly screening of P-Star Rising, the touching documentary that charts her inspirational rise to fame.
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Family Film Festival: This event is suitable for ages 12 and up.
Co-sponsored by Snapple.
Hosted by Brookfield Properties, lower Manhattan Development Corporation / U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
Gabriel Noble graduated from UCLA, where he founded Equal Opportunity Productions, an outreach organization that uses arts education to empower youth in Los Angeles, Cuba, and South Africa. Gabriel was assistant director on the film On the Outs and produced Death of Two Sons. He directed the feature documentaries Autumn's Eyes and I Won't Love You to Death and served as supervising field producer for five seasons of CNBC's dLife TV. He is in development as a writer/producer for a feature fiction film and continues to teach film production for the Pearson Foundation throughout the country. Gabriel lives in Brooklyn.