I wanted to let you know about Rooftop’s free show in the Bronx this week. This Thursday at 7:45 p.m. at the Bruckner Bar and Grill, we’ll be showing Gabriel Noble’s gritty, heart wrenching documentary P-Star Rising.
P-Star Rising follows Priscilla Star Diaz, an adorable and precocious little girl, who at age 9 tells her single-father, Jesse, “I am going to become a rapper and fulfill your dreams of succeeding in the music business.”
When Jesse discovers that his youngest daughter, Priscilla, can rap and perform, he sees redemption for his own failed music career and financial salvation for his family and commits his life to making her a star. We follow the father-daughter duo through the grit and glamour of the music industry, capturing the daily struggles of a single parent raising his two children alone, and the sacrifices a child makes in order to make her daddy proud.
Documentary subjects P-Star and her father Jesse will be there in person for a Q&A after the film. Let me know if you have any questions.
For more information, visit: http://rooftopfilms.com/2011/schedule/pstar-rising
Thursday Feb 3, 2011
7:00 p.m. Doors Open
7:45 p.m. Film Begins
9:10 p.m. Q&A
Indoors at the Bruckner Bar and Grill
1 Bruckner Blvd, Bronx, NY 10454
Subway Directions: Take the 4, 5 to 138 St. Grand Concourse or the 6 to 138 Street 3rd Avenue
P-Star Rising (Gabriel Noble | New York, NY | 84 min.)
At age 9, Priscilla, an adorable yet precocious little girl, tells her single-father, Jesse,: “I am going to become a rapper and fulfill your dreams of succeeding in the music business.”
At the dawn of hip-hop's breakthrough into the mainstream in the early 1980s, Jesse Diaz was poised for fame, success, and wealth, but a prison sentence soon quashed his dreams. Though Jesse manages to reclaim his life and regain custody of his two young daughters, lost to the foster care system while he was incarcerated and after their mother succumbed to drug addiction, he struggles to support his family as a single dad. Broke, unemployed, and living in temporary housing, he pins his hopes for the family's fortunes on his youngest daughter, Priscilla aka P-Star.
Recognizing Priscilla's natural musical talent and precocious personality, Jesse sets out to realize his deferred dreams of hip-hop stardom by making her the next rap phenomenon - "the youngest girl on the scene."
Filmed over four years, P-STAR RISING follows Jesse and his daughters as they navigate the peaks and pitfalls of both the music business and family relationships. As P-Star starts to break through professionally, Jesse struggles to balance his responsibilities as a father to Priscilla and her older sister Solsky with his music industry aspirations. Solsky, increasingly sidelined in the family by Priscilla’s career, does poorly in school and turns to the church for support. As Priscilla matures, she comes increasingly into conflict with Jesse, and risks losing her childhood to satisfy his demands.
From performances on the street corner to appearances on national television, from signing record deals to dealing with feelings of abandonment by Priscilla's crack-addicted mother, Gabriel Noble's chronicle of the Diaz family offers a personal, intimate look at ambition, talent, and the sacrifices family members make for one another.
Director/Producer/Cinematographer Gabriel Noble has previously directed two feature documentaries, Autumn's Eyes (SXSW Film Festival/IndiePix Films) and I Won't Love You to Death (MTV).
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