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It’s been a long road to release for Keith Miller’s ambitious and resonant new film, “Five Star,” which premiered to rave reviews at last year’s Tribeca Film Festival. Now over a year later, XLrator Media is preparing its long-awaited theatrical launch.
“Five Star” explores masculinity and familial ties through an autobiographical lens. Here’s the official synopsis: “A member of the notorious Bloods since he was 12 years old — both in the film and in real life — Primo takes John, the son of his slain mentor, under his wing, versing him in the code of the streets. Set in East New York, ‘Five Star’ blends documentary and fictional storytelling as director Keith Miller carefully avoids worn clichés of gang culture to offer a compelling portrait of two men forced to confront the question of what it really means to be a man.”
An exclusive clip above hints at the film’s emotional rigor and intense dramatics. What initially seems to be a standard argument between a mother and her son escalates into a wrenching confrontation with the past and, in turn, what will become of the future.
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“Five Star” hits theaters in New York City on July 24, LA on July 31 and on VOD and iTunes on August 4. Watch the exclusive clip above.