Saturday, April 25, 2009

P Star Rising

Tonight a couple of gals and I went to see P Star Rising (a documentary that is part of the Tribeca Film Festival). I love a good coming of age story and this fit the bill. It's funny, outrageous, touching, and unnerving. And, I guess one of the best parts of the story is that P Star's story is just beginning.

Make sure to check it out!
Synopsis of the documentary:

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.” Moved by Priscilla’s passion and impressed with her natural talent and undeniable charisma, he begins to teach her all he knows about rapping. In the four years that follow there is no question that rapping has brought Priscilla closer to her estranged father, and that her success has made him proud. Before our eyes, this father-daughter duo go from a one-bedroom shelter in Harlem to a 4 bedroom apartment, from food stamps to shopping sprees, from rapping on street corners to sold out night clubs, and from sneaking under train turnstiles without the $2 fare to spare to being driven around in tinted SUV’s. It is further undeniable that Jesse has been reborn, from looking at old photos and bitterly reflecting on how he never was given the respect he deserved in the music business as a rapper himself to finding his own voice and self-respect as his daughter’s overzealous manager. But in the efforts to make her dad proud, Priscilla struggles to remain a child and finds herself trapped in a world of people twice her size and four times her age and doesn't know who to trust. Jesse himself is caught between wanting to protect his daughter’ innocence and exploiting her raw talent to fulfill his deferred dream. All they know is that the ride has just begun.


CourtB said...

The next showings in NYC are below. Go see it!!

Tribeca Film Festival:
* Wednesday, April 29, 4:00 pm, AMC Village VII
* Saturday, May 2, 12:45 pm, AMC Village VII

Hot Docs International Film Festival 2009
* Thursday, May 7th, 9:45 pm, Rom theater
* Saturday, May 9th, 1:30 pm, Bloor Theater

Anonymous said...

I saw it Friday night in a theater but was curious about the outdoor screening tonight. How many people showed up?

CourtB said...

It was packed. I'm horrible at estimating, but I would assume there were around 200 people, maybe more.

gnoble said...

hey its the director or the film..thank you for coming out! we had 5000 people at the drive-in, the most in Tribeca history. check out our website and join at

gnoble said...

hey its the director of p-star rising. we had 5000 people at the drive-in! we beat the Teenage Ninja Turtles the night before! please visit us at for more info and thank you for coming.

CourtB said...

And now we know I'm a terrible estimator! :)