DocNight: P-Star Rising
USA, 84 Minute Running Time
DocNight presentation with Director Gabriel Noble in-person! Film and Q&A followed by a reception in Gallery 30. in partnership with the Documentary Cinema Institute
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.
About Director Gabriel Noble
As a graduate of the Theater, Film, and Television department at UCLA, Gabriel founded and served as Artistic Director of Equal Opportunity Productions, an arts outreach organization whose mission was to use arts education to empower youth in Los Angeles, Cuba, and South Africa. He established theater, music, and film residencies in classrooms around the world and directed bilingual productions at the Apollo Theater in New York and at the National Theater in Havana, Cuba. Upon moving to New York, Gabriel immersed himself into independent film, serving as Assistant Director on the narrative film, On The Outs, nominated for IFP Indie Spirit award, Gotham Award, and recipient of the Grand Prize Slamdance Festival. He produced Death of Two Sons, a political, spiritual, and personal exploration of the death of Amadou Diallo, executive produced by HBO. Gabriel’s directorial debut was with the feature documentary, Autumn’s Eyes that tells the story of losing a teenage mother to prison through the perspective of her 3-year old daughter, which premiered at South by Southwest, and is being distributed by Indiepix Films. He went on to Direct a feature documentary for MTV News and Docs, I Won’t Love You to Death, and serve as Supervising Field Producer for a CNBC diabetes and health talk show, dLife, for 5 seasons. In addition to directing his third feature documentary, P-Star Rising, Gabriel is in development as a writer/producer for a feature fiction film, set for production in Summer 2010. He has served as Cinematographer for all his feature films, and works consistently as a Cinematographer other television and documentary projects. He continues to teach film for the Pearson Foundation.