Throughout the week, the Daily Planet will feature posted audio interviews with filmmakers discussing their films in this year’s Sound Unseen Film Festival. The festival, which kicked off this past Tuesday and ends Sunday and typically features films with a music theme, is in its 10th year. Check out the festival’s Web site to purchase tickets, view trailers and information for all the films, and explore what this cultural event is all about.
All the interviews were conducted over the phone, recorded on my computer. In this entry in the series, I speak with Gabriel Noble, director of the insightful, often melancholy documentary P-Star Rising. (Click on the icon at the bottom of this article to listen.) Check out the film’s Web site for more info. P-Star Rising screens this Saturday (October 3) at 5 p.m. at the Trylon Microcinema.
The official plot synopsis (by way of the press notes) of P-Star Rising reads:
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. 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.
I begin every interview with the same question. Having seen nearly all the films in this year’s Sound Unseen Festival, a clear theme emerged. These are stories about people pursuing their dreams, consequences be damned. So I lead off asking the filmmaker about this theme as it pertains to their film.