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Five Star


Directed by Keith Miller

Starring James 'Primo' Grant and John Diaz

2014 Tribeca Film Festival (Winner, Best Editing in a Narrative Feature)

2014 Venice Days, Venice Film Festival

Photograph by Nathan Fitch

Photograph by Nathan Fitch

After John’s absent father is struck by a stray bullet, Primo takes it upon himself to verse the young boy in the code of the streets—one founded on respect and upheld by fear. A member of the Bloods since the age of twelve—both in the film and in reality—the streets of Brooklyn are all Primo has ever known. While John questions whether or not to enter into this life, Primo must decide whether to leave it all behind as he vows to become a better husband and father. Set during those New York summer weeks where the stifling heat seems to encase everything, Five Star plunges into gang culture with searing intensity. Director Keith Miller observes the lives of these two men with a quiet yet pointed distance, carefully eschewing worn clichés through its unflinching focus. Distinctions between fiction and real life remain intentionally ambiguous, allowing the story of these two men to resonate beyond the streets, as they face the question of what it means to be a man.
Photograph by Nathan Fitch

Photograph by Nathan Fitch

2014 Seattle International Film Festival

2014 Rooftop Films

2014 New Orleans Film Festival

2014 BendFilm Fest

2014 Little Rock Film Festival

2014 Trinidad & Tobago Film Festival

2014 Tallgrass Film Festival



“Like John Cassavetes directing an episode of ‘The Wire’…” -Eric Kohn
“…powerfully affecting urban drama that tells a familiar story [...] with such unusual authenticity and dramatic force that it’s as if we’re seeing it for the first time…” -Scott Foundas

Shadow and Act
“…a compelling portrait, and a refreshing take on a setting and characters too often sensationalized.”

“Miller’s scenes are so well-written and acted […] refreshing.”

“Keith on the line between fiction and fact”

Village Voice
“…a dizzying tour-de-force…”


The Source
“Films like “Five Star” are rare. […] It does what only art can, and that is it makes us feel, and it makes us understand. […] This is a film not to be missed.”

Five questions with Five Star Director Keith Miller

“…a nuanced portrait of two men […] an intimate contemplation of manhood in the modern urban environment.”