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Tribeca Review: Keith Miller’s ‘Five Star’ Is An Authentic & Affecting Urban Drama

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • April 29, 2014 4:05 PM
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Five Star
Like a highly-rated Michelin restaurant, Primo is par excellence. A “five star” member of the Bloods in Fort Green, Brooklyn, Primo is akin to an Italian mobster’s made-man status; he’s untouchable. His word is bond. So when local teenager John’s absent father is killed by a stray bullet in the streets, Primo tries to bring the boy under his wing.

Review: ‘Welcome To Pine Hill’ Is An Admirably Quiet & Introspective Look At Mortality & Redemption

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • March 1, 2013 4:26 PM
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Shannon, or Abu, as he sometimes goes by, is a man caught in time. Haunted by his past of selling drugs, crime and various illegal activities, the 20-something black man is trying to cultivate a future while doing his best to stay on the correct side of what's right. But trying to stay on the righteous path isn't always easy. He comes across a white man in his Brooklyn neighborhood walking his lost dog (which he seemed to only marginally care for) and he gently warns the man to do what he thinks is the right thing: give back the dog or pay him the $200 he paid for it, reminding him that back in the day, he'd just take both and that would be the end of it. Abu's trying to make good.

Exclusive: Oscilloscope Laboratories Releasing Slamdance Winner 'Welcome To Pine Hill'

  • By Christopher Bell
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  • November 16, 2012 11:19 AM
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Always eclectic, individual and interesting, Oscilloscope Laboratories has unveiled a slate of films this year that has included everything from the beautiful, 70mm wonder "Samsara," LCD Soundsystem's farewell "Shut Up And Play The Hits," Todd Louiso's tender "Hello I Must Be Going," Andrea Arnold's raw "Wuthering Heights" and many more. And looking into 2013, they continue to champion strong filmmaking, as Oscilloscope has picked up Slamdance Film Festival Grand Jury winner "Welcome To Pine Hill," the feature debut of Brooklyn filmmaker Keith Miller.

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