Here's How This Director Shot An Amazingly Authentic Coming-of-Age Film About Gang Life

"Five Star" is a film about a kid, John (John Diaz), who's lost his father and is trying to figure out how to become a man, and what kind of man to be. Though the character who steps in to help him, Primo (James "Prino" Grant), is a five star general in the Bloods, I didn't want to make a sensational film about gangs, or crime, or violence. This was especially the case since I cast people who are, for the most part, not trained actors; in some cases their lives mirror the circumstances on...

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