January 25, 2010 19:15 ET

A Talented and Ambitious Young Rapper and Her Struggling Family Hope to Beat the Odds in Gabriel Noble's "P-Star Rising"

Documentary to Premiere on PBS' "Independent Lens" February 2010

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwire - January 25, 2010) - The story of young Priscilla Star Diaz (a.k.a. P-Star), currently in her second season on PBS's hit "The Electric Company," is told in Gabriel Noble's gritty, intimate, and moving, "P-Star Rising." The film will premiere in February on the Emmy® award winning PBS series "Independent Lens," hosted by Maggie Gyllenhaal (check local listings.)

"P-Star Rising" is the story of a talented young hip-hop performer who becomes the vehicle for her father's unfulfilled ambitions. In the early eighties, at the dawn of hip-hop's breakthrough into the mainstream, Jesse Diaz was poised for fame, success, and wealth, but drugs and a prison sentence soon quashed his dreams. Though Jesse managed to reclaim his life and regain custody of his two young daughters (lost to the foster care system while he was incarcerated, and after their mother succumbed to drug addiction), he struggles to support his family as a single dad. Broke, unemployed, and living in temporary housing, he pins his hopes for the family's fortunes on his youngest daughter, Priscilla.

Recognizing Priscilla's natural musical talent and precocious personality, Jesse sets out to realize his deferred dreams of hip-hop stardom by making the 9-year-old into the next rap phenomenon -- "the youngest girl on the scene." Filmed over four years, "P-Star Rising" follows Jesse and his daughters as they navigate the peaks and pitfalls of both the music business and family relationships.

As P-Star starts to break through, Jesse struggles to balance his responsibilities as a father to Priscilla and her older sister Solsky with his music industry aspirations. Solsky, increasingly sidelined by Priscilla's career, does poorly in school and turns to the church for support. And as Priscilla matures, she comes increasingly into conflict with Jesse, and risks losing her childhood to satisfy his demands. From performances on the street corner to appearances on national television, from signing record deals to dealing with feelings of abandonment by Priscilla's crack-addicted mother, Gabriel Noble's chronicle of the Diaz family offers a personal, intimate look at ambition, talent, and the sacrifices family members make for one another.

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