Five Star: What is it?

At the Tribecca Film Festival, Five Star runs in competition and blurs the lines between fact and fiction.  It shares a documentary feel while running in the narrative category and is still entirely scripted.  About his film, Keith Miller says,

One of the first questions people ask about “Five Star” is, “How much of it is scripted?” I began to think about the interesting underlying question there, which seems to be, What is real here? For me, the question ends up pointing directly to what interests me in this mode of storytelling, which is essentially political. When we talk about truth, fiction, and reality, etc., we are immediately talking about contested sites of ownership: Who owns this truth? Is it the writer and director or the characters? And by extension, who has the right to claim that supposed truth?”

We covered a lot of these in documentary film class, the meaning of truth, and it turned out to be a lot harder to define than one might expect.  Yes, the camera shows what happens, but also in a way forces a perspective between the frames.  Luckily, the filmmakers have control to possibly manipulate the audience to feel closer to how he/she wants; it just depends on how convincing the argument on screen is to make more likely that the audience will buy it.

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