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5 Star

Raised toward our $35,000 Goal
54 Donors
Project has ended
Project ended on May 31, at 11:59 PM PDT
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5 Star: A CSUN Thesis Film

Our Story

With scholarship offers from every Division 1 school and every sports media outlet crowning him the next "Chosen One", high school basketball star Hakeem Hamilton is proving to have one of the most hyped careers in basketball history. But with the biggest game of his young career conflicting with the support of his younger sister, Hakeem struggles to make his own decisions under the shadow of his parents.

Our Goal

Our goal is to raise $35,000 in order to adequately produce our project from start to finish. Like CSUN alumni have done in the past, we intend on submitting our film to a wide variety of festivals across the country. As proud filmmakers from CSUN, we aim to give our university and this film the recognition it deserves.  

Your Donations

All donations will go towards the following:

Location (permits, insurance, transportation, etc.)

Casting (casting director, talent and extras, studio teacher, etc.)

Rentals (camera, audio, grip and electric, expendables, etc.)

Art (production design, wardrobe, hair and makeup, etc.) 

Catering and Craft Services (to feed our hardworking cast and crew!)

COVID Enforcement (PPE, cleaning supplies, testing, etc.)

... and so much more!


Meet the Crew

Writer and Director | Jerald Flowers

Producer | Aedan Molina

Producer | Kendall Veatch

Producer | Priscilla Hernandez

Script Supervisor | Charlie Hulse

1st Assistant Director | Hunter Sweeney

2nd Assistant Director | Vito Lyles

2nd 2nd Assistant Director | Nick Sherman

Production Assistant | Josh Mortenson

Studio Teacher | Bethany Hagen

Director of Photography | James Leong

1st Assistant Camera | Ewan McNeil

2nd Assistant Camera | Joanna Zhang

Camera Operator | Nicholas Talarico

DIT | Andrew Kowalski

BTS Videographer | Arshak Berberyan

Gaffer | Zan Cullen

Key Grip | Christian Hernández-Salcedo

Best Boy Electric | Evan Farnsworth

Grip | Hye Young Ra

Grip | Kion Khosravi

Production Sound Mixer | Arthur Tran

Boom Operator | Derrick Jow

Sound Utility | Blake Emerson

Supervising Sound Editor | Aedan Molina

Re-Recording Mixer | Lexi Sakugawa

Sound Editor | Charlie Hulse

Editor | Savannah Kelmanson

Editor | Clarissa Ayala

Assistant Editor | Daylon Cooper

Production Designer | Lexi Sakugawa

Graphic Designer | Joshua Nicolas

Art Production Assistant | Jocelyn Cho

Casting Director | Kerry Barker

Still Want To Help?

It would be a huge help to our project by sharing our donation page and our instagram account (<— clickable link) with your friends, family, coworkers, basketball team, and anyone who would love to help!

Thank You!

Thank you so much for your interest in our film! We want to make it to the best of our ability, and we can only achieve that with your generous donations. Now go and make that half-court shot, you got this! ;)

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Free throw!

You took the shot and made it, WOOHOO! Thanks for donating and helping Hakeem's story come alive!



SWISH! You just made the game winning 3! From the entire cast and crew, your contribution is greatly appreciated!


Instagram Shoutout

Be featured as a shoutout on our Instagram story! Don't forget to follow us @5starthesisfilm to see you name shine!


Special Thanks

Your name will be listed in the ‘Special Thanks’ section of the credits.


Opposing Team Jersey

Donations will help go towards buying quality jerseys for the opposing team!


Hakeem's Team Jersey

Donations will help go towards buying quality jerseys for Hakeem’s team!


Special Thanks from the Crew!

The entire crew send you a special thank you after the shoot!


Executive Producer Credit

You will be credited as an Executive Producer in the credits of ‘5 Star’. *Includes previous tiers. Restricted to one (1) jersey.*

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