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Photos of the Opening Night of the 5th Annual International Puerto Rican Heritage Film Festival

International Puerto Rican Heritage Film Festival reaches new milestone with 5th successful year. November 11-15, 2015.

Photos: Jhon Caballero

Celebrating the Heritage of Puerto Rico with the world!” was the theme for the 5th International Puerto Rican Heritage Film Festival. The Festival opened Wednesday, November 11, 2015 with an acknowledgement of the contributions of two remarkable Puerto Ricans at the historic St. Paul & St. Andrew in New York’s Upper West Side.

The Festival presented its 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award to the legendary Puerto Rican virtuoso, José Feliciano; Mr. Feliciano has been awarded over 45 Gold and Platinum records; has won 16 Grammy nominations, earning him 6 Grammy Awards and is in receipt of countless prestigious awards the world over. His influence on American culture is widely credited with opening the gate to mainstream acceptance for many Latino artists.

In addition, the IPRHFF 2015 Humanitarian Award was presented to Ray Negron. When George Steinbrenner saw a young Ray painting the team logo on a Yankee Stadium wall in the late 70s, instead of punishing the erstwhile graffiti artist, Steinbrenner hired him as the Yankee bat boy and propelled him into a career with the Yankees that resulted in Mr. Negron becoming a sports executive, award winning author, producer, executive producer, humanitarian and philanthropist. His animated film Henry and Me (voiced by Hollywood mainstays and baseball greats) screened during the festival.

25 separate IPRHFF screenings with over 50 films ran from Thursday, November 12 to Sunday, November 15 at various theater spaces within Mount Sinai Hospital and at the Riverside Theater, in East and West Harlem, respectively. Four Puerto Rican feature presentations made each evening a unique IPRHFF experience: the films included Angel by Academy Award nominated Jacobo Morales, La Granja, and Las Vacas con Gafas (Cows with Glasses), presented in collaboration with AfroTaino Productions, and Ms. Homicide, 15 Faros de Puerto Rico (15 Lighthouses of Puerto Rico) in collaboration with Prime Latino Media.

Prime Latino Media Salon (in collaboration with the Hispanic Organization of Latin Actors – HOLA) also produced two panel discussions for the Festival. The first in the West Village featuring interviews with the subjects of two IPRHFF films: Ms. Homicide (featuring Ret. Det. Irma Rivera solving some of NYC’s most notorious homicides) and EKAJ (about homeless gay youth) and a second panel & workshop, LATINOS IN COMEDY, at New York University (Latino Studies) with a distinguished group of thought- leaders: Yamin Segal (FLAMA), Jaime Fernandez (Room28comedy), comedian and author Bill Santiago, Rhina Valentin (La Reina Del Barrio Productions, Inc.) Janio Marrero, Melissa Diaz, plus case studies with reviews of webisodes produced & starring, Elaine Del Valle (Reasons Y I’m Single) and Vanessa Verduga ( Both panels were moderated by Louis E. Perego Moreno, Founder & Executive Producer of Prime Latino Media.

Returning principal sponsors Univision/UniMás (Official Media Sponsor) and Mount Sinai Hospital were joined by Delta Air Lines and WADO 1280 this year to ensure a successful outcome. Chivas Regal also hosted a filmmaker mixer leading into the Festival.

Festival CEO and Founder Veronica Caicedo indicates: “We are grateful for our 5th Annual Festival but are already looking forward to next year and to improving every year for our filmmakers, audience and sponsors alike.

Caicedo Productions is a privately-owned New York corporation established in 1990. Caicedo Productions is a full-service boutique studio that develops, finances, and produces and markets quality films and theatrical productions. The company’s mission continues to be that of providing creative and technical space for writers and visual artists from inter-related genres (i.e. theater, film, video, and television).

For more information visit IPRHFF.COM



The International Puerto Rican Heritage Film Festival (IPRHFF)’s mission is to create platforms that allow Latinos and a diverse pool of international influencers in entertainment and educational filmmaking to reach a broader audience. We will develop programs that will allow a spectrum of filmmakers, from emerging artists to film industry veterans, to reach out to audiences throughout New York City.

The goal of the IPRHFF is to foster a collaborative environment for all artists to explore issues inherent to the heritage of Puerto Rico and to develop their craft with direct input from their target audiences.

This Festival is open to all filmmakers Latinos and Non Latinos.

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Films include:

  • Alfonso Rodriguez 10 Second Barrier
  • Sonia Fritz 15 Faros de Puerto Rico (15 Lighthouses)
  • Javier Ortiz 73 Dollars to Park
  • Mauricio Zapata A Matter of Seconds
  • Flora Garay Anatomy of a Dress
  • Jacobo Morales Angel
  • Darlien Morales Beneath Paradise
  • Michael Martinez Borders
  • Lia Chapman Broken Angels
  • Valentina Conti Cabras where fables are born
  • Jon Navarro Cafe con Leche
  • Maria del Mar Rosario Characters of Times Square
  • Jean Carlo Carreras Decency
  • Angel Nieves Dreams of You & Me
  • Cati Gonzalez EKAJ
  • Beka Sikharulidze Grandpa’s Debtor
  • Ray Negron Henry and Me
  • Arturo Cisneros I know where the money is Mum
  • Angel Manuel Soto La Granja
  • Alex Santiago Las Vacas con Gafas
  • Dashia Imperiale Little Angel (Angelita)
  • Maria Soccor Lords of BSV
  • Chris Mason Machete Kisumontao el Documental
  • Gary Cruz & William Rosario Machista
  • Ron Rivera Man-Kind
  • Jennica Carmona Millie and the Lords
  • Kevin Kaufman Ms. Homicide
  • Judy Febles My Sister Vanessa
  • Maria Palacio Necromancer
  • Natasha Soto North
  • Soraya Arrabal Sanchez Oda a Maria
  • Xavier Santiago Pardon The Intrusion
  • Guy Guido Physical Attraction
  • Damian Dastar Roma: The Silent Film
  • Aristides Falcon-Paradi Rumba Clave, Blen, Blen, Blen
  • Adel L. Morales Since I Laid Eyes
  • Dariun Robinson Solo Soy un Super, Mano (I’m Just a Super, Man)
  • Pamela Ochnic SRA ZORILLA
  • Jutta Schoen Strive
  • Rafael Rodriguez Telex from Cuba
  • Jessenia Cotto The Hook
  • Juan Marquez The Last Colony
  • Jade Bryan The Shattered Mind
  • Victor Cruz The Stockroom
  • Edwin Pagán The Talisman
  • Arilyn I. Martinez Cora The Texture of the Light
  • Yamil Miranda From The Tub
  • Juan C. Dávila Vieques: una batalla inconclusa
  • Danielle Glynn Youth