November 24th, 2013 | By admin
On Thursday, November 14th acclaimed Puerto Rican actress, Lauren Velez hosted the second night of the 2013 International Puerto Rican Heritage Film Festival. She was honored an award for being this year’s official spokesperson. She introduced her sister’s (Maria Velez)7 minute documentary on the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy (Directed by IPRHFF founder Veronica Caicedo) and the feature, Tio Papi at Mist Harlem Theater (46 west 116th Street New York, NY 10026).
“We not only have to keep making films but we have to go and support them, which is one of the most important components,” stated Velez to the NY Daily News. “It’s really important for us to start owning it, and not just Puerto Ricans but Latinos in general.”
“Ms. Velez’ early career exemplifies the trajectory of many of IPRHFF participants and we are grateful she is lending her voice and support to a project dedicated to developing emerging talent in New York City. In addition to increasing audience participation we believe her involvement will inspire more filmmakers and actors in their journey to produce films reflecting their rich cultural experiences,” says the IPRHFF team.
The reception after the screening was held at the Harvest Harlem Bar (same locatin as Mist Harlem Theater). This special event was sponsored by Chivas Regal, Telemundo New York, NBC 4 New York and Urban Latino. Lauren Velez sipped on some delicious Chivas cocktails and danced the night away with her sister and mother #FamilyFirst. Lauren is currently working on her new project filming, La Lupe, the Cuban singer who was an inspiration to the actress as a child.