When Luis A. Miranda Jr. left Puerto Rico for New York City in the 1970s, he had big dreams—but little did he know how far he’d go. Landing an influential position in New York City mayor Ed Koch’s administration as the director of Hispanic affairs, he built a career representing Latinx (and largely, due to their prevalence in the city, Puerto Rican) communities, helping to elect some of the most powerful politicians in the country.

Over the course of an intense year, Luis’s devotion to family and country propel him forward despite recent health issues. He finds that there is always more to do, especially when his beloved Puerto Rico is in need. Following the devastation of Hurricane Maria, he helps plan relief efforts and, to raise money and awareness, manages the logistics behind bringing his son Lin-Manuel Miranda’s award-winning production of Hamilton to the island. With humor and a lot of heart, Siempre, Luis tells the story of a unique and proud American.

Following the screening, there will be a Q&A with director John James and special guests.

YEAR 2019

CATEGORY Special Events


RUN TIME 95 min

LANGUAGE English and Spanish

SUBTITLES Yes with English subtitles

COMPANY York Square Pictures

EMAIL siempreluis@sunshinesachs.com

PHONE (917) 717-0601


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Artist Bio

John James

John James is a film producer and director. Born in Brooklyn to an Irish father and a Puerto Rican mother, he studied politics at both Yale and Columbia University. He produced a series of TV ads for the city of New York supporting Mayor Bloomberg’s ambitious anti-smoking legislation and later produced and directed ads for political candidates seeking office. He runs the creative agency Particle with his wife, the designer Maria Elena Ibarra-James.