Wednesday, November 1, 2023 at 9:30 PM

Puerto Rican Heritage Month

Bronx Film Wednesdays – Independent films you will love.

This November, BxFW collects standout Puerto Rican Heritage Month short films by international directors:

  • AGUIRRE. Director: Eric Yamil Cruz & Sergio Daniel. 2021. Puerto Rico. 6:11 min. A performance in an old factory turns into a reminder of colonial oppression and exploitation.
  • NUEVO RICO. Director: Kristian Mercado. 2020. USA. 10 min. Twin brother and sister stumble upon a celestial secret that changes their lives and launches them into stardom, only to discover that fame comes a steep price.
  • BIOPSIA. Director: Glorimar Marrero. 2016. Puerto Rico. 13:35 min. Carmen accompanies a group of women who must travel from the island of Vieques to San Juan, capital of Puerto Rico, in order to perform breast biopsies. The long journey is by water and road. Amid many fears and obstacles, Carmen confirms the need for appropriate medical services both for them and for the people of Vieques.
  • EXTRAORDINARY MR. JÚPITER. Director: Federico Torres. 2015. Puerto Rico. 17 min. Franco Jupiter, an extraordinary magician with real powers, challenges nature in order to find real love.
  • THE BLUE CAPE. Director: Alejandra Lopez. 2019. Puerto Rico. 5 min. In hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico, medicine can be hard to come by. A little boy has to grow beyond his limits if he is to help his grandfather.
  • RAFAGA. Director: Michelle Malley Campos. 2010. Puerto Rico. 15 min. A naive, teenage girl is swept into court by tragedy when the boy she blindly fell in love with betrays her trust in him.
  • HOMELESS. Director: Luciana Faulhaber. 2020. USA. 13 min. “Homeless” is a short film that raises awareness about the increasing problem of homelessness in America.  Steve is a homeless man down-on-his-luck, who while looking for a job, comes across a friendly shop owner and an aspiring nurse who try to help.  Inspired by real-life events, this short film highlights the struggles of homeless people and the urgent need for effective support and intervention programs.  Filmed in the backdrop of New York City.


Program presented in English and Spanish with subtitles.

9:30 PM | Bronx Film Wednesdays Digital on BronxNet TV — Hosted by BronxNet’s Sonyi Lopez.


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Bronx Film Wednesdays (BxFW) screens new, little-seen, and standout indie films that you will love! Travel the world and open your mind to stories as wild and from as far as the imagination can go — romance, comedy, action, sci-fi, horror, fantasy, thriller, drama, music, sports, animation, documentary, and more! Carefully selected to illustrate cultural, aesthetic, and geographic diversity. This year, BxFW goes digital in partnership with BronxNet Community Television, bringing our monthly screenings online and to public access television!

More About The Artists – Click To Open

ERIC YAMIL CRUZ is an Actor, singer, dancer and choreographer born in Trujillo Alto, Puerto Rico. He has worked a career of 13 years in the national and international theater scene. He has a bachelor’s degree from the UPR Department of Drama and an MFA in Acting from the University of Southern California School of Dramatic Arts. He is a physical actor trained under the tutelage of Jacqueline Duprey, Dean Zayas, Andrew Robinson, David Bridel, David Warshofsky, Natsuko Ohama, and Andrei Belgrader. She studied musical theater under the mentorship of Vicki Lewis (Broadway: Chicago, Anastasia) and Brett Ryback (Passing Through) and has worked in dance and physical theater under the direction of Viveca Vázquez, Stephanie Shroyer, Robert Curran, Jos Houben, Paola Rizza and Frederic Tellier.

SERGIO DANIEL is a dancer and choreographer born in San Juan, Puerto Rico. He began his dance training at C.A.B.A., a School specialized in the arts where he belonged to the Ballet Folklorico de Puerto Rico. He has training in different dance genres such as Classical Ballet, Contemporary Dance, Commercial Hip Hop and Jazz Technique. He completed his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Management with a minor in Hospitality and Tourism.

KRISTIAN MERCADO Raised between New York’s Spanish Harlem and Puerto Rico, Kristian Mercado discovered his passion for the arts at an early age, often using film as a form of escapism. His psychedelic animated short Nuevo Rico debuted at the 2021 SXSW Festival, garnering the prestigious Animation Jury Award, and is currently being developed into a full-length feature film.

GLORIMAR MARRERO is a film director, screenwriter and interdisciplinary artist whose work is related to grief, identity,  colonialism and gender. Her work includes film, photography and installation.

ALEJANDRA LOPEZ has a knack for social and political content. Her short film “The Blue Cape”, which she wrote and directed, has screened at ten Oscar® qualifying film festivals, including Palm Springs International Short Film Festival, Uppsala International Short Film Festival, Guadalajara International Film Festival, Aspen Shortfest, among others, and was acknowledged with an Honorable Mention in the category for Best Live Action at Cleveland International Film Festival. Alejandra became the first Latina to direct for Marvel Entertainment: a narrative podcast titled “Wolverine: La Larga Noche” starring Joaquin Cosio.

MICHELLE MALLEY CAMPOS is a NYU Tisch alum and WIF/GM Latina Acceleration Grant recipient, Michelle Malley Campos is an award-winning writer-director with over a dozen short films and music videos under her belt and over 15 years of experience in the film industry. A Puerto Rico native, she moved back to the island upon graduating and quickly established herself as a prominent young director while keeping busy with everything from founding a community cinema to leading film workshops for disadvantaged youths to backpacking the world for a year.

LUCIANA FAULHABER  is a first generation Latinx Immigrant. Born in Brazil, she is a descendant of the indigenous tribe Tupi. The first of her family to attend Graduate School she dedicated her time to combining her studies in International Development at Columbia University with her passion for filmmaking as a vehicle for shining a light on political issues with the goal of making a social impact. Founder “Enuff”(Enough) Productions with Javier E. Gomez, with the intent to create opportunities for people of color in front and behind the camera.

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Still frame and trailer of EXTRAORDINARY MR. JÚPITER by Federico Torres reproduced by courtesy of the director.

Special thanks to our media broadcast partners at BronxNet Community Television.

This program is made possible, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council, and the New York State Council on the Arts, with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature. For a full list of our distinguished funders, visit

Event Details

  • Location

    Facebook Live
    67 Optimum
    2133 FIOS

  • Date & Time

    NOVEMBER 1, 2023
    9:30 PM Eastern

  • Bronx Film Wednesdays

    Eric Yamil Cruz
    Sergio Daniel
    Kristian Mercado
    Glorimar Marrero
    Federico Torres
    Alejandra Lopez
    Michelle Malley Campos
    Luciana Faulhaber

    Sonyi Lopez