Teresa Velo Santullano, screenwriter and wife of Mexican director and government film official Alfredo Joskowitz, died of respiratory failure December 2. She was 62.
Tere, as she was known in the industry, was widely mourned by the biggest figures in Mexican film and culture. Her biggest project was “Vieiros, vida y obra de Carlos Velo,” (Vieiros, the life and work of Carlos Velo,” a documentary about her film director father that she produced and that was honored at the San Juan, Puerto Rico, film festival.
During her lifetime, Velo also wrote several fictional films, including the 1996 short, “¿Que hora es?” (What time is it?), and 1992’s “Playa Azul” (Blue Beach), which she worked on with her husband, who helmed.
Velo was married to Joskowitz, the head of Mexico’s top film-funding organization, the Mexican Institute of Cinematography, for 35 years, and as such was a central figure in the small social circles of the country’s film world.
Indeed, as the child of one of Mexico’s most prolific directors, she lived her whole life in the industry.
She is survived by her husband and three children.