NEW YORK — Rosie Perez will make her directing bow with a feature doc for IFC on New York’s Puerto Rican Day Parade and the political and cultural history linking the island and its people with mainland U.S.
Perez will team with Gotham-based production stable Moxie Firecracker, headed by documakers Liz Garbus and Rory Kennedy.
Garbus and Kennedy will produce for Moxie Firecracker, with Perez exec producing through her TenInACar banner. IFC director of original programming Alison Bourke also will exec produce, with IFC’s Susan Heimbinder as supervising producer.
Untitled project is IFC’s first announcement for the net’s 2005 programming slate, expanded this year from two to eight original programs. Doc also may be submitted to fests.
Perez will be featured on-camera, discussing her bond with the annual parade since childhood. Filming will take place during this year’s event June 13, tracing the parade’s historical roots.
Active production on the project begins this month, and Perez plans to take a crew to Puerto Rico for additional shooting.
“Being a part of the 3 million people who come together each year to participate in this emotional explosion of heritage and pride is a very powerful experience,” Perez said.
“This is Rosie’s brainchild, which started as a philosophical journey about what the parade meant for people but has grown into something bigger,” Garbus told Daily Variety.