Lin-Manuel Miranda’s father is ready for his close-up…
HBO Documentary Films has made a mid-seven figure deal for the worldwidetelevision and streaming rights to Siempre, Luis, the John James-directed documentary about Luis Miranda, the father of the 40-year-old Puerto Ricancomposer, lyricist, singer, actor and the creator and star of the Tony Award-winning Broadway musicals In the Heights and Hamilton.
The film premiered at the Sundance Film Festivalin Park City.
When Luis A. Miranda Jr.left Puerto Rico for New York City in the 1970s, he had big dreams. He landed an influential position in New York City Mayor Ed Koch’s administration as the director of Hispanic affairs, building a career representing Latino communities, and helping to elect some of the most powerful politicians in the country.
Over the course of an intense year, James’ documentary follows Luis’ devotion to family and country propelling him forward despite recent health issues. He finds that there’s 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’s award-winning production of Hamiltonto the island. With humor and a lot of heart, Siempre, Luistells the story of a unique and proud American.
“My first film started as the story of a tireless migrant who built an extraordinary legacy,” says filmmaker John James. “Yet, as I followed Luis Miranda over a lengthy period of time, I couldn’t have imagined that he would see his native Puerto Rico face catastrophic crisis just as our mainland is thrown into bitter political upheaval. We’re excited to find a passionate partner in HBO to share this inspiring story.”