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If you’re a movie buff, there’s no better place to be this weekend than New York City, because tonight the 3rd annual International Puerto Rican Heritage Film Festival kicks off.

From today until Sunday, November 17th, over 46 movies — ranging from shorts to documentaries to full-fledged features — will be seen in numerous theaters throughout Harlem. It’s an exciting time for the festival: actress Lauren Velez, who is best known for playing Captain María LaGuerta on Showtime’s former hit Dexter, is the spokesperson for the festival.

Notable movies that will be featured at the festival include the feature Tio Papi, boxing documentary El Boxeo and Lemon, the documentary about Puerto Rican poet Lemon Andersen. 

One of the movies making its debut at the festival tomorrow at the Mist Harlem Theatre at 116th street is The Exception, a short film thriller directed by first time writer and director Ramon Pesante. The movie tells the story of a young man named Rico who is stuck in the gangsta lifestyle he inherited from his father.

Here’s the trailer for The Exception:

For more info about the festival, head to the official site: IPRHFF

And if you want more info about The Exception, check out the film’s official website: 

And check out the film’s Facebook page: TheExceptionFilm

Also, follow the film’s writer and director on Twitter: Ramon_Pesante