Chicago Latino Film Festival

CLFF Notes Podcast

Episode 4: The Short Films

Andrea Florens, the 40th CLFF program manager moderates a panel of directors presenting short films related to land stewardship. In this episode we explore the productions of “Arrullo” by Amauta García (Mexico); José Cardoso’s “What the Soil Remembers (Ecuador and RSA); and Leonardo Pirondi’s “Vision of Paradise” (Brazil). Learn about what these films offer in terms of narrative and artistic expression directly from the directors themselves. All Short Films in the 40th CLFF are presented before a pre-selected Feature Film. Tickets and schedules and all festival related information can be found at

Episode 3: Interview with Director Laura González (Milonga) CLOSING NIGHT GALA FILM

Join us in this episode of CLFF Notes where Alejandro Riera speaks with Director Laura González, the director of our Feature Film “MILONGA” playing on the Festival’s Closing Night Gala. Alejandro and Laura explore this film being careful not to give away too many details about the plot. After all, it’s “CLFF notes podcast”, not “spoiler notes”! Closing Night will be held on April 22nd (Monday) with the presentation of the world premiere of “Milonga” followed by a Gala with food and drink. Tickets for this Special Event are still available and can be purchased on the front page of the

Episode 2: Wingwalker & Opening Night Gala

Join us in this episode of CLFF Notes where Alejandro speaks with Director Alonso Álvarez and Executive Producer and Actor Max Arciniega about their new film Wingwalker, set to premiere at CLFF on Opening Night! Explore what went into making this film and what challenges the crew faced in making this film set against the very real Immigration crisis at the border. Opening Night for the 40th Chicago Latino Film Festival is April 11th, 2024 at the Davis Theatre. This Special engagement will include the film screening and a Gala Event afterwards at the Dank Haus, food and drinks included. Learn more about Opening Night at

Episode 1: Pepe Vargas, Executive Director of the Chicago Latino Film Festival

In this first episode of the CLFF Notes Podcast, we talk to Pepe Vargas, the man that made this Festival a reality and has managed it into the longest running Latino Film Festival in the northern hemisphere! Pepe talks to Madeline about the past 40 years, why film is such an important social communicator and how things have changed over the years and where they may be going. The Film Festival opens on April 11th through the 22nd where more than 50 Feature films and 35 shorts will be showcased at the two week event at Century Landmark Theatres in Chicago. Consult for ticket information and all the films schedule.

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