CLFFmás, THE CHICAGO LATINO FILM FESTIVAL’S STREAMING SERVICE, EXPANDS ITS OFFERINGS TO INCLUDE

FEATURE-LENGTH FILMS

Gathered from the last 15 years of the Festival, the films will be made available through a pay-per-view model

CHICAGO (June 15, 2020) – The International Latino Cultural Center of Chicago (ILCC), producer of the Chicago Latino Film Festival (CLFF) among other events, announced today that their streaming platform, CLFFmás, will now include among its offerings over 50 feature-length films from the Festival’s last 15 years. Movie lovers will now have the opportunity to enjoy from the comfort of their homes works from such critically acclaimed filmmakers as Ciro Guerra, Lúcia Murat, Ventura Pons, Alberto Lecchi and Luis R. Vera, some of which were never released commercially in this country.

Created in partnership with BTEC, an organization dedicated to creating new and exciting opportunities in technology, CLFFmás was launched last year with a selection of more than 30 short films from Latin America, Spain, Portugal and the United States. Operating under a pay-per-view model, subscribers to CLFFmás’ short films will pay $3.99 per feature film title and non-subscribers, $4.99. The shorts will remain accessible through a subscription-based service at a cost of $4.99 a month and $3.99 for ILCC members. To watch on desktop, visit clffmas.com. For mobile viewing, watch right from the Chicago Latino Film Festival app. 

“The pandemic and the state’s stay-at-home orders have forced many arts organizations and festivals like ours to become creative and to use whatever tools are at our disposal to stay alive and relevant. Expanding our film offerings through our streaming platform not only enables us to bring the festival experience to homes across the city and even around the world but it also allows us to think about how to best use technology for future iterations of the Festival and the many events we produce,” said Pepe Vargas, founder and executive director of the International Latino Cultural Center.

“This experiment would not have been possible without the collaboration and friendship of the dozens of filmmakers who have attended our Festival. We will soon be announcing a series of live streamed interviews and Q&A sessions with these filmmakers that will be broadcast through all our social media platforms,” added Vargas.

Feature-length films streaming in CLFFmás include: The Wandering Shadows (2004), the first feature from Ciro Guerra (Embrace of the Serpent) about two misfits (one lost his leg; the other earns a living carrying people on his back) who become friends; A Long Journey (2011) Lúcia Murat’s deeply personal documentary about her brother Heitor, the lifestyle he led and the madness that drove him to commit suicide; Alberto Lecchi’s 2013 paranoid thriller Alone with Yourself about a successful businesswoman (Ariadna Gil) who begins to receive threatening phone calls linked to an accident she was involved in years ago; and Ventura Pons’ 2001 classic Anita Takes a Chance and Year of Grace (2011) both featuring the great Spanish actress Rosa María Sardà.

Scheduled for mid-April, the 36th Chicago International Film Festival was postponed after Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker issued his “stay-at-home” order to combat the coronavirus pandemic. Festival organizers are currently working to bring back the Festival before the end of the year following the guidance from state and city government and health officials.

CLFFmás is made possible with the support of Corona Extra, The Reva & David Logan Foundation, Prince Charitable Trust/MacArthur Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Illinois Arts Council, the Paul M. Angell Family Foundation, Chicago Community Trust/Art Works Fund and the Gaylord & Dorothy Donnelley Foundation.

ABOUT BTEC

BTEC is and incubator/accelerator media arts and technology training portal/location. Its mission is to implement, enhance, improve, engage and stimulate the learning environments for all students to advance their educational experiences and skills in order to prepare them to live and work in a global economy. Their goal is to become the most sustainable and adaptive entrepreneurship center for people to prosper and succeed in this innovation gig-economy.

ABOUT THE ILCC

The International Latino Cultural Center of Chicago is a pan-Latino, nonprofit, multidisciplinary arts organization dedicated to developing, promoting and increasing awareness of Latino cultures among Latinos and other communities by presenting a wide variety of art forms and education including film, music, dance, visual arts, comedy and theater. The Center prides itself for its outstanding multidisciplinary local and international cultural programming which spans Latin America, Spain, Portugal, and the United States.

Born out of the Chicago Latino Film Festival, The International Latino Cultural Center of Chicago also produces other programs, including the year-round Latino Music Series; Film in the Parks, also in its 15thseason; the monthly Reel Film Club, already in its 12th year; and many others. All in all, the audience has grown from 500 people in 1985 for the first Chicago Latino Film Festival to more than 70,000 (Latinos and non-Latinos) who enjoy the year-round multidisciplinary cross-cultural exchanges offered by the Center.

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