Award-Winning Murder in the Woods to Premiere at Chicago Latino Film Festival

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The award-winning horror/slasher film Murder in the Woods, directed and produced by Mexican filmmaker Luis Iga starring José Julián (A Better Life) and featuring distinguished actor Danny Trejo (Machete) has played to packed houses in Los Angeles, New York and Portland thus far and now will have its Midwest Festival Premiere at the renowned 34th Annual Chicago Latino Film Festival (CLFF), home of Latina writer and producer Yelyna De Leon. The film will play on Saturday April 7th at 9:15pm and Monday April 9th at 8:45pm. “I received the news while I was at Sundance and I couldn’t contain the excitement. I want to thank Pepe Vargas (ILCC Founder & Executive Director) and the Chicago Latino Film Festival for being pioneers in reshaping how the world sees Latinos and Minorities in cinema. I’m honored and grateful to be part of this festival and thrilled to have the opportunity to showcase this film to the over 1.9 million Latinos that reside in Chicago” said director and producer Luis Iga.

“Being a Latina born and raised on the Southside of Chicago in the Back of the Yards, attending Curie High as a performing arts theater major, who has attended this amazing festival in the past, I am humbly honored and thrilled to bring it back home and have it premiere in Chicago at the Chicago Latino Film Festival. As Latinos in Hollywood, we need all the support we can get from our communities to show Hollywood that we are done with stereotypes, so I am extremely grateful to festival director Pepe Vargas for his support. Mr. Vargas is a force who has always advocated for Latinos and Chicago native filmmakers and is very much a part of the change that Hollywood needs, by showcasing films like Murder in the Woods, which I wrote with non-stereotypical roles for Latinos to star in. The lead character is a strong Latina from Chicago and some of the songs in our film are by Latino Chicago natives, so I know that audiences will have a great time watching this film, and I can’t wait to go back to my roots where it all started,” said writer and producer Yelyna De Leon. Murder in the Woods distinguishes itself as being an All-American horror / slasher film in English, with an All-Latino cast in non- stereotypical roles, created by Latinos with a story that is of universal interest. Critics give it “4.5 out of 5 stars” and call Murder in the Woods “a fun, popcorn film” with a “phenomenal storyline” that “delivers on its promise in heaps.”

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