Latina filmmakers on companies, movie projects
by Carrie Maxwell, Windy City Times
Linda Garcia Merchant has been making films for the last six years and with her latest productions, Thresholds and The A Word, she covers two controversial topicsâ€”teen violence and abortion, respectively.
Her newest production company, Las Pilonasâ€”which she formed a year ago with sisters, Yovani Flores and Evon Flores Barreraâ€”was behind Thresholds. Voces Primerasâ€”her first production company, which was formed in 2006â€”backed The A Word.
Merchant, Barrera and Flores grew up in the Humboldt Park neighborhood of Chicago and while Flores now resides in Phoenix, Merchant and Barrera still call Chicago home.
Merchant and Flores are both lesbians while Barrera is an ally of the LGBT community.
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