From the Windy City Times

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 topics—teen violence and abortion, respectively.

Her newest production company, Las Pilonas—which she formed a year ago with sisters, Yovani Flores and Evon Flores Barrera—was behind Thresholds. Voces Primeras—her first production company, which was formed in 2006—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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