Latino Community Comes Together to Make Movies About Their Daily Life


‘Adios Vaya Con Dios’ wins award and receives international distribution

CHICAGO, IL – The feature film “Adios Vaya Con Dios” brings together groups often at odds with each other to tell the stories of everyday life in Chicago area communities with Latino gangs. The film was shot in in businesses, homes and churches in Aurora and Joliet with local residents and rival gang members who played major roles in the film and were coached by the professional actors in the movie.

“Adios,” the first film from Chicago-based Ave Fenix Pictures, is now released in major retail stores, on Video on Demand and in the U.S. and Latin America. “Adios” is available at Amazon, iTunes, Best Buy, Walmart, VUDU, HBO, Xfinity/Comcast, Google Play, MGO, Sudden Link and more throughout the months.

A gritty urban thriller inspired by real events, “Adios Vaya Con Dios,” which means “Goodbye, go with God,” is the story of two friends in the world of Latino street gangs in Aurora and Joliet, Illinois, two towns located less than 50 miles from Chicago.

“The parents in the community are happy their kids are doing something creative and off the street,” said Mónica Esmeralda León, who made the film with Ave Fenix Pictures partner Zachary Laoutides. “We will be making more films that deal with real problems with the Latino Chicago area communities and again using people and rival gang members from the area to tell their stories.”

“Adios Vaya Con Dios” debuted in October 2014 at the Bel-Air Film Festival, where it was runner up in the Best Audience Feature Film Award category and was nominated for best screenplay. In addition, Laoutides, who wrote the movie and co-stars in it, received a best actor nomination.

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