THE PANEL 2014

PANELISTA


Attorney Juan M. Soliz has had a distinguished career as a public servant, educator and attorney for over forty one years.
Born in Texas to Mexican parents, the 1976 University of Washington at Seattle Juris Doctor graduate has devoted his life's work to social justice and immigration issues. He moved to Chicago in 1978 to join The Legal Assistance Foundation. In 1980, he became the first Mexican-American Supervising Attorney of The Center for Immigrants. In 1982 he became the first Mexican American to run for IL State Representative. After forming the Juan M. Soliz Independent Political Party, he became the first Mexican-American to be elected to the IL General Assembly in 1984. He distinguished himself as an effective leader by his strong work protecting the rights of minorities, workers, women and consumers. He fought to create ward boundaries for Chicago that were representative of the Latino voter.
In March of 1986, he accomplished an unprecedented double victory by winning the nomination as the Democratic candidate for IL State Representative and winning the election as Alderman of the 25th Ward on the same day. He was the first Mexican-American Alderman of that ward and one of the first Latino Aldermen. While Alderman, he served as the first Mexican-American President Pro Tempore of the City Council, Chairman of Human Rights and Consumer Protection Committee, and Chairman of Aviation Committee. 
Atty. Soliz continues to defend immigrant rights and tirelessly advocates for comprehensive immigration reform for all. In the current climate of escalating aggression towards the immigrant community, especially the Mexican immigrant,  he recently founded a group, Mexico Defiende Lo Tuyo. The group serves to promote awareness of the defects in The Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo and how this illegal treaty can be used in a realistic manner as a powerful bargaining tool for comprehensive immigration reform. Atty. Soliz continues to champion the causes he holds dear; social justice, immigrant rights, immigration reform and giving voice to the voiceless.

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Moderator


At the age of 37, Jaime de Leon took an auspicious opportunity and ran with it after performing stand-up at a local bar in front of friends. Five years later, de Leon is one of Chicago’s rising stars of comedy. De Leon has gripped the mic in Chicago and Los Angeles, performing at clubs such as Zanies, the Laugh Factory and Jokes and Notes. While growing up as the son of immigrants in a Mexican family on Chicago’s South Side, de Leon developed a knack for “knocking ‘em dead,”

Filmmakers


Moises Martinez

Kahla Moody
Jaaliyah Linson

Devonne Gray

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Actor and writer. He has participated in many plays in both English and Spanish throughout the city. He’s a member of Aguijón’s ensemble, his credits with the company include: Adentro|Within, La Chunga and Orchids in the Moonlight; with The Main Street Opera Company’s he worked in the Zarzuela La Dolorosa. 

Reyna Hernandez


Panelist - Gentrification 2014

Jennifer Juárez

Jesse Mumm

Brian Herrera


Music - Jam Session #5

Rosy Campanita - Drum

Quetzalli Lopez -  Bongos



THE PANEL 2015

Juan M. Soliz

Rachel Azzarello, as she is know in her social circles, collectively curated the ten year running now archived- Chicago Anarchist Film Fest from 2005 to 2013. She has lived in Chicago for nineteen years and in Little Village for one. She looks forward to viewing the entries and thanks the film makers for participating. Her movie preferences are documentaries and comedies.



Reyna Hernandez is the daughter of Rey Hernandez, who immigrated from Monterrey, N.L. at age 25 and Minerva Martinez, second-generation from Monterrey born in Waukegan.  Continuing her family’s legacy of civic engagement, Reyna has focused her career and civic life on supporting education, leadership development, and capacity building in the Latino community since she was 16.  She currently provides strategic support to nonprofits and startups in Marshall Square, Back of the Yards, and Pilsen, as well as to school districts as a Changemaker with Innovare SIP.  She is adjunct faculty at DePaul University, teaching on issues of Latinos, English learners, and education.  Reyna previously served as Assistant Superintendent at ISBE, Research and Policy Associate at the Latino Policy Forum, Community Education Parent Facilitator at Waukegan CUSD 60, and educational director and trustee at the National Hispanic Institute. Reyna graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Government from Harvard University and holds a J.D. from New York Law School.

Originally from Guadalajara, Mexico, Jovanny has called Chicago home since 2015. He received a degree in Media Arts and Animation from the Art Institute of Portland, and had previously studied Graphic and Product Design at ITESO in Guadalajara. He is extremely passionate about film, TV and animation, and he's very interested in the future of media and entertainment.
Having spent most of his life in Mexico, he has a great understanding of the Latino community and the importance of giving back to his culture.
Currently he works for Univision Chicago as a Video Producer. At Univision he has earned four Emmy nominations of which he has won two. He also has served as a jury member the past two years for the Emmys. His passion for film drove him to introduce movie segments to several of Univision's programming and has since become the official film critic for the station and a member of the Chicago Film Critics Association.



Jorge Mújica Murias

México Cartelera 2016

Di no a la pirateria

Reyna Hernandez

Enrique García Fuentes

Marco Polo Soto

LiMe film festival's annual themes aim to bring awareness and foster conversation from a wide range of perspectives.

La Lucha Continúa

/ The Fight Continues Activism in the Digital Age

Panelist


Known for mixing history and culture with contemporary themes, Eric J. Garcia always tries to create art that is much more than just aesthetics.  Garcia has exhibited nationally to include such institutions like the San Francisco’s Museum of Modern Art, the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit and the National Museum of Mexican Art. 

Laura Nuñez

Eric J. Garcia

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Writer, Telemundo news reporter and correspondent for Televisa, Univision and EFE.

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*Ms Crotte has been a lecturer, workshop provider, trainer, coach, and storyteller with Illinois Humanities Council, Chicago Public Libraries, CPS Office of Language and Cultural Education and Academic Enhancement, Latino Policy Forum, Mujeres Latinas en Acción, The Resurrection Project, Southwest Organizing Project, Southwest Suburban Immigrant Project, HACES, Enlace, Niles Township Schools, De Paul University,  Northeastern Illinois University, University of Illinois in Chicago, Logan Square Neighborhood Association, Illinois Migrant Council, Heartland Alliance,  University of Arkansas,  and El Valor.

 *Collaborations as vocalist with several musical ensembles have featured her at House of Blues, Hot House, Old Town School of Folk Music, University of Wisconsin, Benito Juarez High School, Chicago Symphony Orchestra Hall with The Civic Orchestra, Sones de Mexico, Hoy Son Cuartet, Latin-jazz Orquesta La Tira, and bayanist virtuoso Stas Venglevski. She recorded the corrido Zapata  with Grammy nominated group Sones de Mexico.

 *Mc Arthur Foundation International Connections allowed her to plan, organize, and lead a rich cultural exchange experience  between education organizers in Chicago and Universities, NGO´s, Indigenous community organizers, Artists, and Families from 6 different states in Mexico to help understand and better serve the migrant communities from both sides of the border.

PANELISTA

Jorge Mújica was born in Mexico City and participated in several popular movements in Mexico until he moved to the United States in 1987. As a journalist, he worked in several Spanish language newspapers, in Univision and Telemundo Spanish TV stations, and won two “First Place” awards by the National Association of Hispanic Publishers. As an activist, Jorge has collaborated with many labor unions in organizing and election campaigns, picket lines, and strikes, and is a member of several community organizations dealing with Mexico-USA issues, from remittances to the right to vote from abroad. He is one of the three conveners of the historic immigrant rights marches in Chicago in 2006, and ran for the US Congress in 2009, representing the immigration movement in the electoral arena. As Strategic Campaigns Organizer he works with large groups of workers who are interested in organizing for long-term workplace improvements. Jorge is fluent in Spanish and English.

THE PANEL 2016

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Laura Nuñez is an alumnus of the School of Cinematic Arts of the University of Southern California and winner of the 16th Annual Pegasus Players Young Playwrights Festival. She is a founding member of Villarte Chicago and Co-Founder of the Little Village Arts Festival. A lifelong resident of Little Village, Ms. Nuñez loves to share her 20 years of entertainment industry experience with new artists and is very proud to serve as a panelist and judge of Lime Film Fest.

Jovanny Evans

Free Spirit Media

Laura Crotte


Panelist - Gentrification 2014

Brian Herrera

Amie Sell

Nando Espinosa


Music - Jam Session #2

Rosy Campanita - Drum

Quetzalli Lopez -  Little Marimba



Gentrification

Maria Lopez

THE PANEL 2017

Rachel Azzarello

Jaime de Leon

"Censorship & Free Speech"

Joel Vargas

Maria is a graduate of the University of Chicago with a B.A. in Cinema and Media Studies. A self-proclaimed cinephile with a strong affinity for Latino films, she developed a fervent passion for film that drove her to work for the Chicago Latino Film Festival. She has visited several international film festivals, including Lima, Peru; Asuncion, Paraguay; Rio de Janeiro Brazil; in search of the best films to exhibit in Chicago. She has also programmed and hosted a short film collection for CAN-TV titled Cine Latino: Festival of Short Films and also programmed a collection of Latin American shorts for WTTW- Channel 11.  She has been working as a programmer for the Chicago Latino Film Festival for nine years.

Moderator


Reyna Hernandez is the daughter of Rey Hernandez, who immigrated from Monterrey, N.L. at age 25 and Minerva Martinez, second-generation from Monterrey born in Waukegan.  Continuing her family’s legacy of civic engagement, Reyna has focused her career and civic life on supporting education, leadership development, and capacity building in the Latino community since she was 16.  She currently provides strategic support to nonprofits and startups in Marshall Square, Back of the Yards, and Pilsen, as well as to school districts as a Changemaker with Innovare SIP.  She is adjunct faculty at DePaul University, teaching on issues of Latinos, English learners, and education.  Reyna previously served as Assistant Superintendent at ISBE, Research and Policy Associate at the Latino Policy Forum, Community Education Parent Facilitator at Waukegan CUSD 60, and educational director and trustee at the National Hispanic Institute. Reyna graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Government from Harvard University and holds a J.D. from New York Law School.

THE SELECTION JUDGES COMMITTEE

LiMe's Short Film winner 2015

Rachel Azzarello

Panelist


Rachel Azzarello, as she is know in her social circles, collectively curated the ten year running now archived- Chicago Anarchist Film Fest from 2005 to 2013. She has lived in Chicago for nineteen years and in Little Village for one. She looks forward to viewing the entries and thanks the film makers for participating. Her movie preferences are documentaries and comedies.

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