29th Chicago Latino Film Festival

Absolutely see-worthy films at their best! The 29th Chicago Latino Film Festival is something every Chicagoan should take advantage of. Not only does it include films from all over Latin America but also local film makers; making our city look good! My trip was prompted by the documentary 19 and a day—a film about slain Pilsener /Hip hop artist Jeff Maldonado, Jr. (J-DEF) that I blogged about a few weeks ago.  Unfortunately, I missed the screening at UIC’s Latino Cultural Center but I did get there in time to speak to Elizabeth Maldonado, Jeff’s mother who told me to catch the next screening at this film festival.

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19 AND A DAY: The Life and Times of J-DEF


Come check out this impacting documentary at UIC’s Latino Cultural Center Tuesday, April 2, 2013 of a fallen Chicago emcee whose life was lost far too soon. He was not only an artist but an advocate for a safer community, creating music that educated listeners to seek peace and sanctity in the “hood.”

On July 25, 2009, one day after his 19th birthday, this young aspiring artist fell victim to Pilsen’s gun violence. Pilsen is no stranger to violence, but on this occasion, Jeff Abbey Maldonado, Jr.’s death was widely viewed as a testament to Chicago’s falter; gang violence. Known to many as J-DEF, Jeff touched lives with his music and optimism which caused family and friends to keep his name alive and attempt to build peace in our violent city.

Due greatly to his parents, his life has not been taken in vain with an array of memorials and tributes to Jeff’s life–one solely known as the J-Def Peace Project, creating scholarships, youth initiatives, and 19 AND A DAY, dedicated to Jeff’s life.

So, stop by the Latino Cultural Center and learn about our very own Chicago legacy–Jeff Abbey Maldonado, Jr., followed by a panel discussion lead by his mother, Elizabeth Maldonado.

FREE admission!

“Understand My Astronomy, Who Could Possibly Stop This Hood Prophecy”– J-DEF