JOLIET – Former Joliet resident Zachary Laoutides of Chicago, and co-owner of indie studio Ave Fenix, recently released another film, "Arise from Darkness."
The movie was filmed in Joliet and Aurora. It portrays the bruja culture, which translates to 'witch' is Spanish. The screenplay is based on stories coming out of Detroit, Joliet and Aurora.
The bruja's function inside Latino neighborhoods as psychics or witch doctors often sought for advice, counsel and many times curses. Many pay tribute to Santa Muerte the Angel of Death (a saint to many in the Mexican culture).
Cast includes Laoutides as Lazaro), Monica Esmeralda Leon as Lazaro's girlfriend and Galilea Mendoza of Aurora as Lazaro's daughter, Maggie.
The film is nominated for awards and being picked up a film festivals. It is available on VOD/DVD.
For more information, visit www.avefenixpictures.com.