Jose A. (Pepe) Vargas

Pepe founded the Chicago Latino Cinema in 1987 and has been its Executive Director ever since. In addition, he has served as advisor and member of the jury for several international film festivals.

Born in Colombia, Pepe received a B.A. in law from Buenos Aires National University in 1975 and a B.A. in Arts Communication from Columbia College Chicago in 1985.

He previously succeeded as a lawyer and journalist and has written extensively about Latin American topics. He also has five years’ experience in television and radio as producer and director.

Pepe is the founder and executive director of the International Latino Cultural Center of Chicago, which hosts the long-standing Chicago Latino Film Festival each April as well as music and theater series for decades in Chicago.

The International Latino Cultural Center of Chicago (ILCC) is a Pan-Latino, 501(c)(3) (EIN #36-3580462) nonprofit multidisciplinary arts organization dedicated to developing, promoting and increasing awareness of Latino cultures among Latinos and other communities by presenting a wide variety of art forms including film, music, dance, visual arts, comedy and theater. The ILCC, originally founded as Chicago Latino Cinema, attained not-for-profit status in 1987, at which time it fulfilled its mission of promoting Latino culture primarily through the annual Chicago Latino Film Festival.

Pepe will open the NCLAFF sharing his views along side Sharon Mujica (NCLAFF founder), on how to build cultural programing of Latin America in the U.S. Pepe will giving open classes to students at Duke University and meeting with future cultural entrepreneurs in the region.

He will be present on October 20 to 22. Contact us for media opportunities (both in Spanish and English).

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