April 14, 2000

Hollywood and CHCI Team Up For Hispanic Youth

Westwood, CA — The Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI), New Line Cinema and Esparza-Katz Productions hosted a star-studded movie premiere of Price of Glory, starring Jimmy Smits and Jon Seda on Thursday, March 23, 2000, 7:30 p.m. at the Mann National Theatre. Proceeds from the premiere and after-party will provide Hispanic youth with a unique opportunity to experience Washington, DC first-hand through the leadership development programs of CHCI.

CHCI Executive Director Ingrid Duran (center) with "Price of Glory" stars Maria del Mar (Rita Ortega) and Jimmy Smits (Arturo Ortega).

Price of glory, a family drama set in the world of boxing, explores the complexities of a father-son relationship. The film debut from director Carlos Avila features a predominately Latino cast including Maria Del Mar, Paul Rodriguez, and Clifton Collins, Jr. The films was released nationally on March 31.

"At a time when there are so few films in Hollywood portraying positive Latino images, the Price of Glory is an entertainment industry benchmark. CHCI is proud to associate itself with a film that depicts the richness of the Hispanic culture and the importance of family in our community," said Ingrid Duran, CHCI executive director.

"Esparza-Katz has continually supported national Latino organizations through all our benefit movie premieres. We are proud to partner with CHCI to promote our latest movie, Price of Glory," said producer Moctesuma Esparza. "CHCI's work in creating opportunities for Latino youth through their internship and fellowship programs is to be commended."

Ingrid Duran with L.A. area boxing team after the premiere.

The premiere, the only with full-cast attendance, was the central event celebrating the release of the movie. The after-party featured a special appearance by soundtrack-artist Ozomatli. Among the stars that attended the premiere were: Jimmy Smits, Jon Seda, Clifton Collins, Jr., Paul Rodriguez, Esai Morales, Dennis Franz, Judd Nelson, Diego Serrano, Matt Cedeno, Milton Berle, Seth Green, Anel Lopez Gorham, Maria Del Mar, and Dave Navarro. Director Carlos Avila, screenwriter Phil Berger, and producer Moctesuma Esparza also attended.

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