April 14, 2000
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.
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
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.