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Also Known As: Moctesuma Diaz Esparza Died:
Born: March 12, 1949 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Los Angeles, California, USA Profession: producer, political activist

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A native of Southern California, Esparza began producing Spanish-language and bilingual documentaries and television shows while still in film school. Co-founder (with Robert Redford) of the Sundance Institute, a non-profit organization which aids young filmmakers, Esparza has maintained his commitment to the Chicano community from his first feature, "Only Once in a Lifetime" (1979) to one of his best-known efforts, "The Milagro Beanfield War" (1988). Along with Robert Katz, Esparza also undertook producing responsibilities on the massive historical recreation, "Gettysburg" (1993).

A native of Southern California, Esparza began producing Spanish-language and bilingual documentaries and television shows while still in film school. Co-founder (with Robert Redford) of the Sundance Institute, a non-profit organization which aids young filmmakers, Esparza has maintained his commitment to the Chicano community from his first feature, "Only Once in a Lifetime" (1979) to one of his best-known efforts, "The Milagro Beanfield War" (1988). Along with Robert Katz, Esparza also undertook producing responsibilities on the massive historical recreation, "Gettysburg" (1993).

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Cisco Kid, The (1994) Bishop
2.
 Walkout (2006)
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Milestones close milestones

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Producer of bilingual films for "Sesame Street" while still a student
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Founder of the Chicano Research Center at UCLA
1973:
MA thesis was documentary film for NBC, "Cinco Vidas" (Five Lives)
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Hired as producer for PBS children's series "Villa Allegre" (Happy Village)
1974:
Formed Moctesuma Esparza Productions
1977:
First feature, "Only Once in a Lifetime"
1981:
Co-founder of Sundance Institute
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Education

University of California at Los Angeles: Los Angeles , California -
University of California at Los Angeles: Los Angeles , California -

Notes

Active politically, Esparza served as co-chair of the California youth delegation to the Democratic National Convention in 1972, campaigned for Tom Hayden and Jimmy Carter, and was appointed to the Presidential scholar's commission and the L.A. bicentennial commission.

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