Moctesuma Esparza

Producer, Political activist
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 ... Read more »
Born: 03/12/1949 in Los Angeles, California, USA

Filmography

Producer (25)

Taco Shop 2014 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Night Crew 2014 (Movie)

(Producer)

Mosquita y Mari 2012 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Gods and Generals 2003 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Price of Glory 2000 (Movie)

(Producer)

Selena 1997 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Disappearance of Garcia Lorca 1997 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

The Avenging Angel 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Gettysburg 1993 (Movie)

(Producer)

A Bowl of Beings 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

A Latino Session 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Ambulance 1990 (Movie)

(Producer)

Hoxsey: The Quack Who Cured Cancer 1988 (Movie)

(Co-Producer)

Tag till himlen 1988 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

The Milagro Beanfield War 1988 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Telephone 1988 (Movie)

(Producer)

Radioactive Dreams 1986 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Ballad of Gregorio Cortez 1982 (Movie)

(Producer)

Only Once in a Lifetime 1978 (Movie)

(Producer)

Butter (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Introducing Dorothy Dandridge (TV Show)

Executive Producer

One Hot Summer (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Rough Riders (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Selma, Lord, Selma (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Walkout (TV Show)

Executive Producer
Actor (2)

The Cisco Kid (TV Show)

Actor

Walkout (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

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).

EDUCATION

University of California at Los Angeles

Los Angeles , California

University of California at Los Angeles

Los Angeles , California

Milestones

1981

Co-founder of Sundance Institute

1977

First feature, "Only Once in a Lifetime"

1974

Formed Moctesuma Esparza Productions

1973

MA thesis was documentary film for NBC, "Cinco Vidas" (Five Lives)

Hired as producer for PBS children's series "Villa Allegre" (Happy Village)

Founder of the Chicano Research Center at UCLA

Producer of bilingual films for "Sesame Street" while still a student

Bonus Trivia

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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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