Hanson Dialogues: A Conversation on Diversity & Opportunity in Hollywood

    Moctesuma Esparza (right) on the 1987 set of The Milagro Beanfield War.
    Moctesuma Esparza (right) on the 1987 set of The Milagro Beanfield War.

    “Diversity in Hollywood is not just about the Oscars. Join us April 29 for a lively conversation with legendary Academy Award-nominated film and TV producer, entrepreneur and Latino activist Moctesuma Esparza. Hear behind-the-scenes stories from the man who has devoted his 40-year career to opening doors for minorities … and who gave Jennifer Lopez her breakout role. 

    Producer of SELENA starring Jennifer Lopez, THE MILAGRO BEANFIELD WAR directed by Robert Redford, WALKOUT directed by Edward James Olmos, INTRODUCING DOROTHY DANDRIDGE starring Halle Berry, among many other films, Moctesuma weighs in on #OscarsSoWhite and more. 

    Moderated by Tucson native, UA alum, Emmy Award winning producer and comedian Peter Murrieta, HANSON DIALOGUES is the new conversation series focusing on Film + TV + Culture presented by the Hanson Film Institute. 

    Entry is FREE. No tickets required. More at www.hansonfilm.org

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    Carolyn Classen
    Carolyn Sugiyama Classen, a life long Democrat, was born & raised in the State of Hawaii, was a Legislative Aide for U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye on Capitol Hill, and practiced law for a while. In Tucson she worked as a tribal staff attorney for the Pascua Yaqui Tribe and later was the Interim Executive Director of the now defunct Domestic Violence Commission. In 2008 she became a “My Tucson” guest columnist for the Tucson Citizen newspaper, then continued blogging for Tucsoncitizen.com for over four and a half years. Her blogsite was entitled “Carolyn’s Community” about community events and some political news, until Gannett Publishing shut down the site on January 31, 2014. She started with Blog for Arizona on Feb. 11, 2014. Part time she has been sitting as a Hearing Officer in Pima County Consolidated Justice Courts Small Claims Division since April, 2005. She is married to University of Arizona Distinguished Professor Albrecht Classen, a native of Germany. They have one son, who lives in Seattle, WA with his wife and daughter. She is also the Editor of the Southern Arizona Japanese Cultural Coalition website, www.southernazjapan.org (since Jan. 2013).

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