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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MA thesis was documentary film for NBC, "Cinco Vidas" (Five Lives)
Formed Moctesuma Esparza Productions
First feature, "Only Once in a Lifetime"
Co-founder of Sundance Institute