Voto Latino CEO & President Maria Teresa Kumar and 'Cesar Chavez' film director Diego Luna (Photo: Zach Wood / REVAMP.com).
All photographs by Zach Wood for REVAMP.com.
PENN QUARTER --
Flash bulbs popped and television cameras rolled at the Newseum
on Tuesday evening, during the D.C. red carpet premiere of the soon-to-be-released film 'Cesar Chavez
Walking the red carpet at last night's glitzy screening was director Diego Luna
and cast members America Ferrera
and Rosario Dawson
, in addition to plenty of notables, such as former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa
and current Congressman Xavier Becerra
Following the showing, guests were treated to an exclusive Q&A session with select cast and crew moderated by MSNBC anchor Alex Wagner
. Wagner, of course, has herself been making headlines
recently (outside of her normal on-air professional responsibilities) thanks to her recent engagement to White House chef Sam Kass
Speaking of the latter's boss, Luna, Ferrera, and Dawson will join President Obama
later today at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. for the ultimate movie night, as reported by The Reliable Source
Both Washington screenings were made possible with the support of nonpartisan nonprofit Voto Latino
, which seeks to engage and empower Latino Millennials by advocating for Latino issues, such as immigration and voting reform, healthcare, and education.
As the Chairwoman of the organization, Dawson is a frequent visitor to Washington and a regular on the Hill. Voto Latino CEO Maria Teresa Kumar
was also naturally ever present last night and even humorously live tweeted a group photograph, from the after party at chef Jose Andres
' nearby Oyamel Cocina Mexicana
A biographical motion picture, 'Cesar Chavez' tells the story of the eponymous civil rights activist and labor organizer, as he rose from his job as a relatively unknown field laborer in California to become one of the co-founders of the powerful National Farm Workers Association.
His contributions to and sacrifices for America's 'story of progress' were formally recognized by President Obama back in 2011, when Chavez's birthday on March 31st was decreed by Presidential Proclamation to be Cesar Chavez Day.