Hispanic Caucus Hosts Film Screening

Posted October 17, 2003 at 2:36pm

Members who may be looking to add a bit more drama and entertainment to their day on Tuesday might want to skip rushing home from work and stop by the City Museum of Washington to join members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus for a special showing of a new award-winning film.

The screening of “The Gatekeeper,” which won 10 national independent film festival awards this year, will be hosted by the film’s director, writer, producer and star, John Carlos Frey, along with Democratic Reps. Raúl Grijalva (Ariz.), Luis Gutierrez (Ill.), Solomon Ortiz (Texas) and Hilda Solis (Calif).

The 110-minute drama tells the story of life as a Border Patrol agent along the Mexico/United States border. It follows agent Adam Fields, a Mexican-American field officer who experiences first-hand the underworld of drug and human trafficking in his position as a border guard.

“Hollywood didn’t want to tell this story, so I raised the money myself,” Frey said in a statement. “I did extensive research and conducted numerous personal interviews with undocumented immigrants in order to formulate the screenplay.”

The film screening is at 6 p.m. at the City Museum, which is located at 801 K St. NW.

“The Gatekeeper” will open Friday at the Dupont Circle 5 Theater. For showtimes and ticket information, call (202) 972-9566.

— John McArdle