White House Honors Family Film

WASHINGTON, D.C., JAN. 28, 2007 ( Zenit.org).- The director of the family film “Bella,” which won top honors at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival, has also been recognized as a model citizen.

In a White House ceremony this week, President George Bush gave the “Outstanding American Choice” award to Mexican-born Alejandro Monteverde, an initiative of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services to honor outstanding nationalized citizens.

Monteverde, who became a U.S. citizen last year, was also invited as a guest of first lady Laura Bush to the State of the Union address this week in which the president called for immigration reform.

The English-language film is set in New York and is described as an “uplifting family drama.”

According to the film’s Web site, “Bella” is the first project of Metanoia Films, founded two years ago “to create meaningful films that inspire the world and make a positive impact.”

Sean Wolfington, Ana Wolfington, Eustace Wolfington, and Stephen McEveety — who worked with Mel Gibson in “The Passion of the Christ” — served as the movie’s executive producers.