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SAN ANTONIO: Actors Jennifer Lopez, Edward James Olmos, Jon Seda and Becky Lee Maza received the key to the Alamo City, Tuesday, September 3, 1996 at the Alamodome as principal photography begins on location in San Antonio this Wednesday, September 4, 1996.

Councilman Roger Flores conducted the special commendation on behalf of the City of San Antonio. Joining him were Kathy Rhodes, Director of the San Antonio Film Commission, and Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Chair, Maria Elena Torrarba-Alonzo.

Accepting the key to the Alamo City was Director/Writer Gregory Nava; Producers, Moctesuma Esparza and Bob Katz, and Executive Producer, Abraham Quintanilla.

"I want to thank the people of San Antonio for welcoming us to their city. For me it is an honor to do this film. It is an important story that needs to be told. However, I truly wish in my heart that we did not have to make this film and that Selena was still with us. Selena was an incredible talent, an incredible human being who touched us all, " stated director Nava upon accepting the honors.

Selena Film Productions begins principal photography in San Antonio this Wednesday and is scheduled to shoot on location for approximately two months. According to producer Esparza, "the goal is to make a movie that reaches the entire world with the beautiful story of Selena, her family, and teh Tejano music taht she created, that we can all be proud of."

Actors Jennifer Lopez and Edward James Olmos who will play Selena and Abraham Quintanilla, respectively, were also on hand at the special welcome.

Actress Jennifer Lopez whose most recent film work included "Money Train" and "Jack," thanked the people of San Antonio by stating, "I am very pleased and happy to be starting principal photography on the Selena Project her in San Antonio. Thank you so much for this very special welcome.

Edward James Olmos said, "I want to thank San Antonio for opening its heart and for sharing with us its love for Selena. It's a joy to be home."

Olmos also urged every San Antonian to come out and participate in the remake of Selena's biggest and most famous concert held at Houston's Astrodome, which will be shot on location at the Alamodome on Sunday, September 15, 1996 from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., Director Nava and Producers Esparza and Katz are looking to draw over 30,000 Selena fans to participate as extras in the movie.

Selena Film Productions will wrap in San Antonio in late October ending with a shoot in Poteet (just south of San Antonio) as a remake of the concert at Monterrey, Tx. They will then shoot in Corpus Christi in early November. The movie is planned for release Easter or early Summer 1997.