In 2004, Andy Garcia began filming The Lost City and wanted to shoot one of the most memorable scenes of his movie at Chateau de la Fuente in July. Unfortunately, there was no tobacco plants growing at Chateau de la Fuente during that time because the tobacco plants are usually harvested in March.
After the movie was shot at Chateau de la Fuente, the tobacco plants were harvested and aged. Carlito Fuente initially intended the summer crop only as a setting for Garcia's movie. Andy Garcia, though, had other ideas. "When we finished shooting the scene, I asked Carlito what he was going to do with the tobacco," Garcia recalled. "He said if the tobacco was good he'd use it. I suggested using it to make a cigar with the logo from The Lost City, and that the project would benefit his foundation." At the wish of Andy Garcia, the Lost City Scholarship Fundhas been established to provide college scholarships to the students who graduated from the Cigar Family high school. The Cigar Family Charitable Foundation provides education and health services to the underprivileged children in the Bonao region of the Dominican Republic.
Directed by Andy Garcia
Written by G. Cabrera Infante
Producers: Frank Macuso Jr. and Andy Garcia
Executive Producers: Tom Gores and Johnny O. Lopez
"Set in 1950s Havana as Fidel Castro is seizing hold of Cuba, the film uses an epic backdrop to tell the intimate story of the Fellove family: tolerant club owner Fico (Garcia) and his more politically charged brothers, Luis (Nestor Carbonell) and Ricardo (Enrique Murciano). The film is a lush, gorgeous love letter to Garcia's homeland and a major accomplishment for any filmmaker, let alone a first-time feature director working with a budget of less than $10 million." Jenelle Riley, Back Stage MORE INFORMATON ON THE LOST CITY MOVIE
Release Information for Fuente Fuente OpusX The Lost City
Each box is serial-numbered and comes with a certificate of authenticity.
FFOX The Lost City Robusto (50 X 5 1/4 inches, 20 mm x 132): 10 cigars per box, MSRP $289.00
FFOX The Lost City Double Robusto (52 x 5 3/4 inches, 20mm x 145): MSRP $299.00
FFOX The Lost City Toro (48 x 6 3/4 inches, 19mm x 170): MSRP $299.00
FFOX The Lost City Piramide (52 x 6 3/8inches, 20mm x 153): MSRP $310.00 FFOX The Lost City Lancero (38 x 7 1/2 inches, 15 mm x 190): 10 cigars per box, MSRP $310.00
FFOX The Lost City 5-Cigar Assortment: 1 Robusto, 2 Double Robusto and 2 Toro, MSRP $150.00
For consumers residing in the U.S., the state tobacco and sales taxes will be added to the MSRP, and for consumers residing outside the U.S., the import and local tobacco taxes will be added.
Fuente Fuente OpusX The Lost City 5-cigar Assortment, MSRP $150
As if Fuente Fuente OpusX cigars weren't rare enough, the OpusX Lost City is an esoteric brand within a brand, and the Piramide scored 93 points. There's an unusual story behind this line. When actor Andy Garcia was filming his movie Lost City, he needed verdant fields full of tobacco for the backdrop of a scene. Garcia asked Carlos "Carlito" Fuente Jr. if he could grow some late-harvest, throw-away tobacco just for the sake of the movie on his Chateau de la Fuente farm in the Dominican Republic. As it turned out, the tobacco was far from throw-away. Although it was grown and harvested far later than usual, the tobacco was unique, aromatic and ended up on this cigar brand.
Fuente Fuente OpusX The Lost City, Toro is awarded with Brilliant in 2009 by European Cigar Cult Journal.
Prometheus and Cigar Family Charitable Foundation Announce The Lost City Scholarship Fund.
The Lost City Scholarship Fund will provide college scholarship for the graduates of the Cigar Family High School in the Dominican Republic.
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, MAY 8, 2014 – Today, Prometheus and God of Fire, leading producers of cigar accessories and fine cigars, and Cigar Family Charitable Foundation, a charity formed to help underprivileged children in the Dominican Republic, announced The Lost City Scholarship Fund. The fund will provide college scholarships to the students who have graduated from the high school established by the Cigar Family Charitable Foundation.
Since its founding in 2001, the Cigar Family Charitable Foundation has been very successful in bringing schools, health care and recreational facilities to the Bonao region of the Dominican Republic, and has helped hundreds of children gain a high school education. The Lost City Scholarship Fund will provide a way for these graduates of the Cigar Family High School to attend college.
Eric Newman, co-founder of the Cigar Family Charitable Foundation, said, “This new scholarship fund is so exciting. Most of our graduates are the first in their family to attend high school, let alone graduate. Now, we can help them take the next step. It's our obligation to see them get their college degrees and help bring a new level of prosperity to this region.”
Carlos “Carlito” Fuente, Jr., co-founder of Cigar Family Charitable Foundation, added, “In 2004, our vision was to build a small school that will give a few children an opportunity to learn how to read and write. The effort grew into a 23 acre complex which now offers complete education from preschool through high school. Every year, some 500 children attend the Cigar Family schools, which have been recognized as a leading example of quality education in the Dominican Republic. With The Lost City Scholarship Fund, we can help underprivileged children become college graduates - and the future leaders of our global community.”
The charity is named after The Lost City, a 2005 film whose most memorable scenes were shot at Chateau de la Fuente, a tobacco farm where the legendary Fuente Fuente OpusX wrappers are grown. The Lost City was directed by Andy Garcia, and Fuente Fuente OpusX The Lost City cigar was created by the Arturo Fuente Cigar Company to commemorate the film and benefit underprivileged children. "When we finished shooting the scene, I asked Carlito what he was going to do with the tobacco," Andy Garcia recalls. "He said if the tobacco was good, he'd use it. I suggested using it to make a cigar with the logo from The Lost City, and that the project would benefit his foundation." The cigar is distributed by Prometheus and God of Fire. A portion of the sales proceeds of Fuente Fuente OpusX The Lost City cigars goes to fund The Lost City Scholarship Fund. The mission of The Lost City Scholarship Fund is nurturing the future leaders of the Dominican Republic.
“The Lost City Scholarship Fund is the logical next step in our effort that began when we started distributing the Fuente Aged Selection cigars,” Prometheus and God of Fire founder Keith K. Park said. “From the start, we wanted to bring cigar enthusiasts exclusive products that were the very finest the Fuentes could create, and have our effort benefit the region where the cigars are made. Prometheus and God of Fire have donated over $1 million from the sales proceeds of Opus22 and Opus6. The Lost City Scholarship Fund extends this effort and we can help the underprivileged children continue their higher education and give back to their community.”
In commemoration of the 10th anniversary of the making of The Lost City movie, the Lost City Scholarship Fund for Cigar Family Charitable Foundation was established by Prometheus and God of Fire. When recounting the history of the Lost City Scholarship Fund at the 2014 God of Fire Charity Dinner for the Better World, Keith K. Park, Founder and CEO of Prometheus and God of Fire, remembered a moment when the Fuentes were forced to choose between the charity and business. “They were about to start shipping the Fuente Fuente OpusX The Lost City cigars,” Park said. “But they had a shortage of boxes due to the fire at the box supplier. ‘If I ship FFOX Lost City cigars, I can't ship my cigars,' Carlito told me. But they went ahead and shipped the FFOX The Lost City cigars first, sacrificing the finances of their business for the benefit of the children." Pictured above: In appreciation of making the establishment of the Lost City Scholarship Fund for CFCF possible, Carlos Fuente Sr. and Jr. presented Johnny Lopez, executive producer of the Lost City, and Frank Mancuso Jr., producer, with the Lost City cigar boxes signed by the celebrities who attended the 2014 God of Fire Charity Dinner for the Better World. Andy Garcia, who is the director of the Lost City, could not attend the event due to scheduling conflict.