The Robot Was Just the Beginning
Underwater Dreams, written and directed by Mary Mazzio, and narrated by Michael Peña, is the epic story of how the sons of undocumented Mexican immigrants learned how to build an underwater robot from Home Depot parts. And defeat engineering powerhouse MIT in the process.
Hailed by Jonathan Alter as “the most politically significant documentary film since Waiting for Superman (The Daily Beast); featured on the Colbert Report; called “astonishing… already a contender for the best documentary of 2014″ (David Noh, Film Journal); “moving and insightful” (Gary Goldstein, Los Angeles Times), and named one of the Best Family Movies of 2014 by Common Sense Media, alongside Selma and Birdman; Underwater Dreams was released theatrically in Los Angeles, New York, and Phoenix with AMC Theatres.
This film screened at the White House this Spring, coming on the heels of a new coalition of corporate funders, educational institutions and non-profits, all galvanized together to fund STEM education for under-represented students. Called the Let Everyone Dream Coalition, we are at $100 million and counting.
The film also opened Clinton Global (with Chelsea Clinton moderating) and screened at the Aspen Ideas Festival (with Jonathan Alter moderating). The film embarked upon a 100 city tour in partnership with AMC Theatres where non-profits and educators were able to bring large groups of students to their local AMC to see the film on the big screen. Free of charge.
In concert with the White House screening, EPIX will broadcast the film on the EPIX channel as well as EPIX.com. In addition, a special short version of Underwater Dreams was broadcast, simultaneously in English and Spanish, on MSNBC and Telemundo (and mun2), with events and initiatives in partnership with NBCUniversal/Comcast. In addition to visiting the White House, the Underwater Dreams team was honored at the 2014 Hispanic Heritage Awards (broadcast on PBS), along with Zoe Saldana and Pepe Aguilar. The film was also included in PBS’s “American Graduate” and was awarded a Latino De Hoy Award by the Los Angeles Times.
NEW: The White House has just announced that Oscar Vazquez, featured in Underwater Dreams, has been invited to join First Lady Michelle Obama in her box for the President’s final State of the Union address. Click here for more information.
Beginning in the Summer of 2015, 50 Eggs will be working with NCLR, Babson College and DREAM.US on an innovative educational initiative around parent and student engagement in several cities.
Narrated by Michael Peña. Written and Directed by Mary Mazzio. Funded by the Bezos Family Foundation and the Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund, with additional support from Babson College, the Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust and others. Executive Producers: Michael Peña, Laurie Tisch, Jackie Bezos, Mike Bezos, John H. Carlson, Hope Pascucci, Mike Pascucci, Jeb Bush, Jr., Stephanie Hunt, Hunter Hunt, Christine Vachon, Sanjay Rawal, and Sarah Lenti.