The Robot Was Just the Beginning

Underwater Dreams, written and directed by Mary Mazzio, and narrated by Michael Peña, is an 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) with similar reviews from the New York Times and others, and named one of the Best Family Movies of 2014 by Common Sense Media, alongside Boyhood, Selma and Birdman; Underwater Dreams was released theatrically on July 11 in Los Angeles, New York, and Phoenix with AMC Theatres (and extended twice in Phoenix).

This spring, the project was announced by the White House; opened Clinton Global (with Chelsea Clinton moderating); and screened at the Aspen Ideas Festival (with Jonathan Alter moderating). The film is currently embarking upon a 100 city tour in partnership with AMC Theatres where non-profits and educators can bring large groups of students to their local AMC to see the film on the big screen.  Free of charge.

A special short 44 minute version of Underwater Dreams was broadcast, simultaneously in English and Spanish, on MSNBC and Telemundo (and mun2).  The film will also travel to a series of conventions and events this year, with Telemundo and local NBC affiliates covering those events.  A back-to-school initiative was just completed with NBC Learn.  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 will be awarded a Latino De Hoy Award this month by the Los Angeles Times.

The film is now available via DVD, online, iTunes, as well as special events.  50% of all profits from the film will be donated to the Carl Hayden Robotics Team first, and then to

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.

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Everywhere.  Beginning September 1, AMC Theatres will, free of charge, host up to 100 community screenings across the U.S. to enable school and non-profit groups to enjoy the film on the big screen this summer and fall.  (If you represent a community group, non-profit, or school and can gather at least 100 people for a screening, please click the AMC logo below to request a screening. All requests must be submitted by October 1, 2014 and all screenings must happen by October 15, 2014.  Limited to the first 100 qualified requests. Include name and type of organization, requested dates, and number of kids.

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JULY 18 – AUGUST 1, 2014
Phoenixdue to demand, extended twice
AMC Arizona Center

JULY 11-17, 2014
New York and Los Angeles
AMC Empire 25 – NYC

JULY 20 , 2014:  Special presentation of a television version of the film, broadcast simultaneously in English and Spanish on MSNBC and Telemundo  at 1pm EST. July 21 – on mun2.