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.

This is how it transpired: two energetic high school science teachers, on a whim, decided to enter their high school, a Title I school where most of the students live in poverty, into a sophisticated robot competition sponsored by NASA and the Office of Naval Research Research,, among others. Only four boys signed up for the competition, but once assembled, the boys, with enthusiasm and verve, started calling oceanic engineers and military contractors for design help. They were advised that their underwater robot would require glass syntactic flotation foam. Short on money, all they could afford was PVC pipe from Home Depot. And some duct tape. After a few test runs of their robot, the team was confident that they would not come in last, so they all piled into a beat up van to head to the venue for the competition…

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JULY 11-17, 2014
New York and Los Angeles
AMC Empire 25 – NYC
AMC Burbank 6

JULY 18 – 24, 2014
AMC Arizona Center:  565 N 3rd Street.   SHOWTIMES:  10:15am, 12:30pm, 2:45pm, 5:10p;m, 7:30pm, 9:45pm.  CLICK HERE TO BUY TICKETS.

JULY 19, 2014 - Everywhere.  Beginning July 19, 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.)

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.

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August 7, 2014 - Boston, MA
Hosted by the MA Govenors STEM Council.

JULY 20, 2014 - Los Angeles, CA
Hosted by The National Council of La Raza .

JULY 1, 2014 - Aspen, CO
Hosted by the Aspen Ideas Festival. Jonathan Alter (NBC) moderating.

JUNE 23, 2014 - Denver, CO
Hosted by Clinton Global Initiative. Chelsea Clinton moderating and Governor Hickenlooper making remarks.

JUNE 21, 2014 - Austin, TX
7:00 PM Austin Convention Center Hosted by the National PTA and the Hispanic Heritage Foundation.

JUNE 5, 2014 - Washington, DC
Hosted by the US Chamber of Commerce.

APRIL 29, 2014 - Washington, DC
Hosted by the Center for American Progress, the National Immigration Forum, and