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, 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, which is the centerpiece of NBCUniversal’s new community engagement campaign focused on engaging the next generation of Hispanic students around engineering, 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.
As part of a larger partnership with NBCUniversal/Comcast, a special 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 in partnership with NBCUniversal/Comcast (as well as Voto Latino, Dream.US, and FIRST Robotics) this year. A back-to-school initiative is underway with NBC Learn. In addition to visiting the White House, the Underwater Dreams team was honored at the 2014 Hispanic Heritage Awards, along with Zoe Saldana and Pepe Aguilar.
The film is now available via DVD, online, iTunes, on-demand with most cable providers, 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 DREAM.us.
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.