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“Underwater Dreams” To Be Screened

Published: September 15, 2015

On Thursday, Oct. 1, from 6-9 p.m., the film “Underwater Dreams,” written and directed by Mary Mazzio, and narrated by Michael Peña, will be shown in the Beach Auditorium in the University Student Union. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.

The film follows the epic story of how the sons of undocumented Mexican immigrants learned how to build an underwater robot with parts from Home Depot—and defeat engineering powerhouse MIT in the process. This rag-tag high school team of undocumented Mexican boys did what no one thought possible and the competition was only the beginning, with these young men forging a legacy that could not have been imagined.

Hailed by journalist/author 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, “Underwater Dreams” was released theatrically in Los Angeles, New York and Phoenix in AMC Theatres.

This film screened at the White House and opened the Clinton Global Initiative, as well as having showings at the Aspen Ideas Festival. 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 local AMC theaters to see the film, free of charge.

In addition to visiting the White House, the “Underwater Dreams” team was honored at the 2014 Hispanic Heritage Awards, and the film was also included in PBS’s “American Graduate” and awarded a Latino De Hoy Award by the Los Angeles Times.

Underwater Dreams