EPIX ORIGINAL DOCUMENTARY UNDERWATER DREAMS TO PREMIERE
WITH WHITE HOUSE SCREENING
EPIX Joins White House and “Let Everyone Dream” Coalition to Celebrate National Robotics Week
Film will be Made Available for Special Screenings across U.S. and for Viewing Free at EPIX.com
Beginning April 7
NEW YORK – March 23, 2015 –– Premium entertainment network EPIX today announced that its original documentary Underwater Dreams, a story of skill and determination displayed by an underdog robotics team, will premiereon April 7th at 8pm ET/PT to coincide with a White House screening of the film earlier that day. This screening will mark the kickoff National Robotics Week and supports the launch of the “Let Everyone Dream” Coalition, a national initiative introducing new multi-sector partnerships in support of STEM education for underserved students.
Underwater Dreams depicts the inspiring story of how the sons of undocumented Mexican immigrants built an underwater robot from Home Depot parts, entering a robotics competition and defeating engineering powerhouse MIT in the process. The film was narrated by Michael Peña and directed by American award-winning documentary filmmaker Mary Mazzio whose portfolio includes many films that have created a social impact, including The Apple Pushers (2011), Ten9Eight: Shoot for the Moon (2009), Lemonade Stories (2004), and A Hero For Daisy (1999).
In addition to the White House screening, Underwater Dreams will be available for hundreds of special screenings across the country and for viewing free at EPIX.com beginning April 7th and continuing through the week.
“The substance of this documentary is critical to today’s focus on STEM learning and we are thrilled at the opportunity for it to reach a larger audience through a White House screening and hundreds of special screenings across the country,” said Mark Greenberg, President and CEO of EPIX. “This is an outstanding documentary that aligns with EPIX’s long history of supporting filmmakers who capture meaningful subjects in entertaining and educational ways.”
EPIX has joined the White House and its network of affiliated organizations to launch the “Let Everyone Dream” Coalition in response to the President’s charge to find new and creative ways to support STEM education in the US. The coalition – which includes EPIX, Televisa, 3M, MIT, Wellesley College, CUNY, Motorola Solutions Foundation, Rockwell Automation and will.i.am’s i.am.angel foundation among others – has collectively committed more than $90 million dollars to support STEM education and opportunities for students from low income and under-represented communities.
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Nora Ryan, 212-846-8416