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A Story of Creative High School Engineers Told in Underwater Dreams

A Story of Creative High School Engineers Told in <i>Underwater Dreams</i>

There's an inspiring short-feature doc buried in the sprawling 90 minutes of Underwater Dreams.

Perhaps the bright and creative high school engineers whose story Mazzio's film tells could give it a once-over and a working structure. In 2004 the robotics team from Phoenix's Carl Hayden Community High School (known as "the gang school") field-tripped to Santa Barbara to compete against the best colleges in an underwater robotics competition.

With an $800 robot rigged up from PVC pipes and tampons, the Hayden squad — all Hispanic, all the children of undocumented workers — pulled off an upset, besting even those ringers from MIT. That story, told in interviews and restaged footage, takes up about half of Mazzio's sunny doc. The rest follows up a couple years later, showing what became of the team members, what later Hayden squads have accomplished, and reuniting the '04 winners with the MIT kids they faced off with.

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AMC Empire 25

234 W. 42nd St.
New York, NY 10036

Category: Movie Theaters

Region: West 40s

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Directed by Mary Mazzio Opens July 11, AMC Empire 25



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