ArtExchange and PALACIO MAGAZINE to Screen Compelling Film UNDERWATER DREAMS at Second Saturday Art Walk


Image courtesy of ArtExchange.

You can do what you set your mind to, no matter where you’re from, who you are or what your present situation may be, according to The ArtExchange and The two organizations are working to relay this message Saturday through the screening of the film Underwater Dreams

In partnership with Ambulante California, the two Long Beach-based organizations will screen Underwater Dreams at the Second Saturday Art Walk on October 10 at 7:00PM.

Written and directed by Mary Mazzio and narrated by Michael Peña, the film tells the story of four teenage boys, the sons of Mexican immigrants, who entered a sophisticated underwater robotics competition, going up against the likes of engineering powerhouse MIT, and winning.

“There is extra significance in these times when so much is being said about immigrants,” said Publisher and Executive Editor Antonio Ruiz in a statement. “These young people are a model for all young Latinos everywhere.”

This “rag-tag” team of undocumented high school students accomplished what no one thought they could. The competition, however, was just the beginning of their legacy.

“This is a great opportunity to showcase the intersection of creativity and technology,” explained ArtExchange Chief Executive Officer Nicolassa (Niko) Galvez in a statement. “Add the special story of these young people and you have a lesson of what is possible.”

The film will be screened in the parking lot adjacent to the ArtExchange, the southeast corner of Third Street and Long Beach Boulevard. A panel discussion will follow the film discussing Robotic programs in the Long Beach Unified School District. Additional programming and new art exhibitions will be available from 6:00PM to 10:00PM at the ArtExchange.

Additional partners include Building Healthy Communities Long Beach with funding from The California Endowment.

To watch the Underwater Dreams trailer, click here. For event details, click here.

ArtExchange is located at 356 East 3rd Street.

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Asia Morris has been with the Long Beach Post for five years, specializing in coverage of the arts. Her parents gave her the name because they wanted her to be a world traveler and they got their wish. She has obliged by pursuing art, journalism and a second career as a competitive cyclist.