Spare Parts

A Reel Progress Screening and Live Q&A

This event is now full and closed to new registration. The film opens nationally in theaters on Friday, January 16th.

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Please join the Center for American Progress’ Reel Progress film series and Senator Richard Durbin for an exclusive screening of Spare Parts, a true life story about four Hispanic high school students who form a robotics club under the leadership of their school’s newest teacher, Fredi, played by George Lopez. With no experience, 800 dollars, used car parts and a dream, this rag tag team goes up against the country’s reigning robotics champion, MIT. On their journey, they learn not only how to build a robot- they learn to build a bond that will last a lifetime.

Welcome remarks:
Neera Tanden, President, Center for American Progress

Pre-screening remarks:
Sen. Richard Durbin (D-IL)
Oscar Vazquez, former robotics competitor and subject of film

Panelists:
George Lopez, actor, Spare Parts
Carlos Penavega, actor, Spare Parts
Marshall Fitz, Vice President, Immigration Policy, Center for American Progress

Moderator:
Vanessa Cárdenas, Vice President, Progress 2050, Center for American Progress

Additional information

Accessibility:

Closed-captioned-enabled video will be posted following the conclusion of the event.
If you require ADA-related accommodations for your in-person attendance at this event, please email events@americanprogress.org as soon as possible so that we may assist you.