Past Event

Spare Parts

A Reel Progress Screening and Live Q&A

6:30 - 9:00 PM EST

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

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

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