Washington, D.C. — On Tuesday, January 13, 2015, the Center for American Progress and Sen. Richard Durbin (D-IL) will host an exclusive screening of “Spare Parts” as part of CAP’s Reel Progress film series. Prescreening remarks will be delivered by CAP President Neera Tanden, Sen. Durbin, and Oscar Vazquez, a former robotics competitor and the subject of the film. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion with actors George Lopez and Carlos PenaVega—both of whom are featured in the film—and Marshall Fitz, CAP Vice President of Immigration Policy. The discussion will be moderated by Vanessa Cárdenas, Vice President of Progress 2050 at CAP.
“Spare Parts” is the true-life story of 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, used car parts, and a dream, this rag-tag team goes up against the country’s reigning robotics champion, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. On their journey, they learn not only how to build a robot but also how to build a bond that will last a lifetime.
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Neera Tanden, President, Center for American Progress
Sen. Richard Durbin (D-IL)
Oscar Vazquez, former robotics competitor and subject of the 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
January 13, 2015
6:30 p.m. ET – 9:00 p.m. ET
Landmark E Street Cinema
E St. NW between 10th St. and 11th St.
Washington, D.C., 20005
Nearest Metro: Blue/Orange/Red Line to Metro Center
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