Joshua Davis is a writer, film producer, and co-founder of Epic Magazine and Epic Digital. He is the author of the 2017 NIACC Common Read book, Spare Parts, which was adapted into a film by Lionsgate starring George Lopez, Marisa Tomei, and Jamie Lee Curtis.
Joshua Davis’ Spare Parts begins in 2004 when four Latino teenagers arrive at a national underwater robotics championship at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Oscar, Lorenzo, Cristian, and Luis were all born in Mexico but raised in Phoenix, Arizona, where they grew up in constant fear of deportation. Their high school–hundreds of miles from the nearest ocean, with no pool, little money to spare, and more than 80 percent of its students below the poverty line–was the last place you’d expect to find kids building an underwater robot. But two big-hearted teachers believed that the four unusual students–a disciplined JROTC cadet, a rebellious would-be gang member, a brainy nerd, and a quiet towering giant–needed something different in their lives.
Join us for a free viewing of the documentary Underwater Dreams –Wednesday, October 18, 2017, at 7 p.m. in the NIACC Auditorium.