Friday, May 23, 2014

“DOCUMENTED” Opens in San Diego; Writer/Director Q&A After Select Screenings

90 minutes. According to MTV President Stephen Friedman, who introduced “Documented” at a screening in New York City last week, that’s all we need to move forward the conversation.

"No matter how you feel about the immigration debate now,” he said, “I guarantee you'll see it differently 90 minutes from now. And that's the hallmark of a great story."

“Documented” is my story, and I now share it in San Diego -- where almost 200,000 people are undocumented.

If you happen to watch Real Time, Jose Antonio Vargas was on tonight and his film, Documented, is screening this week in San Diego, including some Q&A sessions after a few of the showings. I just bought a ticket to Saturday's showing at 5:30pm if anyone cares to join me.

Here's more info:

Writer and Director, Jose Antonio Vargas to be present at select screenings for Q&A.

(San Diego, CA) - “Documented,” a project of Define American, begins its one week theatrical on May 23, 2014 at the Reading Cinemas Gaslamp 15 in San Diego. Following several screenings, Writer and Director Jose Antonio Vargas host Q&A discussions with local community groups.

WHO: Jose Antonio Vargas, Writer and Director, “Documented”, panelist

WHAT: One Week Limited Engagement Theatrical Release of “Documented” in San Diego
Writer and Director Vargas to host several post-screening Q&A sessions

WHERE: Reading Cinemas Gaslamp 15 (701 Fifth Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101)

WHEN: Limited Engagement Theatrical Run - May 23 to 29, 2014
In-Person Q&A after showings on
Saturday, May 24, 2014, 5:30 PM and 7:40 PM
Sunday, May 25, 2014 5:55 PM and 8:00 PM

NOTE: Tickets can be purchased here.

Define American, founded by Jose Antonio Vargas in 2011, is a media and culture campaign using the power of story to transcend politics and shift conversation around immigration, identity, and citizenship in America. You can learn more at

About “Documented”:
Vargas began working on the documentary shortly before “outing” himself as undocumented in a groundbreaking June 2011 New York Times Magazine essay, “My Life as an Undocumented Immigrant.” Sent here from the Philippines at age 12 by his mother to live with his grandparents - naturalized citizens - in Mountain View, CA, Vargas found out he was undocumented when he was 16. "Documented" follows Jose as he travels around the country, speaking to people across America and sharing his personal experience in order to spark an honest dialogue about immigration and the 11 million undocumented immigrants living in the US today. The film also explores his relationship with his mom - whom he hasn't seen in person in over 20 years.

CNN Films acquired the North American broadcast rights to “Documented” in November 2013, before its international premiere at the International Documentary Film Festival in Amsterdam and following its world premiere at the AFI Docs festival in Washington, D.C. in June 2013.
"Documented" is a project of Define American, and executive producers include Sean Parker, Matthew HIltzik, Liz Simons, Scott Budnick, Janet Yang and Kevin Iwashina. "Documented" is the inaugural film by Apo Anak Productions, created by Vargas in honor of his grandparents and mother. In Tagalog, Vargas' native language, "apo" means grandchild and "anak" means "child." For more information, please visit:

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