FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
JOSE ANTONIO VARGAS’ FILM ‘DOCUMENTED’ HITS DIGITAL HD AND DVD OCTOBER 7TH
Vargas’ first person documentary examining immigration and identity available for pre-‐order now
(New York, NY – September 24, 2014) – Beginning October 7th, DOCUMENTED will be available from BOND/360 for audiences to purchase for download on iTunes and all digital platforms. In addition, the film can also be purchased on DVD and downloaded or streamed directly from documentedthefilm.com. Pulitzer Prize-‐ winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas made the critically-‐acclaimed documentary, which Newsday called “A triumph” and “intensely personal,” to document the three years since revealing himself as an undocumented immigrant. DOCUMENTED was released in theaters earlier this year and made its debut as a CNN Films broadcast in June. Vargas began filming shortly after he penned the 2011 personal essay for the New York Times Magazine, “My Life as an Undocumented Immigrant,” sharing his very personal story which includes his complicated relationship with his mother, whom he hasn’t seen in over 20 years. The film can currently be pre‐ordered at the suggested retail price of $12.99.
Since the film’s release, Vargas made national headlines when he was held by Border Patrol in McAllen, Texas, as he tried to depart the border town. Vargas had been visiting in support of the undocumented children held in the vicinity when he realized it was unlikely we would be able to leave without detainment. Since his release, Vargas has joined together with a group of fellow undocumented immigrants to appeal to the Obama administration for deferred action. Through their initiative to delay their deportations, they hope to achieve a broader executive action that could provide relief to the 11 million undocumented immigrants currently in the United States.
Define American, the media and culture campaign behind DOCUMENTED, wants the film to encourage an open conversation about immigrants and hopes that the upcoming digital release will bring it to an even broader audience. “We are excited to make DOCUMENTED accessible to a wide group of viewers who we hope will discover different applications for the film. Immigration is a complicated issue and through Jose’s heartfelt story, we hope to raise awareness of its far-‐reaching relevance and ultimately add thousands of voices to the question of our age: how do you define American?” said Define American’s campaign director, Ryan Eller.
More information about the film may be found by visiting documentedthefilm.com.About the film:
DOCUMENTED, which is a project of Define American, was executive produced by technology entrepreneur and philanthropist Sean Parker, Matthew Hiltzik (Paper Clips), philanthropist Liz Simons, Scott Budnick (The Hangover series), Janet Yang (The Joy Luck Club, The People vs. Larry Flynt), and Kevin Iwashina. The film chronicles Jose Antonio Vargas’ journey from when he was sent to America from the Philippines at age 12 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. It 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." About Define American:
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 defineamerican.com.