Havana Motor Club

Armando Croda and Lindsey Cordero

Bent-Jorgen Perlmutt, director, editor.
Zelmira Gainza, cinematographer.
Armando Croda, cinematographer, editor.
Lindsey Cordero, sound, assistant editor.
Julio C. Pérez IV, editor.
Javier de Pablos, assistant editor.
Laura Duarte, associate producer
Gloss Studio, producer.

HAVANA MOTOR CLUB was recently premiered at the Tribeca Film Fetsival 2015 in competition for Best Documentary. Tells a personal, character-driven story about Cuba’s vibrant community of underground drag racers and their quest to hold Cuba’s first official car race since the Revolution. It tackles how Cuba’s recent reforms — the owning of property, allowance of small businesses, and greater exchange between Cubans, Cuban Americans, tourists, and other foreigners — have affected the lives of these racers and their families. One racer enlists the help of a Cuban American patron in Miami to smuggle in parts for his modern car. His main competitor is a renowned mechanic who uses ingenuity rather than resources to create a racing monster. Another racer ponders whether he will participate in the race or sell his motor — one that he recovered on the ocean floor from a ship used to smuggle Cubans off the island — in order to flee Cuba on a raft headed to Florida. Through the eyes of these racers and their community, HAVANA MOTOR CLUB explores how Cuba is changing today.