Armando Croda

Originally from Mexico, he has been working in art and film in the US, Europe and Mexico for the past 15 years. He is currently editing the documentary “Kindness in America” (2019) by directors John Hoffman and Kahane Cooperman, produced by RadicalMedia and A Better World. He was Additional Editor for “The Infiltrators” (2019), winner of Sundance Audience Award: NEXT and The NEXT Innovator Prize by Alex Rivera and Cristina Ibarra. He edited “Out of Many, One” (2018) for Netflix by John Hoffman and Nanfu Wang. He co-directed his documentary "I’m Leaving Now (Ya me voy)" at Hot Docs 2018. He edited the documentary “Jay Myself” (2018) on the iconic New York City photographer Jay Maisel. He edited the three channel documentary “Two Meetings and a Funeral“ (2017) by Naeem Mohaiemen. He edited the feature documentary “Samantha and her Amazing Acrocats” (2017) by Jacob Fiering. He was additional cinematographer and editor of the documentary “Havana Motor Club” (2015) by Bent-Jorgen Perlmutt, about Cuba’s top drag racers and their quest to hold the first official race since the revolution that premiered at the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival. Co-director, cinematographer and editor of the tv documentary “Firmes, Mexicans in the Bronx” (2013) for Nat Geo Latino, about undocumented Immigrants who have left the gang life behind and formed a Lowrider car club on the East Coast. Armando also completed the feature film, “Victorio” (2008) as co-director and editor, which was awarded Opera Prima at the Guanajuato Film Festival, and screened in various festivals in Europe and Latin America, including Valencia, Huelva, St. Petersburg, Havana and selected for the Human Right competition in Bilbao film festival.

Jay Myself

Feature Documentary

Director – Stephen Wilkes
Producers – Henry Jacobson, Emma Tammi, Bette Wilkes
Writer – Josh Alexander
Editor – Armando Croda

Photographer Stephen Wilkes creates an intimate portrait of his mentor, Jay Maisel, as he leaves the 30,000 square foot building in the Bowery that he’s inhabited and filled with his eccentric collection of beautiful random objects for the last 40 years – known as ‘The Bank.’


I’m Leaving Now – Ya me voy


Feature Documentary

Directors – Lindsey Cordero & Armando Croda
Producers – Armando Croda, Lindsey Cordero & Josh Alexander
Writer – Josh Alexander
Co-producer – J. Xavier Velasco

The film follows Felipe, an undocumented Mexican immigrant, who has reached a crossroads: after 16 years in Brooklyn, working three low-paying jobs and sending the bulk of his earnings to his wife and children in Mexico, he’s decided to return home to the family he hasn’t seen in almost two decades. But when he informs them of his plans, he discovers that they’ve squandered the money, are deeply in debt and don’t want him to return. They need him to stay in the U.S. and continue to earn.

Shot over two years in the heart of Brooklyn’s immigrant community, I’m Leaving Now is a searing and intimate portrait of one undocumented worker on the margins. The film brings a warm humanity to one of the most pressing political issues of our time, without sentimentalizing or trivializing its subject. In allowing the rhythms, emotions and sounds of Felipe’s day-to-day life to drive the story, Cordero and Croda open an impressionistic, cinematic window onto a life that might otherwise remain unseen.


Out of Many, One

Short Documentary

Directors – John Hoffman & Nanfu Wang
Producers – Better World Pictures, RadicalMedia & Motto Pictures
Editor – Armando Croda

The United States has long offered a promise of opportunity and safety to arriving immigrants – The American Dream. However, currently facing a time of deep political, social, and cultural divide, immigration has become a divisive issue.

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Havana Motor Club

Feature Documentary

Director & Editor – Bent-Jorgen Perlmutt
Cinematographer – Zelmira Gainza
Cinematographer & Editor – Armando Croda
Sound & Assistant Editor – Lindsey Cordero
Editor – Julio C. Pérez IV

Havana Motor Club premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in competition for Best Documentary in 2015. 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.

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Short Narrative

Directors & Writers – Emilie McDonald & Bruce Smolanoff
Producers – Lindsey Cordero, Natalie Johnson, Emilie McDonald, Bruce Smolanoff
Cinematographer – Adam J. Minnick
Editors – Armando Croda & Shari Berman

CHURROS is a dramatic short film about Jo-Jo, a 15 year-old Mexican-American boy who lives with his street vendor single mother and little sister in Brooklyn. He breakdances with a crew and dreams of being “the illest” b-boy in the world, but a local gang member attempts to lure him away. One night, Jo-Jo is forced to make one of the most important decisions of his life.

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TV Documentary

Director, Cinematographer & Editor – Armando Croda
Director, Sound & Editor – Lindsey Cordero
Producers – Carlos Sosa & Laura Imperiale
Line Producer – Beth Miranda Botshon

Ex-gang members in search of a more dignified life, FIRMES is the story of the hardships and triumphs faced by a group of Mexican immigrants fighting for survival in the Bronx. United by their love for art, culture and Mexican traditions, they’ve formed strong bonds and a solid community. Together they attempt to stay away from gang life, get over past mistakes and hash out a legitimate existence in the tangled urban landscape of New York City.

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Music is my Mother Language


Short Documentary

Directors – Billy Martin & Todd Clouser
& Producers – Jim Stark, Carlos Sosa & Armando Croda
Editor – Armando Croda

Musicians Todd Clouser and Billy Martin (drummer of Medeski, Martin and Wood) made and exploration trip to Chiapas, Mexico in search of inspiring sounds. What they found it couldn’t be expressed with words, a great richness of culture and stories expressed through the heart language, the music. They visited Zinacantán, San Juan Chamula and San Cristobal de las Casas and present in this short documentary a sample of yesterday and today’s music in Chiapas, with the main purpose of showing solidarity with all the people who need to express their stories and feelings through music.

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La Jornada

Armando Croda – Documentary DP Reel