Lindsey Cordero was born in Guadalajara, Jalisco. She holds a Bachelor Degree in Anthropology and is a candidate in the Integrated Media Arts MFA program at Hunter College of The City University of New York. Cordero's films experiment and push the boundaries between fiction and non-fiction story telling. Recently her work focuses mainly on immigration, survival and identity of undocumented Mexicans living in New York. She spent many years doing fieldwork in indigenous communities in Mexico, researching and recording centuries old traditions. Cordero co-directed the TV documentary Firmes, Mexicans in the Bronx (Nat Geo Latino, 2013) about a group of Mexican undocumented Immigrants who have left the gang life behind and formed a Lowrider car club in the Bronx. Cordero worked as sound operator and additional editor on the documentary feature Havana Motor Club (2015) directed by Bent-Jorgen Perlmutt, which premiered at the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival. Cordero recently received the 2015 Princess Grace Film Honorarium for her first feature documentary I’m Leaving Now, and she is co-producing the independent feature film On the 7th Day written and directed by Jim McKay.http://www.vimeo.com/corderocamp
The New Yorker – Why Two Men Are Walking Every Block in New York City
New York City has over 6,000 miles of streets across five boroughs. William Helmreich and Matt Green plan to walk every last block. Though they are doing the same thing, Helmreich and Green have vastly different approaches and reasons for embarking on the journey. In this video, the two men meet for the first time and discuss their philosophies on walking. They ultimately question how—and if—New Yorkers can truly know their city.
Lindsey Cordero, co-director and sound
Armando Croda, co-director and editor
j. Xavier Velasco, cinematographer
House of Ink is a tattoo shop located in Mount Vernon, NY that is run by Mexicans. It’s not just another tattoo shop – it’s a home, a hangout were mostly Chicanos and Mexican immigrants come together.
Intensely proud of their Mexican heritage while trying to make sense of a new country, they express their identity through art and design, decorating their skin with folkloric and revolutionary Mexican icons. Prehispanic Aztec figures, La Llorona, La Cartina, La Santa Muerte and Our Lady of Guadalupe are all staples.
House of Ink customers say that police target them because of the way they look, dress and their multiple tattoos.
Although some of the customers were once involved with gangs, they all say they have learned to step away from that life. Now they have honest jobs and work hard to support their families.
They still miss where they come from — the traditions, the family, and the life they had across the border. But while they still yearn to keep Mexican traditions alive, they also seek to create a new community in New York.
At House of Ink at least, they can freely express their identity by rescuing their sense of belonging to a family — a family of artists and strivers with Mexican roots; a family trying to build a new life together in a place that’s not always welcoming.
Dyablo, a regular customer at House of Ink has the words “The Revolution Continues” tattooed on his forehead.
“In a way we are still fighting a revolution,” says Cruz. “We are still defending who we are, what we like and what we represent. The revolution continues,” he says.
“We stand solid and we never stop.”
Ya me voy – I’m leaving now
Feature Documentary Film (currently in post-production)
Lindsey Cordero, co-director.
Armando Croda, co-director.
Josh Alexander, producer.
J. Xavier Velasco, co-producer.
Felipe, an undocumented Mexican, plans to reunite with his family in Mexico and meet his youngest son, whom he left when he was just 8 months. When Felipe discovers his oldest son has a debt with the bank, he is forced to postpone his departure. Feeling lonely Felipe meets Guadalupe and an unexpected love affair will makes him reconsider.
Havana Motor Club
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.
Armando Croda, co-director, cinematographer, editor.
Lindsey Cordero. co-director, sound, editor.
Beth Miranda Botshon. line producer.
Carlos Sosa. producer. Viento del Norte Films.
Laura Imperiale. producer. Cacerola Films.
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.
Feature Documentary (Work in Progress)
Armando Croda, co-director, cinematographer, editor.
Lindsey Cordero, co-director, sound, editor.
J. Xavier Velasco, producer.
Sebastian Diaz, producer.
Modesto Flako Jiménez, producer.
Modesto Flako Jimenez, a Dominican, gangsta, poet, who drives a gypsy cab and questions the social and political changes affecting the neighborhood where he grew up in Bushwick, Brooklyn.