Lindsey Cordero

Lindsey Cordero (Director/ Producer) Cordero is a Mexican filmmaker based in Brooklyn. Cordero's work focuses mainly on immigration, survival and identity of undocumented Mexicans living in New York. She is director of the documentary I’M LEAVING NOW (Ya Me Voy) which is world premiering at Hot Docs April, 2018. Cordero is producer of the feature film EN EL SEPTIMO DIA (2017) written and directed by Jim McKay, which had its international at the 2017 Locarno Film Festival and will be released in theaters June, 2018. She worked as additional editor and sound mixer on the documentary feature HAVANA MOTOR CLUB (2015) directed by Bent-Jorgen Perlmutt, which premiered at the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival and was acquired by Samuel Goldwyn Films. She is co-director of the TV documentary FIRMES, MEXICANS IN THE BRONX (Nat Geo Latino, 2013) about a group of Mexican undocumented immigrants who left the gang life behind and formed a Lowrider car club in the Bronx, NY. Cordero received the 2015 Princess Grace Film Honorarium for her film I’M LEAVING NOW (Ya Me Voy). She holds a Bachelor Degree in Anthropology and an MFA at from the Integrated Media Arts program at Hunter College of The City University of New York.

On the Seventh Day

Feature Narrative

Director – Jim McKay
Producers – Lindsey Cordero, Caroline Kaplan, Alex Bach, Jim McKay & Michael Stipe
Cinematographer – Charles Libin
Editor – Karim López

EN EL SÉPTIMO DÍA (On the Seventh Day) is a timely and compassionate look at the lives of undocumented immigrants living in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. Bicycle delivery guys, construction workers, dishwashers and deli workers, they work long hours six days a week and then savor their day of rest on Sundays on the soccer fields of Sunset Park. Hardworking and responsible José is a bicycle delivery worker and the team’s captain. When they make the finals, José and his teammates are thrilled. But his boss puts a damper on the celebration when he tells José he has to work on Sunday, the day of the finals. If he doesn’t work, his job and his future will be on the line. But if he doesn’t stand up for himself and his teammates, his dignity will be crushed.

The fifth feature from acclaimed director Jim McKay (GIRLS TOWN, OUR SONG), EN EL SÉPTIMO DÍA is a window into a world rarely seen, a story told with warmth, humor and respect for the everyday challenges and triumphs of its characters.

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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.


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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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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CNN Courageous & Great Big Story

CNN Courageous & Great Big Story

Director: Nicholas Brennan
Editor: Lindsey Cordero

SLV – Barras de Oro

Director and Editor: Lindsey Cordero