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.

CNN Courageous & Great Big Story

CNN Courageous & Great Big Story

Director: Nicholas Brennan
Editor: Lindsey Cordero

CNN Courageous & Great Big Story

Director: Natasha Kermani
Editor: Lindsey Cordero

SLV – Barras de Oro

Director and Editor: Lindsey Cordero

I’m Leaving Now – Ya me voy


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 immigrant in Brooklyn, struggles with whether to return home to Mexico, to the wife and children he no longer really knows.

Felipe has come to a crossroads. After 16 years in Brooklyn, working three low-paying jobs and collecting bottles on the street in his spare time and sending the bulk of his earnings home to his family in Mexico, he’s decided to return to his wife and the children he hasn’t seen in almost two decades. But when he informs his family of his homecoming, 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 US, continuing to earn.

Shot over two years in the heart of Brooklyn’s immigrant community, YA ME VOY (I’m Leaving Now) is a searingly intimate portrait of one undocumented worker on the margins. A blend of documentary with some fictional elements, the film allows the rhythms, emotions and sounds of Felipe’s life and the city to drive the story, utilizing a structure and a style often not seen in documentaries. Impressionistic, cinematic and with the city as its soundscape, the film pushes the boundary of how documentary can capture the lives of the unseen, ultimately elevating this one lonely man’s story into a lyrical meditation on themes of family and home, loneliness and love. As Felipe debates whether to stay or go, the film builds to a heartbreaking portrait of the struggle and drama that exist in the lives of the often invisible figures toiling away in the kitchens, hotel rooms and construction sites of our biggest cities. Eschewing politics, the film is political nonetheless – a quiet and unforgettable snapshot of one man held in suspension between a world of endless work and a faraway home.



Feature Documentary
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.

Highline Park – Out of Line

Out of Line from Lindsey Cordero on Vimeo.

Editor: Lindsey Cordero

Chicano Ink

Mini Doc

Lindsey Cordero, co-director and sound
Armando Croda, co-director and editor
j. Xavier Velasco, cinematographer

Link to Fusion TV


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.”

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.

Mangle Verde

Animation, 2:44′
Lindsey Cordero, director.
Mangle Verde, art director.
Armando Croda, cinematographer, editor.

Mangle Verde, and independent brand created by Ana Varela, a Mexico City based artist that has a factory of hand crafted stuffed monsters that scare away nightmares.


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.