Return to Cuba: In the footsteps of walker evans

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Five world-renowned photographers travel to Cuba just weeks before the historic U.S.-Cuba reconciliation in 2014. Retracing the footsteps of legendary photographer Walker Evans, they reinvent his iconic 1930s images at a new historical tipping point. Director Ross McDermott intertwines Evans’s pre-Castro Cuba with the busy streets of Havana and the countryside of Viñales. From the quick yet studied street-style photography of Sam Abell to the uncommon camera-obscura practices of Abelardo Morell, these master photographers reinterpret Cuba for the 21st century. This colorful documentary brings together five unique visions of Cuba’s complex and transforming cultural landscape.


Director - Ross McDermott
Executive Producer - Skip Klein
Motion Graphics and Art - Dimitri Salonikios
Sound Engineering - Abel Okugawa  


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News & Updates

June, 2018 - We are now offering RETURN TO CUBA for rent or purchase at Vimeo On Demand.  We're excited to share the film with a wide audience!  If you would like to screen the film to a large audience connected to an institution or university, please contact us directly to arrange a screening copy, or purchase a copy through our distributor, Grasshopper Film.  

 
 

January, 2017 - We have distribution!  We are very thankful to the Metropolitan Museum of Art for granting us image rights for the Evans photos.  At the end of 2016, we were able to negotiate a distribution deal with the wonderful, Grasshopper Film.  We're currently offering the film to 'Educational' audiences.  This means universities, schools, and museums may pay for a screening, or acquire a copy for their collection.  If you are an organization, business, or non-profit interested in arranging a screening, please contact us through this site.  Otherwise, for an Educational copy of the film, see Grasshopper Film.  

 
 

August, 2016 - We are happy to announce the film's premiere at the 2016 Camden International Film Festival in beautiful Camden, Maine, Sept. 15th-18th.  We're very excited to be amongst many great films and share 'Return to Cuba' with a public audience.  www.pointsnorthinstitute.org/ciff      

"OVER THE YEARS PICTURES OF CUBA HAVE BOTH REVEALED AND OBFUSCATED, IGNORED SOCIAL CALAMITY AND CHALLENGED IT, FOUND MEANING IN SHAMELESS BEAUTY AND BEAUTY IN SHAMEFUL MEANING."               - ROBERTO ARMENGOL


The Photographers

Filmmakers

Return to Cuba: In the Footsteps of Walker Evans is born out of a project formed in 2014 by photographer, Skip Klein.  While the film focuses on five photographers from the group, the "Cuban Footsteps" project gathered more than 20 photographers--amateurs and professionals, Cubans and Americans--to reinterpret and rediscover Evans' Cuba work from 1933.  

The full photographic results of the project can be found on CubanFootsteps.com

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Order A DVD

For educational and institutional screenings+collection copies, Return to Cuba is currently distributed by Grasshopper Film. Please visit their site (click the logo) to order a DVD.  

If you would like to schedule a special screening, we offer 'rental' rates for DVD and Blu-Ray options depending on the estimated size of the audience.  Please email us below for rates and details.    

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