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Return to Cuba: In the Footsteps of Walker Evans

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.

  • Ross McDermott
  • Skip Klein
  • Skip Klein
    Key Cast
  • Abelardo Morell
    Key Cast
  • Sam Abell
    Key Cast
  • Cig Harvey
    Key Cast
  • Greg Gorman
    Key Cast
  • Mark Klett
    Key Cast
  • John T. Hill
    Key Cast
  • Rob Lisak
    Key Cast
  • Walker Evans
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
  • Genres:
    Arts, Photography, Travel, History, Cuba, Havana, Entertainment, Documentary
  • Runtime:
    52 minutes 47 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    October 15, 2015
  • Production Budget:
    15,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    Cuba, United States
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  • Official Selection - Virginia Film Festival (work in progress)
    Charlottesville, VA
    November 8, 2015
    none- Work In Progress
Director Biography - Ross McDermott

Ross McDermott started his career in the media world with the American Festivals Project, his 2-year project funded by National Geographic that documents small, hidden, and bizarre festivals across the United States. His love for travel, people, and the arts has taken him around the world producing stories in both commercial and documentary formats. "Return to Cuba: In the Footsteps of Walker Evans" is his first feature-length documentary. Ross lives with his wife in Charlottesville, Virginia.

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