First there was Hollywood, then there was Bollywood, now...there is Havanawood. Since U.S.-Cuban relations opened up in January, Hollywood has been all over Cuba. Showtme shot 'House of Lies', Universal shot 'Fast and Furius' and Paramount shot 'Transformers: The Last Night' in Cuba. Things are looking good for Cuba's ever-growing film industry! There is however a growing sense of discontentment among domestic filmmakers in Cuba, they have not been given the resources that mega-productions from outside the island have been given. Hopefully we will soon start to see partnerships between the local film community in Cuba and larger productions that go to Cuba to film. Read the full article here.
In this article, Shoot Cuba producer Luis Lago talks in detail about the amazing filming opportunities in Cuba.
Director David Pareja and cinematographer Alberto Pareja are teaming up with Flamenco singer Diego El Cigala in Cuba to shoot a documentary on the orgins of salsa dancing. Diego El Cigala is recording with Los Muñequitos (a local Rumba group who's goal is to unite the many different ethnicities in Cuba) at Abdala, an audiovisual recording studio in Havana. David and Alberto Pareja will also be shooting in Miami and New York, but the majority of the filming will take place in Cuba. More and more productions are shooting in Cuba. Will yours be next?
David Pareja's personal site: http://www.davidpareja.info/
Alberto Pareja's personal site: http://www.albertopareja.com/