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Filmmaking Adventures in Cuba

There is a Cuba that is far more intriguing than that served up as standard tourist fare.  Especially for filmmakers!  It is a land of stunning beauty in its mountains and valleys and coastline. “The Rewards and Challenges of Filming in Cuba” will be a panel discussion featuring filmmakers recently returned from a scouting mission for a proposed documentary series called “Unseen Cuba.” Discussion points include: surprising and fascinating locales, the importance of local guides, exploring the marine environment, travel logistics, health and safety, challenges of working with the Cuban bureaucracy, current U.S. travel restrictions and more.

Kevin McCarey- moderator - surprising and fascinating locales
Kyle Maddox – film equipment; drones, shooting on the scene
Liz Kaiser – current US to Cuba travel restrictions; challenges of travel within Cuba, financial issues
Saira Membreno –Importance of local guides and contacts, challenges of conducting interviews, language issues
Amanda Kulkowski – health and safety issues
Eilish Nobes – filming in Cuba’s marine environment
Alex Barbanyanis – the Cuban music scene?
Stephen Snyder – Food and lodging
Andy Amores – filming in small town Cuba
Sheila Lynne Bolda – Finding the best Cuban stories to share
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