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TW-50253-13

Center for Independent Documentary, Inc. (Boston, MA 02135-1032)
Gaspar Gonzalez (Project Director: 06/28/2012 to present)

Errol Flynn's Ghost: Hollywood in Havana

The development of a final shooting script and a trailer for a 90-minute documentary about the cultural impact of Hollywood movies in mid-20th century Cuba.

Most of the world knows Errol Flynn as the star of such swashbuckling epics as Captain Blood, The Sea Hawk, and The Adventures of Robin Hood. But the last chapter of the actor's life included a real-life adventure far stranger and more improbable than the plot of any film he ever made. In late 1958, Flynn traveled to Cuba as a reporter for the Hearst Press, to cover the advance of Fidel Castro's rebels on Havana. As Errol Flynn's Ghost will show, this episode was, in many ways, a fitting climax to mid-20th century Cuba's obsession with American movies. In addition to chronicling Flynn's Cuba adventure, Errol Flynn's Ghost will travel to the island to uncover Havana's lost movie palaces and the fascination with American culture they once embodied. Weaving together film history, cultural history, and the offscreen exploits of the famous Flynn, Errol Flynn's Ghost will both entertain and make an important contribution to our understanding of U.S.-Cuba relations in the 20th century.

Project fields:
Dance History and Criticism

Program:
Bridging Cultures through Film

Division:
Public Programs

Total amounts:
$70,000 (approved)
$65,805 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2013 – 4/30/2015