WADESBORO — Pamela Smith-McNeil, formally of Wadesboro, and her husband Peter McNeil, founders of A Brighter Path Productions, produced and directed a documentary that highlights the journey of John Felder, the primary individual to obtain approval from the USA Authorities to promote electrical automobiles to Cuba. Receipt of this license is exceptional as a result of the export of automobiles from the US to Cuba was banned over half a century in the past.
John Felder, formally of Hamlet, and President and Founding father of Premier Automotive Exports, is the primary individual to obtain a license of this sort. It was a seven 12 months journey, that required the help of the US and the Cuban authorities, and he has already bought his first car.
The couple, producers of a dramatic characteristic titled ‘Urge,’ at the moment on Amazon Prime, really feel honored to inform Mr. Felder’s story and to be part of historical past. In addition they really feel blessed to have been offered the chance to provide, what will probably be, their first documentary.
Finishing the challenge included a visit to Cuba with Mr. Felder again in April. The couple needed to get hold of particular permission to journey to Cuba. They defined that they by no means imagined in one million years that they’d set foot within the nation of Cuba, however have come to acknowledge that it was all part of God’s plans. They described the expertise as very academic and enlightening. Each Felder and the McNeils hope that by way of this documentary, folks is not going to solely be taught of John’s exceptional accomplishment however amass extra data of Cuba, a spot only a few People have the chance to go to.
Late final 12 months, when Mr. Felder acquired this historic license, he was ecstatic, however as he places it, “not as ecstatic because the Cuban folks.” Cubans haven’t been capable of obtain any American automobiles because the commerce embargo that President Kennedy enacted, as required by legislation, in 1961. Thus, that is the rationale that 1000’s of classic automobiles relationship again to the Forties and Fifties stay on Cuba’s roads. These automobiles have been handed down from technology to technology, however with the approval of Felder’s license, they are going to now have choices.
Though Smith-McNeil and Felder are from neighboring counties, neither knew of the opposite’s existence previous to this event. The McNeils at the moment dwell in Charlotte, whereas John Felder at the moment resides in Columbia, Maryland. As soon as they realized that they had been from the identical ‘neck of the woods,’ collaboration on the challenge turned much more thrilling for each events. Mr. Felder’s administrative assistant launched the couple to Felder as soon as she realized that they had been filmmakers. The documentary is titled ‘Driving In direction of Change.’
The documentary premiere, a black tie occasion, is scheduled for August twenty sixth in Columbia Maryland.
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