Que Paso at UDG CUC: The Annual International Film Festival Comes of Age

Monday, March 12 will be the opening day of the Festival International Cinema in Puerto Vallarta. All of the movies are free and open to the public. The first film, Wonders Of The Seawill be shown at the Vallarta Galerias Mall CINEMEX Theater beginning at 7 pm. This film took over four years to produce and travels with you around the world.

Narrated by Arnold Schwarzenegger, Wonders of the Sea 3D is a feature-length documentary film co-directed by Jean-Michel Cousteau and Jean-Jacques Mantello. Thanks to new breakthrough filming techniques in 3D, viewers will literally dive into a new and virtually unknown underwater world. This film will show you the world’s coral reefs like very few people have ever seen them—in 3D.

The next evening, Tuesday, March 13 we will be showing The Weekend Sailor at 7 pm at the Vallarta Marina Malecon, next to Flamingos Hotel. Dock Gate #L.

The Weekend Sailor is a new feature documentary about the Mexican yacht Sayula II in the first crewed sailing race around the world in 1974. The most demanding sailing quest in history. Please come meet Captain Enrique Carlin, Director Bernardo Arsuaga, and view the Sayula II in person.

From March 12 – 23 over 50 movies will be screened at 18 different venues. There are nine different categories for you to choose from. For the entire schedule and all the details visit the UdG CUC web site and look at the Official Program.

If you or your company would like to be a SPONSOR, Please contact me 104.3wakeupshow@gmail.comWe encourage you to look at the UDG CUC web site each week to get the latest news about all the events taking place. And be sure to tune in to The Good Morning Wake Up Show every Saturday morning at 9 am. 104.3 FM or on the web at udgtv.com/radio-puerto-vallarta/en-vivo.

And please remember, “Mama always said life was like a box of chocolates.You never know what you’re gonna get.” Forrest Gump, 1994

More About FICPV

2018 is the 18th Annual International Film Festival in Puerto Vallarta (FICPV). The most poplar cinematographic event in the city celebrates its 18 years with the region of Catalonia as guest of honor.

Organized by (CUCosta) of the University of Guadalajara (UdeG), from March 12 to 23, moviegoers will enjoy over twelve consecutive days a selection of more than 40 films from Mexico and the world.

The invited artistic talent includes Mexican actress Gabriela Roel; Nicaraguan actress Camila Selser; upcoming Mexican actors Erick Elías and Francisco De la Reguera; the director of cinema for adults, Erika Lust (Barcelona); director and producer of the HBO television, Dan Attias (United States); and the actor and screenwriter, Mark O’Halloran (Ireland).

The FICPV also includes the delivery of the “Golden Iguana” medal to prominent figures from the world of cinema and parallel acti- vities such as the Huston Film and Literature Chair.

The Mexican actor José Carlos Ruiz will present the book I did not go to school, I went to the cinema: José Carlos Ruiz by Eduardo De la Vega; and Professor Dr. Barry Monahan, University College Cork (UCC) of Ireland, will give a free workshop on screenwriting and direction of short films.

The Valencian digital artist Naro Pinosa, responsible for the official image of this year’s Maguey Award, will present at the CUCosta, the exhibition entitled “NaroPinosa”, in conjunction with “CORONEL: Al paso del tiempo”, by the artist from Guadalajara, Aldo López Madriz.

Cinema for everyone

In 2017, the festival broadened its programming to offer more selections to a broader audience.

This year’s program includes more than 40 films; all offered for free and open to the general public, divided into eleven sections: Official, Academic, Senior, Environmental, Cross-border Cinema, Short Films, Echoes of the Cork Film Festival, Gourmet, Children, Musical and Maguey Award.

Probably the most anticipated movie is the Mexico premier of the 3D documentary, The Wonders of the Sea , directed by Jean-Michel Cousteau, son of the legendary explorer and conservationist Jacques Cousteau, and narrated by the American actor Arnold Schwarzenegger.

In its fifth edition as part of the FICPV, the Maguey Award celebrates the theme “Over the Rainbow” and a selection of four queer / LGBT films, including

El repostero de Berlín produced in collaboration between Premio Maguey and the International Jewish Film Festival.

For a complete schedule of screenings please visit: www.ficpv.cuc.udg.mx/programa

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Since retiring to Puerto Vallarta last year Michael Nolen has been keen to give back to the community. 'You can only play so much golf before you start to question your retirement,' Michael philosophized.

Started by Michael in August 2015, The Good Morning Wake Up Show is broadcast as part of the University of Guadalajara's 104.3 FM radio station at the Puerto Vallarta campus.