Next weekend FREE SCREENINGS of Latino films and workshops will be offered by the Muestra de Cine GuadaLAjara (The Guadalajara International Film Festival and The University of Guadalajara Foundation, USA) at AMC Universal City Walk. RSVP NOW to get a seat because tickets are going fast!. The Red Carpet Opening Ceremony at the Globe Theater, 100 Universal City Plaza kicks off the event this Friday October 12 and is honoring Alfonso Arau and Jorge Camara, one of Hollywood's most respected international journalists and VP of Hollywood Foreign Press Association with a special tribute to Lupe Ontiveros, award-winning actress, producer, activist and visionary.
With the absence this year of LALIFF which is spreading its wings in the L.A. Unified School District, teaching filmmaking to kids and is spreading out screenings throughout the year, the appearance of FICG here in L.A. is filling a gap. I am spotting a new trend with festivals organizing with universities. In Havana it is with EICTV. The new organization, Film Festival Academy, which just debuted with the New York Film Festival, has festivals and academic studies combining forces. FICG has always has the University component as has Miami IFF and San Diego Latino Film Festival. As recognition of the next generation of future filmmakers becomes more wide spread, this element will strenghten the festivals stature in their communities.
Guadalajara FF (FICG) and the University are also offering Latino TV as a link to the Hispanic community of Los Angeles on Channel 31.2 (UDG TV/ L.A. California and TV Abierta, Universidad de Guadalajara (UDGTV.com) Monday to Sunday it offers more than 19 hours of continuous programming of original programming for children, youth, family in news, sports and opinioun. and as Ivan Trujillo, the director of FICG announced, there will also be a Festival of Books in Spanish called LeaLA May 17-19, 2013 at L.A. Convention Center.
The University of Guadalajara Foundation in the United States of America (UDG Foundation-USA) is made up of academic and social leaders and is privately supported by individuals, foundations and corporations to bloster high quality academic and cultural activities of the UDG, Los Angeles to help Mexican and other Latinos living in this region improve their quality of life and enhance their cultural identity.