Los Cabos Film Festival

Founded in 2012 by Scott Cross, Sean Cross, Eduardo Sanchez-Navarro Redo, Alfonso Pasquel, Juan Gallardo Thurlow, Eduardo Sanchez-Navarro Rivera Torres, and Pablo Sanchez-Navarro, the Los Cabos International Film Festival is an international film festival that takes place annually in mid-November in Los Cabos, Mexico. The 2012 Los Cabos International Film Festival (formerly Baja International Film Festival) took place November 14–17 in Los Cabos, Mexico. The 2013 Los Cabos International Film Festival took place November 13–16 in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. The 2014 Los Cabos International Film Festival took place November 12–16, 2014 in Los Cabos, Mexico. The 2015 Los Cabos International Film Festival took place November 11–15, 2015 in Los Cabos, Mexico. The 2016 Los Cabos International Film Festival took place November 9–13, 2016 in Los Cabos, Mexico. The 2017 festival took place November 8-12, 2017 in Los Cabos, Mexico. The 2018 Los Cabos International Film Festival will take place November 7-11, 2018 in Los Cabos, Mexico. Held in one of Mexico’s premier resort destinations, the festival draws attendees and filmmakers from across Mexico, the United States, and around the world.

The Los Cabos International Film Festival is overseen by the executive board of Eduardo Sanchez-Navarro Redo, Alfonso Pasquel, Scott Cross, and Sean Cross, and the festival team is led by Executive Director Alejandra Paulin, and Artistic Director Maru Garzon.

The 6th annual Los Cabos International Film Festival drew many leading filmmakers from Mexico, Canada, and the United States, and included Gala film screenings, workshops, pitch sessions, and nightly networking parties. Acclaimed actress Nicole Kidman received the Los Cabos International Film Festival 2018 Outstanding Work in Cinema tribute award.

The 5th annual Los Cabos International Film Festival drew many of the film industry’s leading actors, producers, directors, and screenwriters. The festival partnered with Winston Baker to present the Film Finance Summit, with a keynote delivered by IM Global’s Stuart Ford, and panelists including Vincent Maraval of Wild Bunch, Phil Hunt of Bankside Films, and producer Gaston Pavlovich, among others. Winston Baker also presented the Visionary Award to prolific producer Alex Garcia. 2016 Festival tribute recipients included Oliver Stone, Monica Bellucci, and Rodrigo Prieto. Special guests included Dennis Quaid, Cary Elwes, Craig Robinson, and Michael Pena.

The 4th annual Los Cabos International Film Festival drew over 17,000 attendees as well as hundreds of industry guests from Mexico, the U.S., and Canada. Festival honorees and special guests included Jean Marc Valee, Jared Leto, Alexander Skarsgaard, Ewan McGregor, and Liam Neeson.

The 3rd annual, 2014 festival, drew over 15,000 attendees. 2014 festival honorees and special guests included Reese Witherspoon, Rosario Dawson, Diego Luna, Atom Egoyan, Denys Arcand, Guillermo Arriaga, Piers Handling, Genna Terranova, and many others.

The 2013 Cabo International Film Festival honored world-renowned Mexican actor Gael Garcia Bernal with a tribute award, as well as multiple award winning director Philippe Falardeau, and one of Mexico’s leading film production companies, Mantarraya Films, was also honored.

2012 festival award recipients included 2-time Academy-Award nominated actor Edward Norton, award-winning actor Matt Dillon, Academy-award winning actor Melissa Leo, Academy-award winning actor Octavia Spencer, multiple Emmy winning actor Allison Janney, actor Josh Lucas, and Academy-award nominated director Michael Apted. The 2012 festival drew more than 5,000 attendees and hundreds of filmmakers and film executives, including high-profile celebrities and international media attention. Films screened at the 2012 festival included the Oscar-nominated NO, starring Gael Garcia Bernal and directed by Pablo Larraín. The festival also screened a number of studio films, including Paramount’s Rise of the Guardians.

The Los Cabos International Film Festival has established partnerships with the Cannes Film Festival, Tribeca Film Institute, Halifax’s Strategic Partners, and Moscow Business Square.

Why Wear Sunglasses?

Well-made sunglasses do more than make you look like a movie star. They can protect your eyes from many problems, including those caused by the sun’s harmful rays.

The American Optometric Association says you should always don sunglasses during the daylight hours because:

They protect your eyes against the sun’s UV rays, which could otherwise lead to cataracts.
They protect against “blue light” from the solar spectrum, which could increase your risk of macular degeneration.
They lead to improved and more comfortable vision from not having to squint.
They can make it easier to adapt to darkness. Exposure to bright light can make it more difficult to adjust to driving at night.

Elimination of Dangerous Glare

Sunglasses cut down on harmful glare which can make driving or daily tasks difficult and dangerous. Along with a lack of clarity, glare can distract you and be an annoyance. Sunglasses have additionally been proven to make driving a safer activity!

Better Clarity

Proper lenses can go a long way in a pair of sunnies, as they can enhance your environment’s clarity. We have a wide array of lenses with varying optical quality to choose from that can sharpen your outdoor experience.

Reduction of Vision Damage

Sunglasses with proper protection and specifications can benefit your eye’s health tremendously as they protect your eye’s against damage caused by the sun. If sunglasses are adopted at an early age the reduction of vision damage can be tremendous! Additionally, anyone who has had corrective surgery should be actively protecting their eyes as they are more susceptible to the sun’s harmful elements.

Helps improve function of tasks such as driving, outdoor activities, etc.

You can also see an improvement in performance for outdoor activities such as fishing, golf, or driving with a proper pair of sunglasses. They cut down glare on the water, protect your eyes, and make the pastimes more enjoyable.

Sunglasses in the Winter

It is a little known fact that sunglasses are increasingly important to wear in the winter time. This is a result of the large amount of glare that snow creates as the sun’s light bounces off it. Making driving and ordinary tasks outside more difficult.

Style Aspect! Personalize your look to match your personality

Finally, you can not forget about the style aspect of sunglasses! People for many years have made sunnies apart of their personal style from Kurt Cobain’s white Christian Roth’s, Corey Hart’s famous black Wayfarer style sunglasses, Mick Jaggers Vuarnet’s, and Kim Kardashian’s Smoke and Mirrors! Personalization continues to this day as style evolves.

Day of the Dead (Día de los Muertos)

The Day of the Dead (el Día de los Muertos), is a Mexican holiday where families welcome back the souls of their deceased relatives for a brief reunion that includes food, drink and celebration. A blend of Mesoamerican ritual, European religion and Spanish culture, the holiday is celebrated each year from October 31- November 2. While October 31 is Halloween, November 1 is “el Dia de los innocents,” or the day of the children, and All Saints Day. November 2 is All Souls Day or the Day of the Dead. According to tradition, the gates of heaven are opened at midnight on October 31 and the spirits of children can rejoin their families for 24 hours. The spirits of adults can do the same on November 2

Origins of Day of the Dead

The roots of the Day of the Dead, celebrated in contemporary Mexico and among those of Mexican heritage in the United States and around the world, go back some 3,000 years, to the rituals honoring the dead in pre-Columbian Mesoamerica. The Aztecs and other Nahua people living in what is now central Mexico held a cyclical view of the universe, and saw death as an integral, ever-present part of life.

Upon dying, a person was believed to travel to Chicunamictlán, the Land of the Dead. Only after getting through nine challenging levels, a journey of several years, could the person’s soul finally reach Mictlán, the final resting place. In Nahua rituals honoring the dead, traditionally held in August, family members provided food, water and tools to aid the deceased in this difficult journey. This inspired the contemporary Day of the Dead practice in which people leave food or other offerings on their loved ones’ graves, or set them out on makeshift altars called ofrendas in their homes.

Day of the Dead vs. All Souls Day

In ancient Europe, pagan celebrations of the dead also took place in the fall, and consisted of bonfires, dancing and feasting. Some of these customs survived even after the rise of the Roman Catholic Church, which (unofficially) adopted them into their celebrations of two minor Catholic holidays, All Saints Day and All Souls Day, celebrated on the first two days of November.

In medieval Spain, people would bring bring wine and pan de ánimas (spirit bread) to the graves of their loved ones on All Souls Day; they would also cover graves with flowers and light candles to illuminate the dead souls’ way back to their homes on Earth. In the 16th century, Spanish conquistadores brought such traditions with them to the New World, along with a darker view of death influenced by the devastation of the bubonic plague.

How Is the Day of the Dead Celebrated?

El Día de los Muertos is not, as is commonly thought, a Mexican version of Halloween, though the two holidays do share some traditions, including costumes and parades. On the Day of the Dead, it’s believed that the border between the spirit world and the real world dissolve. During this brief period, the souls of the dead awaken and return to the living world to feast, drink, dance and play music with their loved ones. In turn, the living family members treat the deceased as honored guests in their celebrations, and leave the deceased’s favorite foods and other offerings at gravesites or on the ofrendas built in their homes. Ofrendas can be decorated with candles, bright marigolds called cempasuchil and red cock’s combs alongside food like stacks of tortillas and fruit.

The most prominent symbols related to the Day of the Dead are calacas (skeletons) and calaveras (skulls). In the early 19th century, the printer and cartoonist José Guadalupe Posada reenvisioned Mictecacíhuatl, the Aztec goddess of the underworld, as a female skeleton known as La Calavera Catrina, now the most recognizable Day of the Dead icon.

During contemporary Day of the Dead festivities, people commonly wear skull masks and eat sugar candy molded into the shape of skulls. The pan de ánimas of All Souls Day rituals in Spain is reflected in pan de muerto, the traditional sweet baked good of Day of the Dead celebrations today. Other food and drink associated with the holiday, but consumed year-round as well, include spicy dark chocolate and the corn-based liquor called atole. You can wish someone a happy Day of the Dead by saying, “Feliz día de los Muertos.”

Movies Featuring Day of the Dead

Traditionally, the Day of the Dead was celebrated largely in the more rural, indigenous areas of Mexico, but starting in the 1980s it began spreading into the cities. UNESCO reflected growing awareness of the holiday in 2008, when it added Mexico’s “indigenous festivity dedicated to the dead” to its list of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.

In recent years, the tradition has developed even more due to its visibility in pop culture and its growing popularity in the United States, where more than 36 million people identified as being of partial or full Mexican ancestry as of 2016, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

Inspired by the 2015 James Bond movie Spectre, which featured a large Day of the Dead parade, Mexico City held its first-ever parade for the holiday in 2016. In 2017, a number of major U.S. cities, including Chicago, Los Angeles, San Antonio and Fort Lauderdale, held Day of the Dead parades. That November, Disney and Pixar released the blockbuster animated hit Coco, a $175 million homage to the Mexican tradition in which a young boy is transported to the Land of the Dead and meets up with his long-lost ancestors.

Though the particular customs and scale of Day of the Dead celebrations continue to evolve, the heart of the holiday has remained the same over thousands of years. It’s an occasion for remembering and celebrating those who have passed on from this world, while at the same time portraying death in a more positive light, as a natural part of the human experience.

History of the BisBee Tournament

Bisbee’s Black & Blue Tournaments have been taking place in the Los Cabos region of the Baja Peninsula in Mexico for over 30 years. The Bisbee’s are currently producing three tournaments – Bisbee’s East Cape Offshore in Buenavista which takes place each July, and the Los Cabos Offshore Charity Tournament and Black & Blue Marlin Tournament which take place every October in Cabo San Lucas.

Started in 1981 by Bob Bisbee, the Black & Blue Marlin Tournament has grown from six teams with a purse of $10,000 to more than 150 teams with millions of dollars on the line. In 2006 the Black & Blue had its biggest overall cash payout of $4,165,960. This was, and remains, the largest payout in sportfishing history.

In 2000 Bisbee’s expanded to the east side of the Baja California Sur peninsula with the East Cape Offshore Tournament in Buenavista. In addition to marlin, this tournament included dorado and tuna and became so popular that a third event with the same format was started in 2002 – the Los Cabos Offshore Tournament.

Over the years each tournament has developed its own personality with the East Cape Offshore being a laid back “Cabo fishing as it used to be” type of event, the Los Cabos which takes place just days before the Black & Blue and nick-named the “Little Bisbee’s”, is a very social event full of comraderie where friends can meet, swap stories and get in a few days of fishing before the “Big Show”.

The last tournament in the series, Bisbee’s Black & Blue Marlin Tournament, is hard to describe if you’ve never been there. It’s five days of organized chaos full of hard-core excitement. With the beautiful and lively city of Cabo San Lucas as the backdrop, thousands of people crowd the marina walkways to shop, party and watch huge fish being weighed in at the scales in front of the world-famous Puerto Paraiso Entertainment Plaza. The Black & Blue is a once in a lifetime experience you’ll never forget, whether you take home memories or millions.

Mexican Fashion Designers You Need On Your Radar

Mexico is unapologetic in its love for bright, vividly coloured patterns, prints and textiles found throughout its traditional clothing and culture. Mexican fashion, especially women’s fashion, is full of fun motifs and bright colours, reminiscent of the culture’s signature style.

Traditional clothing styles worn by women in Mexico have enjoyed trend-setting status for years, informing summer trends on an annual basis without fail. Off-the-shoulder tops and frilled dresses with a Mexican influence have a place at not only a Mexican fiesta but also in our daily style inspiration. Not to mention the countless Mexican designers that use their culture to inspire fashion-forward and vibrant……

What are the different types of Mexican dress?

Mexican clothes all share an appreciation for strong colour and beautiful craftsmanship, and there are a number of common traditional Mexican clothing choices that make up Mexican fashion.

The clothing of the Tehuana

The women of Mexico’s Isthmus of Tehuantepec have achieved world renown for their colourful traditional dress, which was famously adopted by the artist Frida Kahlo. Widely represented in the popular media, Tehuanas were admired for their flamboyant style of dress and today remain proud of their cultural identity.

Rebozo

Rebozos are multifunctional garments typically made of cotton, wool or silk, and are used to cover the head or body.

Huipil

The huipil is a sleeveless, tunic-like garment. As with many other cultures that use garments to identify their specific areas of origin, the distinctive design on a huipil can distinguish the community that the wearer belongs to.

Aztec

Aztec clothing was often loose fitting and colourful. The array of colours used in the traditional garbs was due in part to the extensive trading network.

The influence of Frida Kahlo

Frida Kahlo’s trademark way of simultaneously sporting beaded earrings, elaborate necklaces and floral headpieces encapsulates Mexico’s fun, maximalist approach to fashion. The 20th Century painters fashion has inspired many of Mexico’s current fashion designers (not to mention global designers).

Mexican Designers

Mexico City’s thriving contemporary art scene and creative community make it the perfect place for flourishing fashion and the country’s artisan tradition means that there is ample opportunity for top-quality pieces to be produced locally. Mexico might not be top-of-mind when thinking about the world’s fashion capitals, but it will soon very well be with the number of talented designers shaking and redefining the perception of Mexican fashion on an international level.

Kris Goyri

Interesting silhouettes, vibrant colours and minimal lines are what you’ll find in Kris Goyri’s designs.

Pineda Covalin

Dedicated to creating pieces that combine elements of indigenous Mexican and contemporary art, Pineda Covalin uses magnificent colours and patterns derived from Mexican motifs on flowy and contemporary designs.

Benito Santos

Benito Santos’ eponymous label is known and loved for its dramatic and elegant silhouettes. Santos has dressed some of the world’s most prestigious personalities and had the opportunity to dress Valentina from season 9 of RuPaul’s Drag Race.

Alejandra Quesada

Flowing and feminine, bold and beautiful, Quesada’s pieces delight the eye with combinations of strong solids and playful prints. This young designer was a winner at Fashion Forward in 2013 and took part in the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Mexico.

Lydia Lavin

Lydia Lavin has an emphasis on preserving and promoting indigenous textiles and crafts. Lavin works directly with ten different artisan communities to explore and understand the importance of these fabrics and intricate patterns in Mexican culture.

Jesús de la Garsa

With vivid colors, beautiful metallics, and intricate fabrics, Jesús de la Garsa’s collections focused on the shapes and colours of the natural process.

 

CBD

CBD is one of many compounds, known as cannabinoids, in the cannabis plant.

CBD It’s been used for centuries to successfully provide pain relief to muscle aches, arthritis, joint pain, neuropathic conditions, headaches, and to aid skin conditions like eczema, psoriasis, rosacea, even sunburn, and bug bites when used topically.

Marijuana contains both THC and CBD, and these compounds have different effects.  CBD is different. Unlike THC, it is not psychoactive. This means that CBD does not change a person’s state of mind when they use it.  However, CBD does appear to produce significant changes in the body, and some research suggests that it has medical benefits.

CBD products are made from “hemp extract oil”—and the word “extract” in there is key, because there are also products called “hemp seed oil.” Despite sounding exactly the same (confusing), hemp seed oil is actually a different thing. Hemp seed oil, also sometimes called “hemp oil”, is derived from the seeds of the hemp plant only, no phytocannabinoids there. The oil is rich in healthy omega-3 fatty acids, so it can do wonders for your skin, but beyond that it doesn’t have the same benefits as a CBD oil. It’s important to look out for this distinction to make sure you’re getting what you’re actually looking for.  The hemp extract oils that are the basis of CBD products are made from the flowers and leaves of the hemp plant, where all those beneficial phytocannabinoids live.

All cannabinoids, including CBD, produce effects in the body by attaching to certain receptors. The human body produces certain cannabinoids on its own. CBD is a natural way to repair the body that your body isn’t doing.

CBD oil in MCT oil

MCT oil is widely considered one of the best carrier oils around. This is because MCT oil absorbs better than most while providing greater CBD bioavailability. MCT Oil seems to come with a few remarkable benefits of its own.
• Anti-Bacterial Properties
• Cognitive Enhancer
• Packed with essential fatty acids
• Skin Health

CBD oil in Hemp Seed oil

Like Hemp Seeds, hemp seed oil is considered a superfood in part because it is packed with essential fatty acids. This hemp-based oil is linked to a variety of health benefits such as
• Reduced inflammation
• Brain protectant
• Reduced risk of heart disease
Hemp seed oil is packed with benefits and works well as a carrier oil. You might consider using hemp seed oil for projects involving balms and pastes.

CBD oil Water Soluble

The bioavailability of CBD could be as little as 4%, meaning that up to 96% of the CBD you initially took ends up being flushed from the body without offering any effect at all. Low-bioavailability rates have led to the development of water soluble CBD…something that some speculate will be game-changing for the entire cannabis industry. Seeing as the body is more or less 60% water, it makes sense to have a CBD product that blends well with water, rather than working against it. Water soluble CBD ensures that your body is absorbing as much of the non-psychoactive cannabinoid as possible.

Natural pain relief and anti-inflammatory properties

People tend to use prescription or over-the-counter drugs to relieve stiffness and pain, including chronic pain. Some people believe that CBD offers a more natural alternative. Authors of a studyTrusted Source published in the Journal of Experimental Medicine found that CBD significantly reduced chronic inflammation and pain in some mice and rats. The researchers suggested that the non-psychoactive compounds in marijuana, such as CBD, could provide a new treatment for chronic pain.

Quitting smoking and drug withdrawals

Some promising evidence suggests that CBD use may help people to quit smoking. A pilot studyTrusted Source published in Addictive Behaviors found that smokers who used inhalers containing CBD smoked fewer cigarettes than usual and had no further cravings for nicotine. A similar review,Trusted Source published in Neurotherapeutics found that CBD may be a promising treatment for people with opioid addiction disorders. The researchers noted that CBD reduced some symptoms associated with substance use disorders. These included anxiety, mood-related symptoms, pain, and insomnia. More research is necessary, but these findings suggest that CBD may help to prevent or reduce withdrawal symptoms.

Epilepsy

After researching the safety and effectiveness of CBD oil for treating epilepsy, the FDA approved the use of CBD (Epidiolex) as a therapyTrusted Source for two rare conditions characterized by epileptic seizures in 2018.

In the U.S., a doctor can prescribe Epidiolex to treat:

Lennox-Gastaut syndrome (LGS), a condition that appears between the ages of 3 and 5 years and involves different kinds of seizures
Dravet syndrome (DS), a rare genetic condition that appears in the first year of life and involves frequent, fever-related seizures
The types of seizures that characterize LGS or DS are difficult to control with other types of medication. The FDA specified that doctors could not prescribe Epidiolex for children younger than 2 yearsTrusted Source. A physician or pharmacist will determine the right dosage based on body weight.

Other neurological symptoms and disorders 

Researchers are studying the effects of CBD on various neuropsychiatric disorders. Findings suggested that CBD may also treat many complications linked to epilepsy, such as neurodegeneration, neuronal injury, and psychiatric diseases. Another study,Trusted Source published in Current Pharmaceutical Design, found that CBD may produce effects similar to those of certain antipsychotic drugs, and that the compound may provide a safe and effective treatment for people with schizophrenia. However, further research is necessary.

Fighting cancer

Some researchers have found that CBD may prove to combat cancer. Authors of a reviewTrusted Source published in the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology found evidence that CBD significantly helped to prevent the spread of cancer. The researchers also noted that the compound tends to suppress the growth of cancer cells and promote their destruction. They pointed out that CBD has low levels of toxicity. They called for further research into its potential as an accompaniment to standard cancer treatments.

Anxiety disorders

Doctors often advise people with chronic anxiety to avoid cannabis, as THC can trigger or amplify feelings of anxiousness and paranoia. However, authors of a reviewTrusted Source from Neurotherapeutics found that CBD may help to reduce anxiety in people with certain related disorders. According to the review, CBD may reduce anxiety-related behaviors in people with conditions such as:

post-traumatic stress disorder
general anxiety disorder
panic disorder
social anxiety disorder
obsessive-compulsive disorder
The authors noted that current treatments for these disorders can lead to additional symptoms and side effects, which can cause some people to stop taking them. No further definitive evidence currently links CBD to adverse effects, and the authors called for further studies of the compound as a treatment for anxiety.

Type 1 diabetes

Type 1 diabetes results from inflammation that occurs when the immune system attacks cells in the pancreas. ResearchTrusted Source published in 2016 by Clinical Hemorheology and Microcirculation found that CBD may ease this inflammation in the pancreas. This may be the first step in finding a CBD-based treatment for type 1 diabetes. A paper presented in the same year in Lisbon, Portugal, suggested that CBD may reduce inflammation and protect against or delay the development of type 1 diabetes.

Acne

Acne treatment is another promising use for CBD. The condition is caused, in part, by inflammation and overworked sebaceous glands in the body. A 2014 studyTrusted Source published by the Journal of Clinical Investigation found that CBD helps to lower the production of sebum that leads to acne, partly because of its anti-inflammatory effect on the body. Sebum is an oily substance, and overproduction can cause acne. CBD could become a future treatment for acne vulgaris, the most common form of acne.

Alzheimer’s disease

Initial research published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease found that CBD was able to prevent the development of social recognition deficit in participants. This means that CBD could help people in the early stages of Alzheimer’s to keep the ability to recognize the faces of people that they know.

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