Puerto Vallarta again becomes a movie set for the big screen, a few days ago the shooting started for the film I Break for Gringos from Mexican director Fernando Lebrija native of Guadalajara who on this occasion co-wrote and is directing this film. Fernando Lebrija was born in Guadalajara Mexico. He completed a Masters in Fine arts in Film at the American Film Institute. Also a year of postgraduate studies in Screenwriting at UCLA, as well as completing directing course at USC, also in Los Angeles.
I Break for Gringos is a comedy about two young high school kids caught up in crazy adventures when they travel to Puerto Vallarta for the most memorable Spring Break of their lives!
“LOGAN is a high school senior with some insecurities. His PARENTS treat him like an immature kid. He doesn’t exist for LINA, the girl he has a crush on. When he steals his Dad’s vintage Camaro to impress her, he accidentally crashes it and gets grounded for his much-anticipated Spring Break vacation. But when his crazed best friend, BLAKE, discovers Lina is going to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, Logan waits until his parents leave on their Anniversary Cruise, then promptly heads off to Mexico with Blake, determined to do it right this time.”
I Break for Gringos adds up to the list of the many feature films that have chosen Puerto Vallarta as their sound stage for production. The Night of the Iguana, Herbie Goes Bananas, Predator, Revenge, Beverly Hills Chihuaha and Limitless are among of the many movies filmed at this beautiful city.
Clearly Puerto Vallarta’s scenery was destined since its formation to become a dream place for the rich and famous, sooner or later to be discovered by the masses and becoming an ideal place with great recognition for the adventurous tourist.
During the 60’s decade and in spite of the infrastructure limitations, Director John Huston adventurous at heart opened the door that led the way throughout the years to a filmic production in Puerto Vallarta with his well known movie “The Night of the Iguana” in which one of the protagonists was Richard Burton; Elizabeth Taylor’s couple at that time. Both were charmed by this heavenly place and decided to buy a property and making it their temporary home.
The fame acquired by the production of “The Night of the Iguana” had such an impact that made Puerto Vallarta go from a small fishing town to a world known destination and became a great location to shoot featured films from which we can highlight the following:
Due to this series of events, the local government created the Municipal Commission of the Filmic Industry and in 2003 the first Film Festival was held in Puerto Vallarta.
Interesting Fact: While doing the research for this blog story we came across a behind the scenes color documentary about the filming of The Night of the Iguana, the Puerto Vallarta footage is quite impressive of how the city looked back then. For some of us this is the first time we see Puerto Vallarta footage in color from those years.
We have included the documentary below for your enjoyment.