Morgan Freeman

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Los 70 años encontraron al actor norteamericano más activo y comprometido que nunca. Una revisión de su 2007 cargado de papeles en filmes de todos los géneros, le permite destacar –y elogiar– el debut de Ben Affleck como director, desmenuzar sus encuentros emotivos con Jack Nicholson, con quien compartió protagonismo en The Bucket List, y agregar a la excelsa lista la fi gura del correctísimo Clint Eastwood, quien dirigirá su próximo desafío: ser nada menos que Nelson Mandela, el presidente que terminó con el apartheid en Sudáfrica, en The Human Factor. Más allá de su pasión por el cine, sus ideas sobre el cuidado del planeta y su trabajo en una productora independiente van de la mano con la vigencia del sueño americano en esta conversación imperdible.

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Morgan Freeman

FACTOR HUMANO

Los 70 años encontraron al actor norteamericano más activo y comprometido que nunca. Una revisión de su 2007 cargado de papeles en filmes de todos los géneros, le permite destacar –y elogiar– el debut de Ben Affleck como director, desmenuzar sus encuentros emotivos con Jack Nicholson, con quien compartió protagonismo en The Bucket List, y agregar a la excelsa lista la fi gura del correctísimo Clint Eastwood, quien dirigirá su próximo desafío: ser nada menos que Nelson Mandela, el presidente que terminó con el apartheid en Sudáfrica, en The Human Factor. Más allá de su pasión por el cine, sus ideas sobre el cuidado del planeta y su trabajo en una productora independiente van de la mano con la vigencia del sueño americano en esta conversación imperdible.

Si todo el mundo se hacía una idea de la voz de Dios al escuchar por radio a Orson Wells, la nueva generación de cinéfilos encontró en Morgan Freeman a su sucesor. Al menos desde su participación en Bruce Almighty (2003). Una más de las comedias de Jim Carrey –si se quiere–, en la que el director de casting le otorgó a Freeman nada menos que el papel de Dios; y ataviado con traje inmaculado se apareció limpiando el piso de un salón enteramente blanco. En estos tiempos electorales, también se recuerda con asombro su papel como el presidente Tom Beck, el primer afroamericano en llegar al Salón Oval, en el filme Deep Impact (1998). Entretanto, el actor nacido en Memphis hace poco más de 70 años se ha hecho acreedor de un Oscar de la Academia como Mejor Actor de Reparto por su papel en Million Dollar Baby (2004), bajo las órdenes de Clint Eastwood, entre otros 32 galardones y 27 nominaciones. Con esa misma voz, entre gutural y afable, encarnó antes que Denzel Washington a Malcolm X en Death of a Prophet (1981), y se prepara para interpretar al ex presidente sudafricano Nelson Mandela en The Human Factor, con fecha de estreno para 2009, con la dirección de su amigo Clint Eastwood. 2007 resultó un gran año para el actor que, a medida que el tiempo pasa, se encuentra más activo y en mejor forma.

Después de inaugurarlo interpretando una vez más a Dios en Evan Almighty, la secuela de aquella primera aparición, esta vez junto a Steve Carell; formó parte del elenco del debut de Ben Affleck como director, Gone Baby Gone, un filme aclamado por la crítica, y por el propio Freeman: “Es diferente a todo lo que se ve por ahí”, dirá más tarde. Se lució, además, en Feast of Love, del realizador Robert Benton, tanto como en The Bucket List, el filme de Rob Reiner donde comparte protagonismo con otra de las gemas del cine norteamericano, Jack Nicholson. Allí, sus personajes son dos enfermos terminales que redactan juntos sus listas de proyectos pendientes, la lista de todo lo que les gustaría hacer antes de dejar este mundo. Luego del desayuno en el hotel, el señor Freeman toma asiento para dispensar a continuación partes iguales de humor, honestidad y sabiduría.

ALMA MAGAZINE: Recién anoche pude ver Gone Baby Gone…

MORGAN FREEMAN: Estoy sorprendido de lo bien hecha que está esa película. Realmente no la esperaba: pequeña, con terribles actuaciones. El guión es muy sólido y la historia, muy diferente. Estoy convencido de que si ofreces a la gente algo distinto, por fuera del camino trillado, querrán escuchar lo que tienes para decir. Este es un buen ejemplo.

AM: Aprecio mucho que Ben Affleck haya tenido el coraje de ser tan sombrío.

M.F.: Claro. Insisto, eso es lo que hace al filme diferente de la mayoría de lo que se ve por ahí.

AM: Tengo la sensación de que él estudió muchas películas de los 70 antes de ingresar al set. Porque consigue ese tono áspero, la sensibilidad neorrealista de muchos grandes filmes de la época.

M.F.: No sé si miró muchas de esas películas, o si se trata sólo de captar su sensibilidad. No estoy contradiciéndote, pero en verdad nunca hablamos de eso. Sería interesante preguntarle a él si estudió el asunto de antemano. De todas formas, fue una gran elección. Al igual que Amy Ryan, que hizo el papel de la madre de la niña: luce extraordinaria.

AM: Es tan convincente que en un principio creí que se trataba de una lugareña que Ben Affleck había descubierto.

M.F.: No, ella se ve tan creíble que es encantadora. Sería interesante saber con qué se viene Ben en el futuro.

AM: Al trabajar con Ben, ¿encuentras diferente la experiencia de ser dirigido por alguien que además es actor?

M.F.: Es distinto, pero todo el mundo lo es. Cada uno tiene su forma de abordar las cosas. Si quieres pensar que como es un actor el que ahora dirige va a tener una aproximación más cercana a tu posición, habría que discutirlo. Soy una persona más desapegada y, al contrario, Ben es de involucrarse mucho. Pero en la pista se ven los caballos, nada más importa.

AM: Bueno, tiene un elenco increíble. Parece que éste será el año revelación para su hermano, Casey Affleck.

M.F.: Seguro, acabo de ver The Assassination of Jesse James, y quedé impactado.

AM: Creería que es el mejor filme de los últimos tiempos.

M.F.: Sí, de hecho, estuve rebobinando y adelantando mientras lo miraba porque sentía que estaba perdiéndome cosas, de tan rico que es.

AM: ¿No te recuerda a Terrence Malick en sus inicios, o al Robert Altman de McCabe & Mrs. Miller, por la manera en que te sorprende?

M.F.: Sí, mucho. Casey estuvo ge nial, y pienso que Brad (Pitt) hizo un gran trabajo. Lo lleva muy tranquilo.

AM: Me encanta cómo todos se ven tan sucios, y con la dentadura desastrosa. Parece que no se hubieran cepillado los dientes en semanas, y puedes imaginar cómo fue su vida hacia atrás.

M.F.: Sí, todo, hasta el más mínimo detalle es ajustado.

AM: Sobre todo considerando los viejos filmes, como Jesse James de Henry King, donde Tyrone Power tenía la dentadura perfecta y ¡los pliegues de su camisa parecían de lavado en seco!

M.F.: (Risas) Claro, muchachos que dormían vestidos todo el invierno, en el campo abierto, a la intemperie…

AM: Y quizás una vez al mes se daban un baño.

M.F.: Tal vez. En ese caso porque había alguna mujer por las cercanías. (Más risas) Aunque si no sudas mucho, no vas a oler mal, pero tampoco cambias de piel a diario.

AM: Sé por mis amigos que estuvieron en el Ejército que es realmente ardua la vida cuando estás afuera de los cuarteles con tus compañeros.

M.F.: Claro, no es ir al gimnasio. Recuerdo mi primer servicio en el Ejército: te arrojaban en el medio de la nada durante el entrenamiento básico, y estabas obligado a hacer ejercicios de cuerpo a tierra en el lodo. Era muy desagradable.

AM: ¿Dónde fue eso?

M.F.: En las afueras de San Antonio, mucho tiempo atrás… (Risas)

AM: ¿Cómo fue trabajar en Feast of Love con Robert Benton?

M.F.: Él es un hombre adorable, con muchos años en el negocio. Es tan apacible como podría serlo alguien, sereno. Y así es como dirige. Siempre en calma. Si quiere llevar tu interpretación ligeramente hacia tal o cual camino, eso es lo que te pedirá: “Quiero que hagas la prueba de este modo.  Observa qué pasa…”. Un hombre muy agradable, que usa una paleta inusual. Lo admiro y me encanta trabajar con él.

AM: Bueno, si rastreas, su filmografía lo dice todo: comenzó escribiendo Bonnie & Clyde, gracias a Dios.

M.F.: ¿Bob escribió Bonnie & Clyde?

AM: Así es, con David Newman. Comenzó como guionista.

M.F.: No lo sabía. Tampoco que Jack Nicholson fue guionista.

AM: Seguro. Debutó con Roger Corman en los 60.

M.F.: Todas esas cosas se me escapan… (Risas)

AM: Volvamos a Feast of Love. Es un filme muy dulce.

M.F.: Lo es, aunque en una crítica leí que alguien lo llamaba “edulcorado”.

AM: Creo que pisa la línea, pero jamás la traspasa.

M.F.: No lo creo, tampoco. Cuando lo vi, me quedé observando las marcas del director, para ver cómo se sucedían las escenas. Y me di cuenta de que hizo un trabajo maravilloso.

AM: Deja la cámara en su lugar, encuadra a los actores, los pone en foco y filma. A la manera de Clint Eastwood.

M.F.: (Risas) ¡Correcto! ¡Correcto! Adoro a Clint por eso mismo. Entre los directores con los que trabajé, él es uno de mis favoritos. Sabe lo que quiere. Llega preparado y deja todo en su lugar: cuando ha conseguido lo que busca, se retira. Me encanta eso. He trabajado con él en dos oportunidades hasta ahora, y me estoy preparando para hacerlo nuevamente en una historia sobre Nelson Mandela, The Human Factor. Se centra en su vida al momento en que se desarrolla la Copa Mundial de Rugby de Sudáfrica, en 1995. Recién comenzaba su presidencia, y era un momento muy esclarecedor para la historia del país; fue una época en que todos se sentían realmente capaces de lograrlo, cuando la sociedad parecía unida por la misma causa.

AM: ¿Has estado con Mandela?

M.F.: Muchas veces.

AM: ¿Y qué impresiones te ha dejado?

M.F.: No voy a decirte nada que no sepas de él. Su vida es mucho más que un libro abierto, pero él es… ¿Alguna vez has conversado con Bill Clinton?

AM: Sí, brevemente.

M.F.: Bueno, se parecen. Cuando él está delante de ti, estás en su presencia. Cuanto te habla, te habla sólo a ti. Es complaciente al máximo. Cuando conocí a Mandela, lo trataba como al ex presidente de un país, y nunca antes había conocido a uno, excepto Bill Clinton y George H. W. Bush. No quería dejarlo sin palabras, porque nadie quiere estar en su posición y no tener nada que decir (aun cuando en muchas ocasiones no sabes qué decir). ¡A menos que tengas algo que discutir!

AM: O conoces a las personas y no tienen nada para decir.

M.F.: Exacto. Por eso prefiero estar con gente que cuenta con algo para comentar, que te hace más sencilla la tarea de tener algo que decir a ti. En una ocasión conocí al Imam, el sheik de Dubai. Un muchacho fascinante. Es el líder de un estado, no de un país, porque los Emiratos Arabes Unidos son los que componen el país. Dubai es uno de sus siete estados. Y el Imán está convencido de que hay que construir y construir, porque eventualmente el petróleo va a agotarse. Y si no se agota, el precio va a caer tan bajo que podría agotarse tranquilamente. Hablo de manera idealista: los líderes de estos países van a tener que entender que no se trata de dinero sino de sustentabilidad. Si interpelas a los industriales del petróleo y las automotrices para que comiencen a reformularse, y proponen un coche que transite 40 millas con un galón, o que funcione con otra cosa que petróleo o gasolina, tendrás una evidencia de lo que cuesta su desarrollo. Si tienes un coche que funciona con E85 –compuesto por un 85% de etanol y un 15% de gasolina–, ¿sabes lo que significa eso en plan de ahorro de combustibles fósiles?

AM: Sólo puedo imaginármelo.

M.F.: Sólo por un día, ponte a observar los autos en una de las principales ciudades del mundo. No pienses en los aviones, ni en los trenes ni los botes, sólo en los coches, subiendo y bajando las calles, quemando gasolina y Diesel. El biodiesel se obtiene de la grasa del tocino, ¡Por Dios! Entonces, ¿por qué no estamos haciéndolo? Alegan que se debe al “costo”. No hay nada que hacer con el “costo”, porque es el costo el que va a terminar matándonos.

AM: Y se niegan a incluir el factor más valioso de la cuestión: el factor humano, más costoso que el factor dinero.

M.F.: Y decimos “ellos”, un término vago en este proceso. Yo prefiero hablar de “nosotros”.

AM: Seguro. ¿O quién puso a los políticos en sus cargos?

M.F.: Claro que nosotros.

AM: La pregunta es: ¿Por qué los elegimos para sus cargos? ¿Dónde cayeron nuestras prioridades?

M.F.: Sé por qué muchos se postulan. En política existe la ilusión de cambiar las cosas, hacer que funcionen. A menos que estés en política, no llegas a advertir que no podrás hacerlo. Te involucras y juegas el juego.

AM: Como en Mr. Smith Goes to Washington.

M.F.: Correcto. ¿Quieres cambiar algo? ¿Por qué el electorado te elige a ti? Nada más que por dinero, en uno u otro nivel. ¿Qué hay del servicio de salud? Te diré ahora mismo la respuesta a las preguntas sobre salud: números, números, números. ¿Quieres hablar de las prioridades en política aquí? Hablemos del cuidado de la salud de los niños. ¿De qué niños crees que estamos hablando?

AM: De la gente pobre. Los afroamericanos, los hispanos, los inmigrantes recién llegados.

M.F.: Exacto. Demos una mirada a los números otra vez.

AM: ¿Y qué hay de Katrina? El desastre en sí me dejó una enseñanza, porque permitió ver que el racismo, como lo conocimos en los 60, ya no es el motor de la discriminación. Ahora está basada en clases sociales.

M.F.: Sí, ha sido así durante años, desde inicios de los 80.

AM: Claro. La mayoría de los habitantes de la Costa del Golfo perjudicados son blancos pobres. Y recibieron el mismo maltrato que cualquiera de la población –afroamericanos en su mayoría– de Nueva Orleáns. Lo que es mucho decir.

M.F.: Pero tenemos que dejar de hablar de raza. No es por la raza, es por dinero.

AM: Pero este país nunca se interesó por los pobres. No digo que algunos líderes no lo hayan hecho, sino que el país nunca se comprometió verdaderamente por aquellos que tienen menos.

M.F.: No, por la sencilla razón de que este país está basado en la libertad para perseguir tus sueños. En la India, si naces en una determinada casta, allí es donde te quedas. En Gran Bretaña lo mismo. No aquí.

AM: No, aquí puedes comprar tu salida.

M.F.: Puedes comprar tu futuro, puedes dar con una idea que te permitirá convertirte en un rey.

AM: Bueno, mírate a ti mismo. Te criaste en la pobreza, ¿no es así?

M.F.: Sí, pero redefinamos el término “pobreza”. Creo que hay dos tipos: existe cierto nivel de pobreza en el que la gente le dice a sus jóvenes “Aquí es donde estás y donde siempre estarás”. Una pobreza de espíritu. Y existe otro tipo de pobreza en la que solamente careces de una suma importante de dinero, pero en su lugar anida un sistema de creencias. Y en este país puede funcionar muy bien. Es el tipo de aspiración que se ve entre los inmigrantes mexicanos. Porque por esa razón están aquí: la visión de este lugar como apropiado para mejorar su posición en la vida. Sin embargo, no creo que este país vaya a convertirse en socialista.

AM: Por supuesto que no. Este país está construido en los cimientos del capitalismo. Y para que el capitalismo exista, debe haber clases desposeídas.

M.F.: Debe haber, correcto. Y no cambiará mientras vivamos. Y si cambia ya no seremos quienes somos.

AM: Es una economía de libre mercado. No está bien ni mal. Sólo es así.

M.F.: Claro, y está comprobado que funciona.

AM: Cuando mencionabas aquel primer tipo de pobreza, de eso es lo que habla Gone Baby Gone, en realidad.

M.F.: Es un pensamiento establecido. Siempre digo que mientras siga funcionando el transporte Greyhound, éste será el mejor lugar en el mundo. “Nunca voy a hacer esto en otra parte del mundo. No puedo dejar este pueblo”. Maldición. Pero lo que la vida requiere en muchos casos, y particularmente en este país, es coraje.

AM: Como siempre, nos dispersamos. Hablemos sobre The Bucket List.

M.F.: Esta es una de las tantas situaciones en las que Morgan atrae a la suerte. (Risas) Recibí una llamada de Rob Reiner por esta historia, que ya había leído, aunque entonces la rechacé. Rob me la envió de vuelta, volví a leerla y le devolví la llamada: realmente me había gustado y me encantaba la idea de poder trabajar con él. Entonces le confirmé que lo haría, pero tenía en mente a alguien para que interpretara la otra parte: Jack Nicholson. El aceptó. “Conseguiremos a Jack”, me prometió. Jack sólo dijo “Sí”. Rob me lo comentó sólo cuando estábamos cerca de la fecha de rodaje, pero con la condición de que Morgan Freeman interpretara la otra parte. (Risas) Ya ves, Jack estaba en mi lista.

AM: Ah, entonces ya tenías la tuya. ¿Y cómo viene tu lista? ¿Qué tan lejos estás de cumplirla?

M.F.: Todos mis sueños se convierten en realidad. Lo deseo, y parece suceder. Lo aprendí años atrás: si deseas algo con empeño, lo obtendrás.

AM: Adoro a Jack Nicholson desde que lo vi en Cuckoo’s Nest. Está entre mis héroes de todos los tiempos. Cuéntame de Jack.

M.F.: Claro. Yo he sido su seguidor desde Easy Rider, pero el que realmente me convenció fue Five Easy Pieces. Oh, ¡qué filme! Me deslumbró. Desde entonces, he sido devoto de Jack. Luego tuve la oportunidad de viajar con él en un avión de Warner Bros , junto a Clint (Eastwood), debe haber sido durante el rodaje de Unforgiven. Volvíamos de Los Angeles y fui directo a decirle que lo admiraba y, como suelen hacer los actores, él expresó cuánto admiraba mi trabajo. Después seguimos hablando sobre la posibilidad de una secuela –no una remake– de The Last Detail, que mostraría a aquellos dos marineros en la actualidad, llevando al mismo muchacho de vuelta a prisión. Pero no resultó.

AM: ¿Podrías decir que Jack y tú tienen una manera similar de procesar las ideas?

M.F.: Sí, alcanza tu meta, sin llevarte los muebles por delante. (Risas)

AM: Da la impresión de que tú y Jack se divirtieron mucho juntos.

M.F.: Estaba literalmente entregado a un sueño hecho realidad. Nadie quiere aburrir a su compañero de set con frases como “Estoy tan emocionado de estar aquí contigo”. Pero a diario moría por decirle: “Jack, ¡estoy tan pero tan emocionado!”. (Risas)

AM: ¿Y cuáles son el resto de las cosas de tu lista que todavía no has cumplido?

M.F.: Tengo una compañía productora llamada Revelations Entertainment, y una gran colega que aporta todas sus ideas allí. En la puerta de mi refrigerador pegué una nota en la que se lee: “Nominación para los Academy Awards o un premio a la Mejor Película”. No me importa si alguna vez soy elegido como Mejor Actor, pero un galardón a la Mejor Película… hay tantas buenas historias allá afuera para contar.

 

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“Intellectual Property Rights” means all present and future rights conferred by statute, common law or equity in or in relation to any copyright and related rights, trademarks, designs, patents, inventions, goodwill and the right to sue for passing off, rights to inventions, rights to use, and all other intellectual property rights, in each case whether registered or unregistered and including all applications and rights to apply for and be granted, rights to claim priority from, such rights and all similar or equivalent rights or forms of protection and any other results of intellectual activity which subsist or will subsist now or in the future in any part of the world. This Agreement does not transfer to you any intellectual property owned by ALMA MAGAZINE or third parties, and all rights, titles, and interests in and to such property will remain (as between the parties) solely with ALMA MAGAZINE. All trademarks, service marks, graphics and logos used in connection with the Services, are trademarks or registered trademarks of ALMA MAGAZINE or its licensors. Other trademarks, service marks, graphics and logos used in connection with the Services may be the trademarks of other third parties. Your use of the Services grants you no right or license to reproduce or otherwise use any of ALMA MAGAZINE or third-party trademarks.

Disclaimer of warranty

You agree that such Service is provided on an “as is” and “as available” basis and that your use of the Services is solely at your own risk. We expressly disclaim all warranties of any kind, whether express or implied, including but not limited to the implied warranties of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose and non-infringement. We make no warranty that the Services will meet your requirements, or that the Service will be uninterrupted, timely, secure, or error-free; nor do we make any warranty as to the results that may be obtained from the use of the Service or as to the accuracy or reliability of any information obtained through the Service or that defects in the Service will be corrected. You understand and agree that any material and/or data downloaded or otherwise obtained through the use of Service is done at your own discretion and risk and that you will be solely responsible for any damage or loss of data that results from the download of such material and/or data. We make no warranty regarding any goods or services purchased or obtained through the Service or any transactions entered into through the Service unless stated otherwise. No advice or information, whether oral or written, obtained by you from us or through the Service shall create any warranty not expressly made herein.

Limitation of liability

To the fullest extent permitted by applicable law, in no event will ALMA MAGAZINE, its affiliates, directors, officers, employees, agents, suppliers or licensors be liable to any person for any indirect, incidental, special, punitive, cover or consequential damages (including, without limitation, damages for lost profits, revenue, sales, goodwill, use of content, impact on business, business interruption, loss of anticipated savings, loss of business opportunity) however caused, under any theory of liability, including, without limitation, contract, tort, warranty, breach of statutory duty, negligence or otherwise, even if the liable party has been advised as to the possibility of such damages or could have foreseen such damages. To the maximum extent permitted by applicable law, the aggregate liability of ALMA MAGAZINE and its affiliates, officers, employees, agents, suppliers and licensors relating to the services will be limited to an amount no greater than one dollar or any amounts actually paid in cash by you to ALMA MAGAZINE for the prior one-month period prior to the first event or occurrence giving rise to such liability. The limitations and exclusions also apply if this remedy does not fully compensate you for any losses or fails of its essential purpose.

Indemnification

You agree to indemnify and hold ALMA MAGAZINE and its affiliates, directors, officers, employees, agents, suppliers and licensors harmless from and against any liabilities, losses, damages or costs, including reasonable attorneys’ fees, incurred in connection with or arising from any third-party allegations, claims, actions, disputes, or demands asserted against any of them as a result of or relating to your Content, your use of the Services or any willful misconduct on your part.

Severability

All rights and restrictions contained in this Agreement may be exercised and shall be applicable and binding only to the extent that they do not violate any applicable laws and are intended to be limited to the extent necessary so that they will not render this Agreement illegal, invalid or unenforceable. If any provision or portion of any provision of this Agreement shall be held to be illegal, invalid or unenforceable by a court of competent jurisdiction, it is the intention of the parties that the remaining provisions or portions thereof shall constitute their agreement with respect to the subject matter hereof, and all such remaining provisions or portions thereof shall remain in full force and effect.

Dispute resolution

The formation, interpretation, and performance of this Agreement and any disputes arising out of it shall be governed by the substantive and procedural laws of Florida, United States without regard to its rules on conflicts or choice of law and, to the extent applicable, the laws of United States. The exclusive jurisdiction and venue for actions related to the subject matter hereof shall be the courts located in Florida, United States, and you hereby submit to the personal jurisdiction of such courts. You hereby waive any right to a jury trial in any proceeding arising out of or related to this Agreement. The United Nations Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods does not apply to this Agreement.

Assignment

You may not assign, resell, sub-license or otherwise transfer or delegate any of your rights or obligations hereunder, in whole or in part, without our prior written consent, which consent shall be at our own sole discretion and without obligation; any such assignment or transfer shall be null and void. We are free to assign any of its rights or obligations hereunder, in whole or in part, to any third party as part of the sale of all or substantially all of its assets or stock or as part of a merger.

Changes and amendments

We reserve the right to modify this Agreement or its terms related to the Services at any time at our discretion. When we do, we will revise the updated date at the bottom of this page, post a notification within the Services, send you an email to notify you. We may also provide notice to you in other ways at our discretion, such as through the contact information you have provided. An updated version of this Agreement will be effective immediately upon the posting of the revised Agreement unless otherwise specified. Your continued use of the Services after the effective date of the revised Agreement (or such other act specified at that time) will constitute your consent to those changes.

Acceptance of these terms

You acknowledge that you have read this Agreement and agree to all its terms and conditions. By accessing and using the Services you agree to be bound by this Agreement. If you do not agree to abide by the terms of this Agreement, you are not authorized to access or use the Services.

Contacting us

If you have any questions, concerns, or complaints regarding this Agreement, we encourage you to contact us using the details below:

info@ALMAMAGAZINE.com

This document was last updated on November 12, 2021

Disclaimer

This disclaimer (“Disclaimer”) sets forth the general guidelines, disclosures, and terms of your use of the BoatsGuideFlorida.com website (“Website”), “ALMA MAGAZINE” mobile application (“Mobile Application”) and any of their related products and services (collectively, “Services”). This Disclaimer is a legally binding agreement between you (“User”, “you” or “your”) and GHIDS MEDIA CORP (doing business as “ALMA MAGAZINE”, “we”, “us” or “our”). If you are entering into this agreement on behalf of a business or other legal entity, you represent that you have the authority to bind such entity to this agreement, in which case the terms “User”, “you” or “your” shall refer to such entity. If you do not have such authority, or if you do not agree with the terms of this agreement, you must not accept this agreement and may not access and use the Services. By accessing and using the Services, you acknowledge that you have read, understood, and agree to be bound by the terms of this Disclaimer. You acknowledge that this Disclaimer is a contract between you and ALMA MAGAZINE, even though it is electronic and is not physically signed by you, and it governs your use of the Services.

Representation

Any views or opinions represented on the Services are personal and belong solely to ALMA MAGAZINE and do not represent those of people, institutions or organizations that ALMA MAGAZINE may or may not be associated with in professional or personal capacity unless explicitly stated. Any views or opinions are not intended to malign any religion, ethnic group, club, organization, company, or individual.

Content and postings

You may not modify, print or copy any part of the Services. Inclusion of any part of the Services in another work, whether in printed or electronic or another form or inclusion of any part of the Services on another resource by embedding, framing or otherwise without the express permission of ALMA MAGAZINE is prohibited.

Compensation and sponsorship

The Services may contain forms of advertising, sponsorship, paid insertions or other forms of compensation. On certain occasions ALMA MAGAZINE may be compensated to provide opinions on products, services, or various other topics. The compensation received may influence such opinions of the advertised content or topics available on the Services. Sponsored content and advertising space will always be identified as such. Some of the links on the Services may be affiliate links. This means if you click on the link and purchase an item, ALMA MAGAZINE will receive an affiliate commission.

Indemnification and warranties

While we have made every attempt to ensure that the information contained on the Services is correct, ALMA MAGAZINE is not responsible for any errors or omissions, or for the results obtained from the use of this information. All information on the Services is provided “as is”, with no guarantee of completeness, accuracy, timeliness or of the results obtained from the use of this information, and without warranty of any kind, express or implied. In no event will ALMA MAGAZINE be liable to you or anyone else for any decision made or action taken in reliance on the information on the Services, or for any consequential, special or similar damages, even if advised of the possibility of such damages. Information on the Services is for general information purposes only and is not intended to provide any type of professional advice. Please seek professional assistance should you require it. Information contained on the Services are subject to change at any time and without warning.

Changes and amendments

We reserve the right to modify this Disclaimer or its terms related to the Services at any time at our discretion. When we do, we will revise the updated date at the bottom of this page, post a notification within the Services, send you an email to notify you. We may also provide notice to you in other ways at our discretion, such as through the contact information you have provided. An updated version of this Disclaimer will be effective immediately upon the posting of the revised Disclaimer unless otherwise specified. Your continued use of the Services after the effective date of the revised Disclaimer (or such other act specified at that time) will constitute your consent to those changes.

Acceptance of this disclaimer

You acknowledge that you have read this Disclaimer and agree to all its terms and conditions. By accessing and using the Services you agree to be bound by this Disclaimer. If you do not agree to abide by the terms of this Disclaimer, you are not authorized to access or use the Services.

Contacting us

If you have any questions, concerns, or complaints regarding this Disclaimer, we encourage you to contact us using the details below:

[email protected]

This document was last updated on March 12, 2022

Privacy Policy
This policy was last updated on March 21, 2022.
Introduction
This Privacy Policy applies to all of the products, services, and websites offered by Ghids Media Corporation and its subsidiaries or affiliated companies (collectively, “Ghids Media”). We provide this notice explaining our privacy practices and the choices you can make about how your information is collected and used by Ghids Media Corporation. Ghids Media has appointed a Data Protection Office to contact if you have any questions or concerns. The Data Protection Office contact information is as follows: Data Protection Office  Ghids Media Corporation  11007 Griffing Blvd. Miami, FL33161  [email protected]
An overview of the information we may collect.
You can take advantage of many Bonnier products, services, and websites without providing any information that personally identifies you by name, address, or other personally-identifying information. We only collect personally-identifying information when you voluntarily submit it to us. Sometimes, we need personally-identifying information to provide you with the products and services you request. Depending upon the product or service, we may ask you for various personally-identifying information. This might include, for example, your name, address, email address, telephone number, gender, and birth date. We may also ask for other information about you, such as your credit card information (when making a purchase), interests, income, or education level. We consider certain identifying information “sensitive.” This includes your credit card number, income level, or other information usually regarded as confidential. Some personal information will never be requested or collected, such as information on your race or ethnic origin, political opinions, trade union memberships, religious beliefs, health, sex life, or sexual orientation. You may choose not to provide us with any personally-identifying information. In that case, you can still access and use many portions of our websites; however, you will not be able to access and use those portions of any Bonnier website that require your personal information. Many Ghids Media websites include community features, such as online forums and message boards. The information posted in these areas becomes public information, and any third party’s use of this information is beyond our control. If you elect to submit content that includes information that can be used to identify you, you must assume that the content can and will be displayed on any website on the Internet. Our properties may feature measurement software, which will allow you to contribute to market research. We allow third-party companies to serve ads and/or collect certain information when you visit our website and directly in emails/communications. These companies may use information you have shared (e.g., click stream information, browser type, time and date, subject of advertisements clicked or scrolled over, email address) during your visits to this and other Web sites to provide advertisements about goods and services likely to be of greater interest to you. Our partners use this information to recognize you across different channels and platforms over time for advertising, analytics, attribution, and reporting purposes; any information collected is stored in hashed or non-human-readable form. These companies typically use a cookie or third party web beacon to collect this information. Ghids Media websites sometimes may offer contests, sweepstakes, or promotions sponsored by or co-sponsored with identified third parties. Under their sponsorship, these third parties may obtain personally-identifying information that visitors voluntarily submit to them to participate in the contest, sweepstakes, or promotion. B Ghids Media has no control over the third-party sponsors’ use of this information. If a third-party sponsor beyond our control will obtain information that you supply us, we will notify you when we collect the information from you. For specific promotions, only those who provide us with the requested personally-identifying information will be able to order products, programs, and services or otherwise participate in the promotion’s activities and offerings. Some of our websites contain links to other sites. By clicking on these links, you will leave the website operated by Ghids Media and this Privacy Policy will no longer apply. These other sites’ information practices may be different than ours. You should consult the other sites’ privacy notices, as we have no control over information submitted to or collected by these third parties.
How we use the information we collect
We use the personally-identifying information you provide us to fulfill your requests for our products, programs, and services, respond to your inquiries about offerings, and offer you other products, programs, or services that we believe may be of interest to you. We sometimes use this information to communicate with you, such as to notify you when you have won one of our contests, make changes to subscriber agreements, fulfill a request by you for an online newsletter, or contact you about your account with us. We do not use your personal information to make automated decisions. We may syndicate the publicly available content of our community areas to unaffiliated third-party websites using RSS or other technologies. The information you have shared in the community areas may be included in this syndication. We will use the personally-identifying information that you provide about others in order to provide the products or services that you have requested; for example, to enable us to send them your gifts or cards. If you provide us someone else’s personally-identifying information for referral purposes, we may use that information to invite them to visit our websites or to provide them information about our products or services. If you provide us with your email and/or postal address, we may include that address in email and/or postal address lists that we sell, trade, or rent to third parties. These lists will never contain sensitive information. If you do not wish for your email or postal address to be shared with companies not owned by Bonnier who want to market products or services to you, you have the opportunity to opt out, as described below. You may also opt out of the receipt of any marketing materials from Ghids Media as described below. We may transfer your sensitive personally-identifying information to other Bonnier offices for internal management and administrative purposes. In addition, your personal data will be transferred to other Bonnier offices where necessary for the performance or conclusion of our contractual obligations to you or for your benefit. Transfers of personally-identifying information may also be made where necessary for the establishment, exercise, or defense of legal claims. We do not transfer personal information internationally. Ghids Media will only share your sensitive personal information with outside companies or individuals in any of the following limited circumstances:
  • When we use trusted businesses or persons to process personal information on our behalf. Before sharing any personal information with outside parties, we require that these parties agree to process such information based on our instructions and in compliance with this Privacy Policy and any other appropriate confidentiality and security measures.
  • When we have a good faith belief that access, use, preservation, or disclosure is necessary to:
  1. comply with applicable law, regulation, or legal process;
  2. enforce the applicable Terms of Service or other agreements and policies on the Company’s Websites;
  3. detect, prevent, or otherwise address fraud, security, or technical issues; or
  4. protect against imminent harm to the rights, property, or safety or Ghids Media, its users, or the public as required or permitted by law.
  • When you consent. Before we share your sensitive personal information outside of the previously listed circumstances, we will ask you for permission first. Please note that this only applies to sensitive information, as defined above.
We may also use, transfer, sell, and share aggregated, anonymous data about our users for any legal purpose, such as analyzing usage trends and seeking compatible advertisers and partners. In no event will this aggregated data contain any information that could be used to identify individual users of our products or services.
How we protect the safety and integrity of the information we collect
We take appropriate physical, electronic, and procedural measures to safeguard and protect your personal information. We use a variety of security measures, including encryption and authentication, to maintain the confidentiality of your personal information. We store your personal information on systems behind firewalls that are only accessible to a limited number of persons, each of whom is required to keep the information confidential. We also take appropriate measures to secure the transmission of sensitive personal information from your computer to the Company’s computers. When you transmit sensitive personal information to us, like credit card information, we offer the use of a secure connection to our servers. To the extent you select the secure connection method or your browser supports such functionality, all credit card account information that you supply is transmitted via secure encryption technology. Regardless of these measures, no system connected to the Internet or data transmission sent over the Internet can be guaranteed to be 100% secure. We will provide notice if we become aware of any security breach that may affect any sensitive personal information pertaining to you that we have stored on our systems. Ghids Media only collects personal information that is relevant to the purposes for which it will be used. Though we do take appropriate steps to review and update the information that we store to ensure that it is accurate, complete, and current, we also depend on you to update or correct your personal information when necessary. To protect your privacy and security, we will take reasonable steps to help verify your identity before granting access or making corrections. We will decline to process requests where we cannot verify the identity of the requester. We may also decline to process requests that are automated, repetitive, systematic, or impractical, or that might jeopardize the privacy of others. In some limited circumstances, such as to resolve disputes, troubleshoot problems, and enforce our policies, we may retain some of information that you have requested us to remove. Therefore, you should not expect that all of your personal information will be completely removed from our databases in response to your requests.
Your privacy options
We do not share your email address with any third-party, unless you have given us the explicit permission to do so. Email messages we send on behalf of our advertisers or other Bonnier brands are delivered from our internal email marketing system only. We may also use an encrypted form of your email address strictly for matching purposes, both internally and externally. We only want to communicate with you if you want to hear from us. All email messages we send will contain Unsubscribe and Manage Preferences links in the footer of each email, which you can use to control what type of email messages you receive. In order to provide you with all relevant content for our brand(s) with which you have interest and to give you the greatest degree of control over what type of messages you receive, your email address may exist on multiple lists. Taking action using the Unsubscribe link will suppress you from a single list for that type of content (ex: Editorial, Sponsored or Consumer Marketing). For this reason, if you want to stop receiving all email messages from a Bonnier brand, using the Manage Preferences link from the email footer may be a more appropriate option. You may also use the Manage Preferences link to receive other content types, update your personal information or sign up for emails from other Ghids Media brands.
Questions, Concerns, and Complaints
If you have any questions or concerns about this Policy, or if you think that we have used your personal information in a manner inconsistent with this Policy, please contact us by mail or email: Data Protection Office Ghids Media Corporation 11007 Griffing Blvd. Miami, FL33161 [email protected] If we receive a complaint from you, we will contact you in an attempt to address your concerns. If we are not able to resolve a complaint, we will participate in appropriate independent recourse mechanisms as necessary. Boats Guide Florida, Usa Onboard, Alma Magazine, Alma Miami and Ghids are Trademarks of Ghids Media Corp.

GHIDS MEDIA CORP & USA ONBOARD

Website And Web Application
Terms and conditions

USA ONBOARD is a media owned by GHIDS MEDIA CORP.

These terms and conditions (“Agreement”) set forth the general terms and conditions of your use of the BoatsGuideFlorida.com website (“Website”), “BOATS GUIDE FLORIDA” mobile application (“Mobile Application”), UsaOnboard.com website (“Website”), and any of their related products and services (collectively, “Services”). This Agreement is legally binding between you (“User”, “you” or “your”) and GHIDS MEDIA CORP (doing business as “BOATS GUIDE FLORIDA”, USA ONBOARD, “we”, “us” or “our”). If you are entering into this agreement on behalf of a business or other legal entity, you represent that you have the authority to bind such entity to this agreement, in which case the terms “User”, “you” or “your” shall refer to such entity. If you do not have such authority, or if you do not agree with the terms of this agreement, you must not accept this agreement and may not access and use the Services. By accessing and using the Services, you acknowledge that you have read, understood, and agree to be bound by the terms of this Agreement. You acknowledge that this Agreement is a contract between you and BOATS GUIDE FLORIDA & USA ONBOARD even though it is electronic and is not physically signed by you, and it governs your use of the Services.

Accounts and membership

If you create an account on the Services, you are responsible for maintaining the security of your account and you are fully responsible for all activities that occur under the account and any other actions taken in connection with it. We may monitor and review new accounts before you may sign in and start using the Services. Providing false contact information of any kind may result in the termination of your account. You must immediately notify us of any unauthorized uses of your account or any other breaches of security. We will not be liable for any acts or omissions by you, including any damages of any kind incurred as a result of such acts or omissions. We may suspend, disable, or delete your account (or any part thereof) if we determine that you have violated any provision of this Agreement or that your conduct or content would tend to damage our reputation and goodwill. If we delete your account for the foregoing reasons, you may not re-register for our Services. We may block your email address and Internet protocol address to prevent further registration.

User content

We do not own any data, information or material (collectively, “Content”) that you submit on the Services in the course of using the Service. You shall have sole responsibility for the accuracy, quality, integrity, legality, reliability, appropriateness, and intellectual property ownership or right to use of all submitted Content. We may monitor and review the Content on the Services submitted or created using our Services by you. You grant us permission to access, copy, distribute, store, transmit, reformat, display and perform the Content of your user account solely as required for the purpose of providing the Services to you. Without limiting any of those representations or warranties, we have the right, though not the obligation, to, in our own sole discretion, refuse or remove any Content that, in our reasonable opinion, violates any of our policies or is in any way harmful or objectionable. You also grant us the license to use, reproduce, adapt, modify, publish or distribute the Content created by you or stored in your user account for commercial, marketing or any similar purpose.

Billing and payments

You shall pay all fees or charges to your account in accordance with the fees, charges, and billing terms in effect at the time a fee or charge is due and payable. Where Services are offered on a free trial basis, payment may be required after the free trial period ends, and not when you enter your billing details (which may be required prior to the commencement of the free trial period). If auto-renewal is enabled for the Services you have subscribed for, you will be charged automatically in accordance with the term you selected. If, in our judgment, your purchase constitutes a high-risk transaction, we will require you to provide us with a copy of your valid government-issued photo identification, and possibly a copy of a recent bank statement for the credit or debit card used for the purchase. We reserve the right to change products at any time. We also reserve the right to refuse any order you place with us. We may, in our sole discretion, limit or cancel quantities purchased per person, per household or per order. These restrictions may include orders placed by or under the same customer account, the same credit card, and/or orders that use the same billing and/or shipping address. In the event that we make a change to or cancel an order, we may attempt to notify you by contacting the e-mail and/or billing address/phone number provided at the time the order was made.

Accuracy of information

Occasionally there may be information on the Services that contains typographical errors, inaccuracies or omissions that may relate to availability, promotions and offers. We reserve the right to correct any errors, inaccuracies or omissions, and to change or update information or cancel orders if any information on the Services or Services is inaccurate at any time without prior notice (including after you have submitted your order). We undertake no obligation to update, amend or clarify information on the Services including, without limitation, pricing information, except as required by law. No specified update or refresh date applied on the Services should be taken to indicate that all information on the Services or Services has been modified or updated.

Third party services

If you decide to enable, access or use third party services, be advised that your access and use of such other services are governed solely by the terms and conditions of such other services, and we do not endorse, are not responsible or liable for, and make no representations as to any aspect of such other services, including, without limitation, their content or the manner in which they handle data (including your data) or any interaction between you and the provider of such other services. You irrevocably waive any claim against BOATS GUIDE FLORIDA with respect to such other services. BOATS GUIDE FLORIDA is not liable for any damage or loss caused or alleged to be caused by or in connection with your enablement, access or use of any such other services, or your reliance on the privacy practices, data security processes or other policies of such other services. You may be required to register for or log into such other services on their respective platforms. By enabling any other services, you are expressly permitting BOATS GUIDE FLORIDA to disclose your data as necessary to facilitate the use or enablement of such other service.

Backups

We perform regular backups of the Website and its Content and will do our best to ensure completeness and accuracy of these backups. In the event of the hardware failure or data loss we will restore backups automatically to minimize the impact and downtime.

Advertisements

During your use of the Services, you may enter into correspondence with or participate in promotions of advertisers or sponsors showing their goods or services through the Services. Any