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Assume Spooning Position on Pride of the Ocean

Chessie Award Winning Film Joins Bermuda Pride Cruise
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The Spooners SmartBed

 

“Assume Spooning Position!” is the memorable catchphrase of Drowsy’s SmartBed (left), the animated antagonist in the film “Spooners”. If you haven’t seen this award winning comedy, you’re in for a treat. In 2013, the film won The Seattle International Film Festival’s Golden Space Needle award for best short film and CineSLAM’s prestigious Chessie Award for best film. The Chessie Award sponsors the winning filmmaker on an upcoming Pride of the Ocean cruise.

Spooners Director Bryan Horch with Assistant Director Liz Ellis

 

 

 

Bryan Horch, who directed “Spooners” with Assistant Director Elizabeth Ellis (right), will be aboard Pride of the Ocean’s June Pride cruise from New York to Bermuda June 1-8, 2014 to screen “Spooners”, as well as talk about his upcoming projects.

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A New England native, Bryan memorably used local actors and local businesses to create the unique look and feel of “Spooners”, which made it a favorite at the New England based CineSLAM Film Festival, where many audience members recognized people and places in the film. The two lead actors, Ben Lerman and Walter Replogle (left), have a winning onscreen chemistry as the film’s married couple shopping for a new mattress. ChessieAwardHeader

 

 

 

“Spooners” is still playing the film festival circuit, so if you missed this hilarious film when it came to your town, why not see it on Pride of the Ocean with us, while you cruise to tropical Bermuda in the company of great people, great films, and great food?

It’s all fabulous on Pride of the Ocean!

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“Kill Your Darlings” Writer to Screen Documentary on Pride of the Ocean

Austin Bunn, who co-wrote the script for the Daniel Radcliffe film about a murder in 1944 that draws together the great poets of the beat generation: Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac and William Burroughs, will be joined by his cinematographer, editor, and partner, Bob Hazen, where they will be screening their latest documentary, “Lavender Hill: A Love Story” on Pride of the Ocean’s New York to Bermuda Pride Cruise June 1-8, 2014.

Daniel Radcliffe as Allen Ginsberg and Dane DeHaan as Lucien Carr in "Kill Your Darlings"

Daniel Radcliffe as Allen Ginsberg and Dane DeHaan as Lucien Carr in “Kill Your Darlings”

In 1973, a motley group of young writers, artists, political activists, and recent college graduates purchased over 80 acres of land outside West Danby, New York to build, with their own hands, a two story home that became Lavender Hill

The Lavender Hill Commune, circa 1974

The Lavender Hill Commune, circa 1974

Austin Bunn (center) with director John Krokidas and actor Daniel Radcliffe

Austin Bunn (center) with director John Krokidas
and actor Daniel Radcliffe

Funded, in part, by the Cornell Council for the Arts, “Lavender Hill: A Love Story” uses rare archival 8mm film and interviews with former commune members and gay and lesbian activists and historians to tell the story of the origins and history of one of the few gay and lesbian communes.

“Austin and Bob’s film is perfect for our theme about the 45th anniversary of Stonewall. Gay communes were an important part of our later advancements for LGBT rights. Even I got my feet wet living at the Unicorn News Gay Commune in DC during the early 70’s, along with Dancing Bear, Andy Kupcake, Ellen Strawberry and Michael Bumblebee.”, said John Scagliotti, Pride of the Ocean’s Program Director.

 

Austin graduated from Yale and The Iowa Writers’ Workshop and is now an assistant professor in Cornell University’s department of Performing and Media Arts.

Click here to learn more about the cruise and to see available options for joining Austin on this trip to Bermuda.

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No Selfies Please…

Pride of the Ocean’s New Exclusive Photography Program for 2014
Kelly Burkhardt on Pride of the Ocean’s Skagway Alaska excursion in 2013 (credit Richard Davis)

Kelly Burkhardt on Pride of the Ocean’s Skagway Alaska excursion in 2013 (credit Richard Davis)

Pride of the Ocean’s cruise to Alaska in 2013 drew many ooh’s and ah’s for the stunning vistas and the even more stunning photography of our guests taken both on land and at sea during the voyage.

Geisha Cumberbatch

Geisha Cumberbatch

Don’t be forced to walk the plank, or worse yet ride the water slide, for not having your camera at the ready and missing those magic moments during your upcoming trip to Bermuda. Leave the photography to us!

In 2014, we will begin our new Pride of the Ocean Exclusive Photography Program, offering our guests a complimentary private web page with a set of your own exclusive personal photographs from the trip, taken by a professional photographer while on the cruise, as a souvenir of the trip. This is in addition to the great films, great people, great food, and great places that you experience as part of a Pride of the Ocean cruise.

Former Vice President of Operations at TLA Releasing and current film producer, Kelly A. Burkhardt, will be joining Pride of the Ocean’s New York to Bermuda cruise on June 1-8, 2014. In addition to her filmmaking skills, Kelly is also a professional photographer and will be Pride of the Ocean’s official photographer for 2014, ensuring that you are always camera ready.

We’d like to thank Richard Davis for capturing so many great memories as the official photographer for our 2013 cruise in Alaska. If you missed seeing Richard’s breathtaking photographs from Alaska, click here to see those, as well as photographs from our prior cruises.

Click here to learn more about our upcoming Bermuda Pride cruise and our Hawaiian Islands Coming Out Day cruise.

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Vic Basile to be Honored on Pride of the Ocean’s Bermuda Cruise

Vic Basile

Vic Basile

Vic Basile, Executive Producer of the film, “After Stonewall” and co-founder of the Human Rights Campaign and the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund, will be awarded in a ceremony on Pride of the Ocean’s 5th cruise from New York to Bermuda on June 1-8, 2014. He will be Pride of the Ocean’s 3rd Body of Work Award recipient. “Vic is the perfect choice for our film festival taking place on the 45th anniversary of Stonewall.” said John Scagliotti, Pride of the Ocean’s Program Director, “Certainly with our theme of ‘Films That Made a Difference’, Vic has made a difference in the world through his film work.”

Vic Basile (2nd from left) at The Capitol Building in 1981

Vic Basile (2nd from left)
The Capitol Building 1981

Besides being a major influence in film, Vic is also being recognized for his many years as a pioneering LGBT activist. He became the first Executive Director of the Human Rights Campaign Fund in 1983 and subsequently co-founded the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund, the largest US LGBT political action committee. There are now more than 700 LGBT elected officials in the United States, largely thanks in part to the efforts of the Victory Fund.

Vic’s work in film and television also includes his role as Executive Producer of “Stonewall 25: Global Voices of Pride and Protest” an hour-long television special produced for the 25th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots. Vic was also instrumental in saving the “In The Life” Public Television series back in 1994 by single handedly bringing the show back into solvency, allowing it to continue for 17 more years on PBS.

Under President Obama, Vic became Counselor to openly gay Director of the Office of Personnel Management, John Berry, and was responsible for overseeing the implementation of LGBT reforms across the Federal Government.

Film "After Stonewall" with activists Barbara Gittings and Kay Tobin Lahusencredit Wayne Marquardt

Activists Barbara Gittings and Kay Tobin Lahusen
from the film “After Stonewall” (credit Wayne Marquardt)

 

The award winning 1999 film, “After Stonewall: From the Stonewall Riots to the Millennium”, will be screened before the Body of Work awards presentation in the Manhattan Room on board the Norwegian Breakaway on June 7, 2014.

 

 

 

2013 Body of Work Award given to Andrea Meyerson by Susi Walsh and John Scagliotti

2013 Body of Work Award given to Andrea Meyerson
by Susi Walsh and John Scagliotti

 

Previous Body of Work Award honorees have included award winning director, writer, and actor Casper Andreas, and Director/Producer Andrea Meyerson, best known for her award winning 2012 documentary “I Stand Corrected” and her “Laughing Matters” series of films.

 

 

How you can honor Vic’s contribution to the LGBT community: For each person reserving a cabin with the promotional code VIC2014, a contribution of $75 will be made to the Human Rights Campaign Foundation, and each person will receive a $75 cabin discount. Click here to learn more about our Bermuda Pride cruise.

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