Archive for February, 2016

Supreme Court: Will Gay Marriage Be Back on the Docket?

Have Lunch on the Island of Capri with New York Times Videographer Samantha Stark

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On the next Pride of the Ocean we go behind the scenes of the latest Supreme Court decision with New York Times Videographer  Samantha Stark’s intriguing personal portrait of the clients that were the real people behind the big news.Samantha Stark has been a staff video journalist at The New York Times for the past three years. Specializing in stories about unique characters and human relationships, her work has taken her to: the Mobile, AL marriage bureau, a fast-food worker picket line, a training for would-be beauty queens and an 87-year-old’s first time on the red carpet. She was nominated for an Emmy for her work on a project documenting LGBT teenagers and has taught video storytelling at the City University of New York’s Graduate School of Journalism. On the next Pride of the Ocean we go behind the scenes of the last court decision with New York Times Video reporter Samantha Stark’s intriguing personal portrait of the clients that were the real people behind the big news.

THE REAL PEOPLE BEHIND THE SUPREME COURT RULINGS

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Jim Obergefell in front of the Supreme Court Building
It’s easy to forget that there are real people behind Supreme Court rulings. When the U.S. legalized same-sex marriage across the nation, a shy widower named Jim Obergefell was thrust into the media spotlight as the lead plaintiff in the case. But his win was bittersweet — he had been fighting to list his name as ‘surviving spouse’ on his husband’s death certificate.Samantha Stark’s film, A LEGACY OF DEVOTION is the big love story behind one of the biggest Supreme Court cases in history — told with great intimacy from the perspectives of Mr. Obergefell, his deceased husband’s aunt, their funeral director, and the local civil rights lawyer who asked to represent them.
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Jim Obergefell (right) and John Arthur returning from their wedding
As the presidential campaign heats up in 2016, we are still grappling with a Supreme Court case that said yes to Gay Marriage in the US by only one vote.  It has been said that the next President could have as many as three new court appointments and a number of candidates have weighed in on how they see the issue of Gay Marriage and how that appointment is part of the mix when it comes to the future of Gay Marriage.  In other words that historic decision could easily be overturned.Join these movers and shakers and be a part of the big ideas and discussions taking place in our floating salon.  Who knows? Your ideas might spark a story for a future film coming to your local theater soon.

CAPRI

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Natural arch in the Faraglioni di Capri – Italy
The Island of Capri is one of the most picturesque and visited locations in Italy.A day trip by ferry from Naples, Capri is an island in Italy’s Gulf of Naples, is famed for its rugged landscapeupscale beach resortsand high-end shops selling handmade leather sandals and signature limoncello liqueur. One of its best-known natural sites is the Blue Grotto, a dark cavern where the sea glows electric blue, the result of sunlight passing through an underwater cave.
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MAKE FRIENDS ALONG THE WAY

Greetings from the Celebrity Solstice®

Greetings from the Celebrity Solstice®

In his New York Times article below, author George Gustinesalludes to the fact that travel to exotic destinations is only made better by making friends along the way. 
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During our past 8 cruisestraveling in the good company of Pride of the Ocean’s fellow passengers has not only engendered enduring friendships, both personal and professional, but has even resulted in several long-term romantic relationships along the way.
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“The true delight of the trip was not the quality of the festival itself (the richness of Web content being developed was especially amazing) but the friends we made.”George GustinesThe New York Times
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“This is not just a cruise to Alaska. It’s a gay group cruise to Glacier Bay, and a great way to mix and mingle with other LGBT film lovers who may have missed the winning films and documentaries at local festivals around the country.”Anthony SchillaciExaminer.com
We hope you’ll consider joining the smart and engaging people like you who have been coming to Pride of the Ocean since 2009 for the unique experience of enjoying an ocean cruise together with  much more than a film festival. Past passengers have included everyone from cruise aficionados, to film enthusiasts, to people who simply like to travel.Warmly,Everyone at Pride of the Ocean
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Have Dinner in Marseille with Stu Maddux & Reel in the Closet

 

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Stu Maddux is a multi-award winning filmmaker with international credits trying to use his powers for good. Sometimes he gets butterflies in his stomach about something that no one is paying attention to and he knows he should document it.

His preceding film, “Gen Silent” is a widely used documentary about Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender older people hiding their lives to survive discrimination, bullying and abuse in aging care.

Stu’s first documentary as an independent filmmaker was the critically-acclaimed “Bob and Jack’s 52-Year Adventure” about an Army sergeant who began an affair with his commanding officer in 1952. The two men came out to the troops in their unit and are still together a half-century later.

Stu Maddux will be screening his latest documentary on Pride of the Ocean’s 2016 European cruise. Click on the button below to learn how you can join him.

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REEL IN THE CLOSET

Stu Maddux’s “Reel In The Closet” is a feature-length documentary that lets us connect with LGBT people from the past through the rare LGBT home movies that they left for us.

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Stu was searching for a way to really understand the people who came before him, not just read about them. He discovered old home movies dating back to the 1930s in closets and attics around the world. There were also recorded news stories and community productions that they left behind.

Stu spent three years making his documentary that he hopes lets you feel how he felt the first time he saw one of these movies.

But a big part of the story for Stu isn’t the few movies that have been saved but all the ones being thrown out- sometimes on purpose. In a decade, most will be destroyed or no longer playable.

We will never get them back.

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MAKE FRIENDS ALONG THE WAY

Greetings from the Celebrity Solstice®

Greetings from the Celebrity Solstice®

In his New York Times article below, author George Gustines alludes to the fact that travel to exotic destinations is only made better by making friends along the way.

Greetings from the Celebrity Solstice®
During our past 8 cruises, traveling in the good company of Pride of the Ocean’s fellow passengers has not only engendered enduring friendships, both personal and professional, but has even resulted in several long-term romantic relationships along the way.

Victoria, British Columbia

Victoria, British Columbia

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“The true delight of the trip was not the quality of the festival itself (the richness of Web content being developed was especially amazing) but the friends we made.”

George Gustines

The New York Times

 

 

 

Examiner4“This is not just a cruise to Alaska. It’s a gay group cruise to Glacier Bay, and a great way to mix and mingle with other LGBT film lovers who may have missed the winning films and documentaries at local festivals around the country.”

 

 

Anthony Schillaci

Examiner.com

 

 

We hope you’ll consider joining the smart and engaging people like you who have been coming to Pride of the Ocean since 2009 for the unique experience of enjoying an ocean cruise together with much more than a film festival. Past passengers have included everyone from cruise aficionados, to film enthusiasts, to people who simply like to travel.

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