Archive for January, 2017

Social Resistance is a Dish Best Served Funny

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Congratulations to Danny Tayara, who was recently named Festival Director for TWIST: Seattle Queer Film Festival. Danny is pictured above center with Pride of the Ocean filmmaker, Sam Berliner. Sam was named full-time Senior Programmer with Three Dollar Bill Cinema. Congratulations to them both!


Danny can be seen at left preparing for Pride of the Ocean’s 10th Anniversary Western Caribbean Cruise, by getting into an appropriately tropical frame of mind. Danny will be screening the film OH, I GET IT, which tells the story of how Seattle-based queer comedians are changing comedy using their own brand of humor, proving that social change is best served funny.


Danny Tayara is a filmmaker and animator in Seattle, WA. Past projects include a behind-the-scenes featurette for LUCKY THEM, and 2012 short film WHILE WE’RE ASLEEP. Danny’s career as a filmmaker began at Reel Queer Youth video production training for LGBTQ youth and allies, and has evolved to now managing the program.


Click on the image below to watch the trailer for the film, then check out the Upcoming Cruises link above to learn how you can meet  Danny on our next cruise.


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After the Inauguration, Time to Reinvent the Wheel and the Reel

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Michael Gorlick brought his first film, COMING OUT: A REVOLUTIONARY ACT, to Pride of the Ocean’s 2014 Bermuda cruise. Also on that cruise was fellow Pride of the Ocean filmmaker, Casper Andreas, who was screening his film, A LAST FAREWELL.

Not the first and hopefully not the last time a film has emerged from two people meeting for the first time on Pride of the Ocean, Michael and Casper went on to collaborate on Michael’s next film, REINVENTING THE REEL, in which Casper appears. The film went on to screen at The Cannes Film Festival, where Casper (left) and Michael (right), are shown in the above photograph.

According to the Contact Hypothesis Theory, the more times a viewer sees/interacts with a minority in film (preferably in varied depictions), the less prejudice they will have towards that group. In light of the election, impending inauguration and legislation, it is more important than ever to embrace this theory.


REINVENTING THE REEL is a documentary short about contemporary independent film-makers’ attempts to change the portrayal of LGBT characters in film. The film begins with a historical perspective of the big-studio Hollywood treatment of LGBT characters, shows how that portrayal has changed, and why it is important that it continues to change. The documentary follows the journey of Casper Andreas, an American independent film-maker, as he directs and produces KISS ME, KILL ME a murder-mystery feature film about a group of characters in West Hollywood who happen to identify as LGBT.


Click here or on the image below to watch the trailer for the film, then check out the Upcoming Cruises link above to learn how you can meet Michael on our Eastern Caribbean cruise.


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