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Pride of the Ocean throws the holiday bash for Women On A Roll

Our Program Director, John Scagliotti, gets into the swing of things on his way to the Hollywood WOAR Party.

The mistletoe was out this past weekend in Hollywood as Pride of the Ocean’s Cruise Director, Jim Pollin, and Program Director, John Scagliotti sponsored the Holiday Party for the Women On A Roll.   And we are delighted that so many Women on A Roll will be joining us on our next film festival cruise.  What a great group they are! Great dancers and the caterer of the party is coming too! She has heard about the great food on the ship.

Jonthan Gatz, from OUTSERVE, dancing with the Women On A Roll

We’ll be honoring the founder of WOAR, Andrea Meyerson, as our recipient of the Body of Work recognition.   And you can see some of that body in our new festival video which we premiered at the LA LGBT Center’s Renberg Theater.  It stars Casper Andreas (GOING DOWN IN LA LA LAND), Sebastian La Cause (HUSTLING Series) and the very talented Emmy-winner, Mark Payne.  The show in LA was closed out with a special appearance of Liza Minelli.  Only in LA does it get this wild and to think it is coming on board the Norwegian Pearl soon.  Click here http://vimeo.com/54798831  to view (you’ll need to write the password: norwegianpearl

The Pride of the Ocean folks take a pose with Liza Minelli.

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Pride of the Ocean to Present Sneak Preview of Greg Louganis Documentary

Pride of the Ocean welcomes Olympic gold medalist Greg Louganis who will be on board the ship to welcome Pride of the Ocean passengers going on the Alaska cruise next summer. Joining him will be Back on Board Greg Louganis director Cheryl Furjanic and other LGBT filmmakers and film fans. The floating film festival is sailing from Seattle to Alaska’s Glacier Bay August 18-25, 2013 aboard the Norwegian Pearl.

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Today on Pride of the Ocean | Friday June 15

Friday was our final day in Bermuda, and although it was raining, we still had a great day!

We began with our morning screening of SHELTER, presented by producer JD Disalvatore, and followed with an impromptu screening of CineSLAM Film Slam Seminar participant Cheryl Furjanic’s documentary SYNC OR SWIM.


After our lunchtime break, we began again in Michael’s Lounge on board the Summit for our CineSLAM Film Slam Seminar/ Webisode panel discussion with Randall Jenson (50FAGGOTS), Sebastian La Cause (HUSTLING), and JC Calciano (STEAM ROOM STORIES). It was truly an exciting and educational discussion. Click the links above to see for yourself!

Finally, we closed the day with our second official group dinner, sponsored by The Advocate!

Our festival Cruise Director Jim Pollin (left) and festival Program Director John Scagliotti (right) at our second official group dinner, sponsored by The Advocate.

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Today on Pride of the Ocean | Tuesday June 12

Today was our second full day on the ocean, and we are well underway. This morning we opened with the awkwardly hilarious short GAYBY by Jonathan Lisecki, and the powerful documentary WISH ME AWAY, starring Chely Wright.

In the late morning, Miriam Cutler, musical composer, held an enlightening seminar titled “Know the Score: What Film Music Brings to Storytelling”, followed by our second round of CineSLAM Film Slam Seminars.

Tomorrow morning we will arrive in Bermuda, and we will post pictures from the previous days’ events.

 

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Today on Pride of the Ocean | Monday June 11

Today began our first of many screenings this week, and a busy day it was! We began with the amazing documentary VITO by Jeffrey Schwarz. Miriam Cutler, the film’s musical composer is on board with us, and did a wonderful Q&A session after the film.

Following VITO, was our first “Filmmaker on Board, Special Screening” with producer Lesli Klainberg presenting PAUL MONETTE: THE BRINK OF SUMMER’S END.

In mid-afternoon we held our first of three CineSLAM Film Slam Seminars, which is a program that offers the chance for filmmakers to workshop their works-in-progress among a group of talented peers.

Finally, we finished the day with our first official group dinner and the elegant Cosmopolitan restaurant.

Looks like it’s going to be a great week!

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Bon Voyage, Pride of the Ocean 2012!

From left to right: Susi Walsh (Exec. Dir. of the Center for Independent Documentary), John Scagliotti (our program director), Geisha Cumberbatch (our cruise associate)

Last night we held our Bon Voyage Party at the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Center in NYC. We had a lot of fun, and it was a great opportunity for those who arrived early to meet up.

We also officially announced our film festival cruise destination for 2013 – Seattle to Alaska! Click here for a detailed itinerary.

From left to right: Jennifer Howd (co-founder Q-Me Con), Mark Payne (Emmy Award-winning make-up artist), and Casper Andreas (Dir. "Going Down in LA-LA Land")

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FROM THE GROUND UP | Panel on Pride of the Ocean 2012

Announcing our second Q-Me Con panel on Pride of the Ocean 2012,

FROM THE GROUND UP:

A RESOURCE-SHARING AND STRATEGY-BUILDING CONVERSATION ON HOW TO FIND FUNDS AND OTHER RESOURCES FOR YOUR FILM

“From grants & foundations, to private investors & “soft moneys,” join top industry members as they discuss what capital and other resources are out there for you and your project — and share tips on how you can go out there and get them!”

Tuesday, June 12th, 3:00PM
In the DECK 3 Conference Room.

Q-Me Con Panel Film Festival Directors, moderated by Jennifer Howd (far right), 2011

This panel will be moderated by Jennifer Howd (co-founder of Q-Me Con), featuring panelists:

Lesli Klainberg (managing director, Film Society Lincoln Center)

Cheryl Furjanic (filmmaker, SYNC OR SWIM)

Andrea Meyerson (filmmaker and founder of Women On A Roll)

Casper Andreas (director, GOING DOWN IN LA-LA LAND)

Kareem Mortimer (director, CHILDREN OF GOD)

JD Disalvatore (producer, SHELTER)

JC Calciano (director, eCUPID, webisode creator)

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Films with a Cause! on Pride of the Ocean 2012

Nancy Johnson (right) and Susan Stryker (left) at screening of "Screaming Queens"

We’re pleased to announce that the Q-MeCon/CID panel for Films with a Cause will take place on Pride of the Ocean, Saturday, June 16, 2012 @ 11:15am – 1:15pm in the Deck 3 Conference Room.

The panel will be facilitated by Jennifer Howd, founder of Q-MeCon.

How do non-profits and NGO’s like PFLAG or Amnesty International use films and short web videos to spread their messages, build membership and conduct outreach for their mission? Are you looking for a way to get involved?… Join us for an in-depth conversation with leading change-makers to learn how YOU can make a difference through grassroots efforts to promote content for a cause.

The panelists are Nancy Johnson (PFLAG Oak Park, IL), Susi Walsh (Executive Director of the Center for Independent Documentary), Stu Maddux (director of GEN SILENT, to be screened on board), John Scagliotti (creator of IN THE LIFE, PBS), and Matt Paco (producer at IN THE LIFE and MTV WORKS).

Pride of the Ocean is pleased to be in collaboration with Q-MeCon for the third consecutive year.

Jennifer Howd, co-founder of Q-MeCon

The Queer Media and Entertainment Conference (Q-Me Con) creates events designed specifically for industry professionals working in, or looking to break into, LGBT content creation for the burgeoning queer TV, music, film and new digital media arenas. Q-Me Con features engaging seminars, tons of networking events and outrageous off-site parties designed specifically for queer industry professionals and content creators.

Q-Me Con was created by Punkmouse, a NYC-based queer-owned and operated media and entertainment group, founded in 2005 by industry veterans John Baez and Jennifer Howd.

Films with a Cause is one of two seminars Q-MeCon is presenting on board Pride of the Ocean. We will be announcing the other seminar with panelists in a few days.

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CLOUDBURST to Screen on Third Annual Pride of the Ocean Film Festival

CLOUDBURST, starring Olympia Dukakis and directed by Thom Fitzgerald, will be screening this June at our third annual film festival on the high seas!

“Olympia Dukakis and Brenda Fricker as Stella and Dot, an aging couple who escape from a nursing home in Maine and drive to Nova Scotia on a quest to be legally married. En route to Canada, they pick up a young hitchhiker, Prentice, played by newcomer Ryan Doucette. A small-town boy turned modern dancer, he is returning to Nova Scotia to visit his dying mother. Despite his bravado, Prentice is a confused and wounded soul who has much to learn from Stella and Dot as they wage their own unexpected battle – after three decades, can they keep their family together?”

Click here to see our 2012 Film Program.

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Filmmaker On Board | Lesli Klainberg

We are really pleased to note that Lesli Klainberg, from New York’s Newfest, who will be with us on the Celebrity Summit, has just taken on a major position in the film world. She has just been appointed managing director of the Film Society Lincoln Center. Lesli will be a panelist on the Q-Me-Con/CID Distribution Panel and will have a film shown in our “Filmmakers on Board: Special Screenings.” Below are two articles, one Variety and the other Indie Wire about Lesli’s new appointment.

Join Lesli on board with other film enthusiasts this June. Click here to learn more.

Variety article

Indie Wire article

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