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Pride of the Ocean in the News – Jamaica Day Program Announced – Meet Our Guests

 

BAY AREA REPORTER REPORTS ON PRIDE OF THE OCEAN

 

“I hope the fact that the ship stops for a day in Jamaica helps to build awareness and support for oppressed LGBTQ people there in some way”. – John Scagliotti

“Pride of the Ocean doesn’t shy away because of the discriminatory nature of some of our ports of call.” – John Scagliotti

 

KAREEM MORTIMER’S FILM, CHILDREN OF GOD, TO SCREEN WHILE DOCKED IN JAMAICA

 

 

MEET EVEN MORE OF THE GREAT FOLKS COMING ON PRIDE OF THE OCEAN!

 

Joseph Applebaum co-produced the feature-length documentary, REEL IN THE CLOSET, revealing LGBTQ life via never-before-seen home movies dating back to the 1930s. The film will screen on Pride of the Ocean.

Ari Chivukula lives at the intersection of art, law, and tech. Ari is a Digital Service Expert at the Pentagon, a law student and Co-Founder of the production company Queer Church, where Ari made the short film PIZZA ROLES.

 Christopher Dawes is a corporate product manager by day and filmmaker by night. He recently completed working on a feature length documentary and feature length narrative. Both films are currently playing the festival circuit.

David M. “Cubby” Hall  Editor and Motion Graphics Director of short films and feature length documentaries, will be screening his latest short film, IT STARTED WITH AN OLD SHOEBOX: SAVING LGBT HISTORY.

Keri Harshbarger is an award-winning Associate Producer and collaborated on the making of the short film WE STARTED WITH AN OLD SHOEBOX: SAVING LGBT HISTORY, which will be screened on Pride of the Ocean. 

HB Lozito is a filmmaker, freelance writer, and community activist, whose latest project chronicles the notoriously haunted Andrew’s Inn, a gay disco, bar, hotel & restaurant in the village of Bellows Falls, Vermont from 1973-1984.

Kareem Mortimer, who resides in the Bahamas, will be screening his award-winning drama CHILDREN OF GOD on the ship while docked in Jamaica, as well as conducting a seminar on LGBT visibility in the Caribbean. 

Ali Naro is a writer and lifelong movie buff. As a kid, she had always wanted to be a critic on Siskel and Ebert, and later inspired by The Celluloid Closet, Ali created the film website Movies OVER The Rainbow, where she has over 500 reviews (and counting…) of LGBT-themed movies, TV series and more.

Greta Schiller is an independent director and producer of documentaries for television, festivals, theatrical and educational distribution. Her career was launched in 1984 with her first documentary film, BEFORE STONEWALL.

Danny Tayara is currently Senior Programmer with Three Dollar Bill Cinema, Danny is Festival Director for TWIST: Seattle Queer Film Festival and assists in programming for Translations: Seattle Transgender Film Festival.

Andrea Weiss is the writer/director of Bones of Contention, a feature documentary delving into the historical memory movement in Spain and the unknown story of LGBT repression under the Franco dictatorship.

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You won’t want to miss getting to hang out with some of these stars on our next cruise!

 

MEET JUST A FEW OF THE GREAT FOLKS COMING ON
PRIDE OF THE OCEAN!

 

Nathan Adloff is a Director/Writer/Actor based in Los Angeles. His most recent semi-autobiographical feature, “Miles”, starring Molly Shannon, Paul Reiser and Yeardley Smith, won the Audience Award at Outfest in 2016.
Sam Berliner is a filmmaker and animator best known for his engaging and accessible films about gender non-conformity. Sam is also the festival director of Translations: the Seattle Transgender Film Festival.
Terry Beswick is the Executive Director of the The GLBT Historical Society in San Francisco which collects, preserves, and interprets the history of GLBT people and the communities that support them.
Sam Feder is an award-winning filmmaker whose most recent film is “Kate Bornstein is a Queer & Pleasant Danger,” the first feature-length documentary portrait of the pioneer transgender author and performer Kate Bornstein.
Leo Herrera is a filmmaker, freelance writer, and community activist. In addition to his work in film, he’s written for a number of publications and is passionate about archives and queer history.
Stu Maddux’s latest film, “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.
Robert Rosenberg is an Emmy Award-winning independent filmmaker of the LGBT classic documentary “Before Stonewall,” and a curator, arts presenter and promotor. He was also the Founding Director of the Miami Gay & Lesbian Film Festival and the Coral Gables Art Cinema.
Christopher Rudisill is an accomplished professional with over 10 years of experience in the museum field, marketing, leadership, and consultation on LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender) issues.
Susan Stryker is an award-winning scholar and filmmaker whose historical research, theoretical writing, and creative works have helped shape the cultural conversation on transgender topics since the early 1990s.
Bud James Thomas is the Library Supervisor / Operations Manager at University of Southern California, which is a leading private research university located in Los Angeles, the capital of the Pacific Rim.
Susi Walsh is the co-founder of The Center for Independent Documentary, has been recognized by Women In Film & Video with an “Image Award” and an “Imaginnaire Award” for her work with independent filmmakers.
Debra Wilson made her national debut with her award-winning film “Butch Mystique”, exploring the lives of butch identified black lesbians. “Beyond The Butch Mystique” is a work-in-progress sequel to that film.

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Help Wish Pride of the Ocean’s Program Director a Happy Birthday!

Help bring LGBT history to light with a small donation to the Before Homosexuals documentary film educational campaign (or even just follow the campaign), and say, “Happy Birthday John Scagliotti!”

 

Did you know that today is John Scagliotti’s birthday? Won’t you wish him a happy birthday with a small donation to his film’s educational campaign, helping us to rewrite the history books by bringing 4,000 years of LGBT history into colleges and universities around the country and around the world?

We have many exciting and unique awards to choose from, many making fine holiday gifts, while sending the message that hate has no home here.

Happy Birthday John!

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Wish Pride of the Ocean’s Programming Director a Happy Birthday!

Help bring LGBT history to light with a small donation to the Before Homosexuals documentary film educational campaign (or even just follow the campaign), and say, “Happy Birthday John Scagliotti!”

Did you know that today is John Scagliotti’s birthday? Won’t you wish him a happy birthday with a small donation to his film’s  educational campaign, helping us to rewrite the history books by bringing 4,000 years of LGBT history into colleges and universities around the country and around the world?

We have many exciting and unique awards to choose from, many making fine holiday gifts, while sending the message that hate has no home here.

Happy Birthday John!

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Happy Birthday to Pride of the Ocean’s Programming Director!

Help bring LGBT history to light with a small donation to the Before Homosexuals documentary film educational campaign (or even just follow the campaign), and say, “Happy Birthday John Scagliotti!”

Did you know that today is John Scagliotti’s birthday? Won’t you wish him a happy birthday with a small donation to his film’s  educational campaign, helping us to rewrite the history books by bringing 4,000 years of LGBT history into colleges and universities around the country and around the world?

We have many exciting and unique awards to choose from, many making fine holiday gifts, while sending the message that hate has no home here.

Happy Birthday John!

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Pride of the Ocean Making History with 2 Benefit Film Screenings

THE 1ST AT SAN FRANCISCO’S HISTORIC ROXIE THEATER

On November 11, 2017, join director John Scagliotti, at the historic Roxie Theater in San Francisco, the oldest continuously operated cinema in the United States, for a screening of his latest film, Before Homosexuals, which will be benefitting the GLBT Historical Society, which will be one of the archival institutions on Pride of the Ocean’s special Saving History cruise on the Royal Caribbean Allure of the Seas from February 25 – March 4, 2018, cruising the Western Caribbean from Ft Lauderdale. Click here or on the button below to learn more about the screening.

Before Homosexuals” is dedicated to the late Dr. Louis Crompton, whose pioneering work in bringing GLBT history into colleges and universities has helped to bring our culture out of the shadows. Crompton’s book “Homosexuality and Civilization” is a powerful record of gay, lesbian, and transgender histories from around the world.

Joining John will be Pat TetreaultFounding Director of the LGBTQA+ Resource Center & Assistant Director in Student Involvement at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Close friend and colleague to the late Dr. Louis Crompton, Pat worked closely with both Louis Crompton and Luis Diaz-Perdomo to improve policies, procedures, and the climate at UNL. She also administers the Drs. Crompton & Luis Diaz-Perdomo Scholarship fund, which is awarded on an annual basis to a student at UNL.

The 32-year-old GLBT Historical Society maintains one of the largest collections of LGBTQ historical material in the world, including approximately 1,000 hours of film and video1,000 hours of recorded sound, and more than 500 oral histories. The society also sponsors San Francisco’s GLBT History Museum. This event will support the society’s video and film assets, including its oral history and digitizing projects.

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THE 2ND AT FORT LAUDERDALE’S HISTORIC GATEWAY THEATER

On December 2, 2017, join director John Scagliotti, at the historic Gateway Theater in Fort Lauderdale, continuously operated since 1951, for a screening of his latest film, Before Homosexuals, which will be benefitting the Stonewall Museum, which will be one of the archival institutions on Pride of the Ocean’s special Saving Historycruise on the Royal Caribbean Allure of the Seas from February 25 – March 4, 2018, cruising the Western Caribbean from Ft Lauderdale. Click here or on the button below to learn more about the screening.

The Stonewall National Museum & Archives promotes understanding through preserving and sharing the proud culture of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people and their significant role in American society.

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Thanks for joining! Festival Director for Translations: Seattle Transgender Film Festival Joins

TRANSGENDER THEMES IN MEDIA

Join Sam BerlinerFestival Director of Translations: Seattle Transgender Film Festival as well as director of previous Pride of the Ocean shorts GENDERBUSTERSDATING SUCKS: A GENDERQUEER MISADVENTURE, and FLOAT, as we dive into the past and contextualize what that means for the present on our special Saving History cruise on the Royal Caribbean Allure of the Seasfrom February 25 – March 4, 2018, cruising the Western Caribbean from Ft Lauderdale.


This type of coverage brings much needed attention to transgender communities but it is only the beginning. Once one learns about trans people’s existence, it is imperative to learn about our history as well as our current struggles around discrimination, staggering rates of violence and suicide, and most especially the awful challenges facing transgender women of color. So let’s go back and get some context for the recent boom, shall we?

 Transgender themes in media have been in the spotlight for the past five or so years. We’ve all seen the Times Magazine cover of Laverne Cox with the “Transgender Tipping Point,” the 20/20 exclusive interview with Caitlyn Jenner, Janet Mock’s book Redefining Realness, the big to-do around Cher’s son Chaz Bono and his transition, the TV show about trans teen Jazz Jennings, the talk about Angelia Jolie and Brad Pitt’s trans son Shiloh or Will Smith’s gender-fluid son Jaden, the huge uproar over bathroom billsand trans folks’ right to serve in the military.

Trans folks have been around for a very long time and these short films and feature excerpts are doing the important work of reviving the archives and digging into the past to continue to bring these hirstories to the present and future generations.

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Saving History 2018 Cruise Now on Sale

Saving History: LGBT Archives, Filmmakers, and their Public Working Together

Join us for this special cruise on the Royal Caribbean Allure of the Seas from February 25 – March 4, 2018, cruising the Western Caribbean from Ft Lauderdale.
Our programming includes:
Archival reps from San Francisco’s GLBT Historical Society, University of Southern California’s ONE Institute, The Stonewall National Museum & Archives, & UCLA’s Legacy Special Collection of the In The Life television series, who will all show you some of the treasures they have in their vaults. The cruise will kick off with the world premiere of the short film, “We Started with an Old Shoebox”, a world tour of LGBT archives and historians saving our history.
Filmmakers on board will be presenting some of the most significant archival based films ever produced, including Stu Maddux‘s REEL IN THE CLOSET.
Producers Greta SchillerRobert Rosenberg, & John Scagliotti presenting the remastered classic film BEFORE STONEWALL in time to celebrate the 50th anniversaryof the Stonewall riots. BEFORE STONEWALL won an Emmy Award in 1987 for its pioneering archival work. 

 

 

Sam Berliner, the director of Seattle’s Translations Transgender Film Festival, will curate a collection of transgender themed short films that will make use of newly discovered archival material.

In addition to these important screenings, there will be panelists exploring how LGBT archivesfilmmakers, and the public have been working to save LGBT history and to make that history available for film and television.
Join us for this important cruise and be a part of saving LGBT history, while enjoying opening and closing cocktail parties with these many wonderful archivists and filmmakers, as well as group dinners where you can learn more about how you can be a part of the saving history project. For each cabin booked, we will be donating $100 to the invited non-profit of your choice. Details below.

Click on one of the non-profit links or images below to learn more.

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Saving History 2018 Cruise

Saving History: LGBT Archives, Filmmakers, and their Public Working Together

Join us for this special cruise on the Royal Caribbean Allure of the Seas from February 25 – March 4, 2018, cruising the Western Caribbean from Ft Lauderdale.
Our programming includes:
Archival reps from San Francisco’s GLBT Historical Society, University of Southern California’s ONE Institute, The Stonewall National Museum & Archives, & UCLA’s Legacy Special Collection of the In The Life television series, who will all show you some of the treasures they have in their vaults. The cruise will kick off with the world premiere of the short film, “We Started with an Old Shoebox”, a world tour of LGBT archives and historians saving our history.
Filmmakers on board will be presenting some of the most significant archival based films ever produced, including Stu Maddux‘s REEL IN THE CLOSET.
Producers Greta SchillerRobert Rosenberg, & John Scagliotti presenting the remastered classic film BEFORE STONEWALL in time to celebrate the 50th anniversaryof the Stonewall riots. BEFORE STONEWALL won an Emmy Award in 1987 for its pioneering archival work. 
Sam Berliner, the director of Seattle’s Translations Transgender Film Festival, will curate a collection of transgender themed short films that will make use of newly discovered archival material.
In addition to these important screenings, there will be panelists exploring how LGBT archivesfilmmakers, and the public have been working to save LGBT history and to make that history available for film and television.
Join us for this important cruise and be a part of saving LGBT history, while enjoying opening and closing cocktail parties with these many wonderful archivists and filmmakers, as well as group dinners where you can learn more about how you can be a part of the saving history project. For each cabin booked, we will be donating $100 to the invited non-profit of your choice. Details below.

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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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