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Hawaii wins Equality, Kumu Hina’s great speech

Pride of the Ocean Hawaii Cruise
We are so pleased to be presenting Joe Wilson and Dean Hamer’s new film KUMU HINA on our 6th Pride of the Ocean film Festival (National Coming Out Day in Hawaii, Oct 11 -18, 2014).  Take a look at this victory video with Kumu Hina and others taking to the streets and making change happen in Hawaii.  We, at Proud of the Ocean, are so looking forward to being part of this Aloha spirit come next fall.

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Pride of the Ocean Doubles in Size for 2013

The fourth Pride of the Ocean LGBT Film Festival sails for Glacier Bay, Alaska, in August with over twice as many passengers as the preceding third cruise. On board the Norwegian Pearl luxury cruise ship, the film festival will host groundbreaking film screenings, seminars, workshops and a wide variety of filmmakers and special guests.

Group MontageOnly a Few Cabins Remain on the only LGBT Film Festival at Sea

Anticipating the leap in size this year, Program Director John Scagliotti and Cruise Director Jim Pollin planned for more cabins to be available for the expanding audience of 2013.

James Pollin“Our cruise has leaped in size every year,” states Pollin, “and this year we knew we would see another burst of interest for our first West Coast departure.”

“We are delighted that our growth even surpassed our expectations.”

As the passenger list expanded, Pollin ensured the group had the space they needed. “Interest has been so high, the railroad car reserved for the group shore excursion in Skagway on the White Pass Railroad sold out. We quickly added another car, and that (more…)

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Where are they now?

Pride of the Ocean Alumni

Pride of the Ocean PassengersSince 2009, smart and engaging people like you have been coming to Pride of the Ocean for the unique experience of enjoying an ocean cruise and a film festival together. Past passengers have included everyone from cruise aficionados, to film enthusiasts, to people who simply like to travel, but it has been getting to meet and know our aspiring young filmmakers that has been one of the main attractions over the past three years, and into our fourth. As George Gene Gustines said in his New York Times article, “The true delight of the trip was…the friends we made.” Come meet some of those friends, many of which you could meet on our 2013 Alaska cruise, as we look back on some of our past young aspiring filmmakers and ask, “Where are they now?”

Pride of the Ocean’s CineSLAM has taken on an entirely new inspiring landscape by heading out to sea – offering a full retreat with special guests, seminars, panels, industry knowledge… and of course the all-important CineSLAM Film Slam workshops.  The Film Slam Seminars provide an opportunity for emerging filmmakers to workshop their projects in focused, peer-driven critique sessions.  Susi Walsh, Executive Director of the Center for Independent Documentary, which sponsors the workshops, facilitates on board the ship.  Creating this world outside of the everyday, for filmmakers to concentrate on their art, has succeeded in allowing the work to flourish, and the talent has indeed bloomed.

Take a walk with us through the garden of successful careers, and meet some of our past CineSLAM participants and see where have their paths led.

Cheryl Furjanic

Cheryl Furjanic

Yoruba Richen

Yoruba Richen

Two alums – Cheryl Furjanic and Yoruba Richen – will join us on Pride of the Ocean 2013 in August. Cheryl continues in the world of water, her award-winning Sync or Swim documentary of an Olympic-hopeful synchronized swimming team giving way to BACK ON BOARD, the story of Greg Louganis. Yoruba is bringing to the Norwegian Pearl her completed and much-anticipated documentary THE NEW BLACK, chronicling (more…)

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Sneak Preview of Susan Sontag HBO Documentary to Screen on Pride of the Ocean

Regarding Susan Sontag

Sailing with us? You’ll get the sneak preview of the new film Regarding Susan Sontag, even before it is seen on HBO.Susan Sontag
On Monday morning programming at sea, Producer/Director Nancy Kates will present her full-length documentary on the cultural icon, followed by a look at the role of the producer, in the seminar To Produce or Not to Produce?

Nancy KatesNancy began winning awards for her films in 1995 when her master’s thesis, Their Own Vietnam, for Stanford University’s film program, won a Student Academy Award“ and she hasn’t stopped since! She continues to accumulate accolades, from film festivals around the country and the world, as well as organizations such as GLAAD and the International Documentary Association.

She is perhaps best known for (more…)

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Alaska with an expert…

Traveling by cruise ship is always enhanced by quality shore excursions, giving travelers a feel for the ports of call. While the films, filmmakers and other honored guests are no doubt driving your interest in Pride of the Ocean, we know our destination is also a powerful draw – Juneau, Skagway, Ketchikan, Victoria… and of course, the magnificent Glacier Bay.PostcardsNo one knows the importance of the shore excursion like your fellow passenger, award-winning writer Randall Shirley, one of North America’s busiest freelance travel journalists! Over the next few weeks, travel to Randall’s blog and read his recommendations on shore excursions that will apply to many Alaska cruises. A Vancouver native who honeymooned in Alaska, he certainly knows the territory.

Randall-Shirley-Postcard Randall has been in the journalism field for 20 years, including roles as editor and travel editor of three national Canadian gay magazines, and appearing on TV and radio as an expert in gay travel, cruise travel, and theatre travel. He frequently writes for publications such as Travel+Leisure, The Boston Globe, The Dallas Morning News, Canada’s Calgary Herald and Up! inflight magazine.

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Post-Supreme Court decision on Gay Marriage Discussion On Pride of the Ocean

This very month the Supreme Court of the United States will hear arguments on the future of marriage equality for same-sex couples – an unprecedented step in the forward march of LGBT rights. Married couples and marriage activists from all states can take to the seas while exploring the outcomes with one of the most recognized figures in the fight – activist Michael Crawford of Freedom to Marry, the Washington DC-based nonprofit leading the national campaign.

Michael Crawford

Michael Crawford, from Freedom to Marry
leads the discussion

By the time you set sail with us up the Pacific Northwest’s Inside Passage to Glacier Bay, watching our array of ground-breaking films, we will already know the Supreme Court’s conclusions. Decisions are due in June on the vital challenges both to California’s Proposition 8, banning same-sex marriage in that state, and to the constitutionality of the federal Defense of Marriage Act, prohibiting the federal government from recognizing same-sex marriage under federal laws.

Your Pride of the Ocean film festival will examine the outcomes of this historic event, through the lens of our artistic medium, by hosting a screening of the multiple award-winning film “I DO” followed by a special discussion led by Crawford.

“I DO” presents the story of a British (more…)

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Logo and ITVS join Pride of the Ocean

Christopher Willey, Head of East Coast Development and Production for Logo Television, has overseen projects including “The A-List”, “NewNowNext Awards”, “NewNowNext Vote Hosted by Wanda Sykes”, “Be Good Johnny Weir”, “Scandalicious”, “The Big Gay Sketch Show” and “Jeffery & Cole Casserole.”Willey Sommers James Sommers, Senior Vice President of Content for The Independent Television Service (ITVS), oversees the Content Strategy Team, also known as the “greenlight” team, which finalizes (more…)

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Second “Body of Work” honoree chosen: Andrea Meyerson!

Pride of the Ocean has chosen Andrea Meyerson for its 2013 Body of Work recipient. With over 25 documentaries and comedy specials to her credit, one of her films will be screened at the next festival, which sets sail from Seattle to Alaska in August 2013.

Join Andrea Meyerson for the next Pride of the Ocean cruise!

In congratulating Meyerson for her many years of powerful and hilarious films Pride of the Ocean festival programmer John Scagliotti applauded her “creative cinematic approach in presenting the many faces of the LGBT community.”

Scagliotti says, “Whether smartly exploring our complicated lives in comedy with your Laughing Matters films or your emphasis on capturing the magical details of a powerful human story in I Stand Corrected, it all adds up to a style full of grace and love for your subjects.”

Meyerson is well known for her four documentaries in the Laughing Matters series—Laughing Matters, Laughing Matters…More, Laughing Matters…The Men and Laughing Matters…Next Gen. In recent years she has also done many comedy specials for Showtime Networks and LOGO, including a documentary on comedienne Kate Clinton.

Her current documentary, I Stand Corrected is a departure from her focus on stand-up comedians. In this stirring film, Meyerson showcases the life and trials of Jennifer Leitham, a transgender upright bass player. It screened on Pride of the Ocean, where it won critical acclaim before picking up the Audience Award at OutFest in July. Since then, it has been receiving high praise and is slotted in many LGBT film festivals around the country.

The 1st Body of Work award went to Casper Andreas, the director of popular gay narrative films Going Down in La-La Land, Between Love & Goodbye, The Big Gay Musical, Violet Tendencies and A Four Letter Word.

Pride of the Ocean has invited Andrea to present one of her films on the next Pride of the Ocean cruise.

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(#1) from John on Alaska Cruise Site Visit

You must stay a day or two in Seattle

I am so glad I got a chance to spend some time in Seattle (our next embarkation city)  before heading off to my site visit on the Norwegian Pearl’s Alaska Cruise.  Michael Bradbury, the Pride of the Ocean Marketing guy, is from Seattle and gave me a little tour of the environs.  I am staying on Capitol Hill, which I am told is the “gay neighborhood,”  though I understand that there is no capitol on the hill. (go figure.)  Seattle seems to be very gay indeed. When doing my doc BEFORE STONEWALL we did an interview in Pioneer Square at a very old gay bar, the Double Header, which has been operating since 1934.  No, I was not the first patron!

Seattle was a major port city during World War II where many of those sailors and lady waves settled after getting back from the Pacific theater. So Seattle got a big leap on the rest of us and I believe, where the phrase, “Hey Sailor” was first used.

One of my first stops was Kerry Park.  This is the must go place to take that great picture with the Seattle skyline and the Space Needle in the background.  It is also where a lot of wedding pictures get shot.

Fabulous view to be had at Kerry Park

John with four bridesmaids, one more lovely than the other.

the bride checks out John’s threads

While straight folks can enjoy Kerry Park for their wedding photos, it seems gay folks are in a big fight here to have that opportunity… There are folks in Washington State that are trying to stop LGBT people from having the same rights as they have.  We’ve seen this before but maybe Washington will become the first state to adopt gay marriage by popular vote this fall when Referendum 74 passes. http://washingtonunitedformarriage.org/

Maybe we can help the folks in Seattle win this one!  You can donate to their campaign here…https://salsa3.salsalabs.com/o/50436/p/salsa/web/common/public/content?content_item_KEY=10090&track=home_bigbutton and perhaps by the time we all get to Seattle next August, we will see some gay wedding pictures at Kerry Park.

Next up:  my trip on the Washington Ferries…

 

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