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LetterToAnitaScreeningDear Friends, AndreaAs many of you may already know, our dear friend Andrea Meyerson is currently in post production on her latest documentary, CLAMBAKE. Andrea screened a work in progress unfinished rough cut of CLAMBAKE on Pride of the Ocean’s Western Caribbean Cruise this past March. The film offers an insightful, exciting, and humorous look into the 30-year history of Women’s Week in Provincetown, one of the largest lesbian destinations in the world. We have just found out that the film has been accepted into the prestigious Provincetown International Film Festival where it will have its world premiere! The festival takes place June 17-21, 2015. She is working diligently to complete it by the festival’s deadline, which is quickly approaching. woarheader Can’t make it to Provincetown in June? Would you like to support Andrea and her new film? How about Alaska in August? Andrea has graciously agreed to screen the finished CLAMBAKE film on Pride of the Ocean’s Alaska Cruise in August. Alaska has been Pride of the Ocean’s most popular destination to date, with many of Andrea’s WOMEN ON A ROLL members supporting her on the cruise. Andrea will also be joined by comedian Jennie McNulty, who not only appears in the film, but who will be giving an exclusive performance for Pride of the Ocean. As Andrea agrees, this is a tough road — making documentaries about our LGBTQ history and culture, but we feel it’s extremely important to document, preserve and share our important journey. It’s a blessing and a curse — but someone has to do it to ensure our rich LGBT history does not get lost or forgotten, and that generations to come will have a greater understanding and appreciation of the individuals and events that paved the way for them. Please click here or on the button below to learn more about Pride of the Ocean’s Alaska cruise.   Button

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Reaching Across the Gender Aisle

Alaska Festival Cruise Lineup Announced

What sets Pride of the Ocean apart from the all-male and all-female cruise ships? Pride of the Ocean is the only cruise where our gaylesbiantransgender and straight ally brothers and sisters can spend time together, enjoying  each other’s good company while sharing exciting destinations and inspired films that celebrate the masculinefeminine and full spectrum of gender expression between them.

Celebrating diversity of all shapes and sizes, below is  a partial selection of films for Pride of the Ocean’s Seattle to Alaska cruise on August 1-14, 2015. Please consider joining us, not only to see the films, but to meet, socialize and make new friendswhile experiencing the majesty of the Alaskan wilderness.

The true delight of the trip was… the friends we made on the cruise.
– George Gustines, The New York Times

 

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charlie is the story of a young man who suddenly can’t speak after leaving his abusive past behind him. Alone on Christmas EveCharlie stumbles upon a loving environment where perfect strangers accept him as one of their own. Starring Shawn Ryan(Bones), Jim O’ Heir (Parks and Recreation), Mo Collins (MADtv), and Golden Globe Nominee Andrea Marcovicci.

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Clambake

30 Years of Women’s Week in Provincetown

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Following the world premiere of her film Letter to Anita on Pride of the Ocean in 2014, Andrea Meyerson returns with an exclusive sneak peek of her unfinished work in progressClambake, which introduces us to the many funny ladies, such as comedians Kate ClintonSuzanne WestenhoeferVickie Shaw and the local Provincetown businesswomen who helped to create Women’s Week, the success of which paved the way for the numerous other summer festivals for which Provincetown is now famous.

Trans Lives Matter!

Justice for Islan Nettles

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Filmmaker Seyi Adebanjo tells the story of a community vigil for Islan Nettles, a murdered transgender Womyn of Color. During the vigil, her naturelifelove and oppression within the Queer community suddenly and sharply come into (more…)

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Pride of the Ocean Goes International

Pride of the Ocean continues to expand its focus beyond the shores of the United States and will be showcasing a series of films from around the world on its Western Caribbean cruise sailing from Miami to Cozumel, Grand Cayman, Ocho Rios, and Labadee on March 14-21, 2014.

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Arnaud Lalanne, a native of France, in his film “La Princesse de Lamour Damour” asks, “Can a princess fall in love with a prince and a princess?”PrincessHeathDaniels_175x175flag-usa-XLA man summons men from around the world in, “International Male” from Heath Daniels.HeathDaniels_InternationalMale_640x360flag-sweden-XLCarolineDrab_175x175Caroline Drab, from Sweden, brings us Hundvakten/The Dogwalker, about a man who shares memories with his neighbor’s dog of failed relationships and questions what life might have beenCarolineDrab-TheDogwalker_640x360DavidFardmar_175x175flag-sweden-XL

Swede, David Färdmar is developing a feature film based on his short film, “My Name is Love”, where Love and Sebastian meet each other by coincidence on a summer night in Sweden.DavidFardmar-MyNameIsLove_640x360flag-china-XLStevenLiangSet in his native Taiwan, Steven Liang’s latest film, “Coming Home” follows a well-behaved high-schooler who takes a road trip down a dangerous path with his rebellious, foreign boyfriend.Steven-Liang-Coming-Home_640x360

On-line Registration for this cruise has ended, but cabins may still be available.
For pricing and availability, please call Geisha Cumberbatch at (703) 389-4617, or email Geisha at g.cumberbatch@cruiseone.com.

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The Agony and Ecstasy: Sports & Films with an LGBT Arm Twist

Published Author and Filmmaker Added to Cruise Lineup

It’s hard to find females in leading roles as athletes, coaches and owners in sports film story lines. With an abundance of male-focused stories, Hollywood continues to reinforce the association of athleticism with masculinity. Viridiana Lieberman will be joining a panel discussion entitled, “The Agony and Ecstasy: Sports & Films with an LGBT Arm Twist”on Pride of the Ocean’s sports themed Western Caribbean cruise, from March 14-21, 2015.  The panel discussion will be moderated by Cheryl Furjanic, director of the recently released documentary film, “Back on Board: The Greg Louganis Story“.

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Cheryl Furjanic with John Scagliotti and Greg Louganis on Pride of the Ocean in 2013

In her 2014 book, “Sports Heroines on Film: A Critical Study of Cinematic Women Athletes, Coaches and Owners” Viridiana Lieberman, a former Pride of the Ocean filmmaker, discusses sports film heroines, beginning with National Velvet (1944) and ending with Secretariat (2010). Her book addresses the question of whether these story lines do or do not empower women as characters and role models, while offering alternative cinematic choices that reflect the true and ever-growing history of women in sports.

Viridiana Lieberman speaking on Pride of the Ocean in 2013

Viridiana Lieberman speaking on Pride of the Ocean in 2013

There are only 5 days remaining to join Cheryl and Viridiana in the Western Caribbean with ports of call in Miami, Grand Cayman, Ocho Rios, and Cozumel. Online reservations will close on December 15, 2014. Click here or on the button below to see available options.

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Feature Film World Premiere on Pride of the Ocean’s 5th Anniversary Cruise

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In 1977, Anita Bryant’s anti-gay campaign, the “Save Our Children” coalition was formed.

The next year, while living in Florida, Ronni Sanlo came out as a lesbian and five months later she lost custody of her two young children.

Ronni Sanlo will be in attendance on the ship when the film, “Letter to Anita” premieres on June 5, 2014, as will the film’s director, Andrea Meyerson.

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“Ronni has been such an example of courage in the face of adversity. I’m very excited to see the finished film after having seen the work in progress,” said John Scagliotti, Program Director for Pride of the Ocean.

While the registration period is closed for the 5th Anniversary cruise from New York to Bermuda on June 1-8, 2014, our cruise associate Geisha Cumberbatch has been able to pull a few strings and get people on board. She can be reached at (866) 432-0050, or you can click on the button below to learn more.

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Cock N’ Bull

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Nathan Adloff (Director/Co-Writer), perhaps best known for his feature film debut with “Nate & Margaret”, will be screening his latest film, “Cock N’ Bull” on Pride of the Ocean’s  45th anniversary of Stonewall cruise  June 1-8, 2014.

Roger Ebert commended “Nate and Margaret” as, “A smart, observant movie about two very particular people, and its casting is pitch-perfect.” The New York Times called the film “Fragile and simple in the best possible way.”

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April 1, 2014 is the deadline to reserve a cabin with a small deposit on our next cruise, where you can get to know Nathan in person, see “Cock N’ Bull”, and see if there is indeed a way to cure heartbreak. Click here or on the button below to learn more.

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Beyond The Mirror’s Gaze…

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Iris Moore is a Montreal based artist who is focused on painting, drawing and animation. In her animated film “Beyond The Mirror’s Gaze”, she explores the fantastical and surreal, with the intention of evoking the viewer’s sense of whimsy and wonder surrounding themes of gender.

Meet Iris at one of our group excursions, cocktail parties, or group dinners, because Pride of the Ocean is about much more than films. Only 7 days remaining to reserve your cabin! Click here or on the button below to see available options.

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Jared Leto? On Pride of the Ocean, Transgender People Represent Themselves On and Off the Screen

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Recently, Jared Leto was awarded the Oscar for his portrayal of the transgender character Rayon in the film, “Dallas Buyers Club”. While some felt that the character was a positive portrayal of a transgender hero, others felt that the portrayal was stereotypical and didn’t accurately represent the diversity found within the transgender community. Pride of the Ocean prides itself on selecting independent, original, and authentic personal stories by and about the LGBT community.

One such story that Pride of the Ocean has been closely following is that of Ewan Duarte, whose personal journey began with his 2010 documentary short, “Spiral Transition” about the filmmaker’s relationship with his mother and how it changes and evolves as he transitions genders.

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Ewan’s journey continues in his Master of Fine Arts thesis film, “Change Over Time”, an animated, experimental, personal documentary about the filmmaker’s first year on testosterone, told from an impressionistic and poetic perspective.

Moving into its 5th year, Pride of the Ocean proudly continues its history as a film festival that showcases transgender films and invites filmmakers; however, the one transgender voice that has been missing from Pride of the Ocean has been that of the transgender audience, so if you know a transgender person or are a transgender person yourself, we encourage you to consider joining Ewan and other transgender filmmakers in the safe inclusive space that we have created on Pride of the Ocean by clicking here or on the button below.ClickToLearnMoreButton

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Coming Out: A Revolutionary Act

While gays and lesbians in the large LGBT capitals of the world often see coming out as easy and sometimes not even necessary, the recent headlines in the news tell another story. For many people, coming out can be terrifying, dangerous, and even life threatening.Coming Out Michael Gorlick
Michael Gorlick, a graduate of Western University’s Media Program, came out to his friends and family on social media, using YouTube and hidden cameras to record the experience as part of his documentary film, while driving cross country from Vancouver to Toronto. Along the way, he shares his thoughts and feelings about coming out when he gets home and how/if he will be able to do so. He reflects on how things will change, if they even will, and his feelings of fear and hope.

In the film, “After Stonewall” Troy Perry, founder of the Metropolitan Community Church, remarked,

The most important thing I believe that gays and lesbians have done to change the world is to come out of the closet…that revolutionary act, for me, is the most important thing we’ve done in 30 years.

“Coming Out: A Revolutionary Act in the 21st Century” will have an exclusive screening on Pride of the Ocean’s cruise departing New York on June 1, 2014 in honor of the 45th Anniversary of Stonewall.

You can be one of the first people to see the film and to meet Michael in person, when you book your cabin on Pride of the Ocean. But Pride of the Ocean is much more than films. Click here to see all the cocktail parties, group dinners, live entertainment, and group excursions that are already lined up for the festival cruise.

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A Festival That Looks To The Future

Have a discussion with filmmakers before they premiere their films.

We are so pleased to see that one of our works-in-progress films, REGARDING SUSAN SONTAG, that was in the workshop program on our last Pride of the Ocean cruise in Alaska, will be having its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival next month. Five months ago, our Pride of the Ocean guests watched a sneak peek of the work-in-progress and talked with director Nancy Kates about her film and her creative process.

Did you know that many of the film premieres hitting the headlines were works in progress that screened on Pride of the Ocean? Below are some notable examples.

Get sneak peeks of upcoming films in different stages of development on our next Pride of the Ocean cruise from New York to Bermuda June 1-8, 2014.

Check out the films and filmmakers already scheduled to be on board at our films page and reserve your space with a small deposit to see the future of LGBT filmmaking before everyone else.
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Regarding Susan Sontag
Director: Nancy Kates
World Premiere: Tribeca Film Festival – April 2014
Work in Progress Screening on Pride of the Ocean – August 2013
Workshopped at KOPKIND / CID Filmmakers Retreat and Seminars – July 2007
Back on Board
Back on Board
Director: Cheryl Furjanic
Work in Progress Screening on Pride of the Ocean – August 2013
Workshopped on Pride of the Ocean – June 2012
The New Black
The New Black
Director: Yoruba Richen
World Premiere: LA Film Fest – June 2013
Screened on Pride of the Ocean – August 2013
Workshopped on Pride of the Ocean – June 2012
Codependent Lesbian Space Alien Seeks Same
Codependent Lesbian Space Alien Seeks Same
Director: Madeleine Olnek
World Premiere: Sundance Film Festival – January 2011
Workshopped at KOPKIND / CID Filmmakers Retreat & Seminars – July 2010

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