Dear Friends, As 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. 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.
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Dean Hamer is an American geneticist, author, and filmmaker. He is best known for his research on the genetics of human behavior, especially sexual orientation, and his critically acclaimed books and documentaries, such as his book The Science of Desire: The Search for the Gay Gene and the Biology of Behavior written over 20 years ago.
Entitled Nature versus Nurture, Pride of the Ocean will be hosting Dean’s talk aboard the Celebrity Solstice® as we cruise up Alaska’s famous Inside Passage, surrounded by the spectacular glaciers, mountains, and fjords of the Inuit, indigenous people of Alaska.
Passionate to address complex scientific and social issues that are often overlooked by the mainstream media, Dean turned to documentary filmmaking with his partner, Joe Wilson. Their first feature film was the critically acclaimed, Out in the Silence in 2005, and their current feature film about the indigenous people and customs of Hawaii, Kumu Hina, is screening all over the world, including on Pride of the Ocean’s 2014 Hawaiian Islands Cruise, where Dean screened the film with Joe (both pictured above. Photo credit: Kelly Burkhardt).
Dean will also be screening some rarely seen earlier work that he and Joe produced together, as well as discussing his journey from the world of genetics to the world of filmmaking, and what he finds rewarding about both. You won’t want to miss Dean’s inspiring talks, as well as the inspiring vistas of the Alaskan wilderness from the comfort of the Celebrity Solstice®.
Please click here or on the button below to learn more about the itinerary, excursions, and activities planned for August 7-14, 2015 when Pride of the Ocean sets sail from Seattle to Alaska. There are several significant discounts currently available on our pricing page, or our cruise associate, Geisha Cumberbatch would be happy to guide you if you give her a call at (703) 389-4617, or email Geisha with questions at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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“.
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.
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.
“A Last Farewell”
Wins Audience Award
Vermont Bear Film Festival
Casper Andreas’ film A LAST FAREWELL ((Ett Sista Farväl), won the audience PAW award at this year’s Vermont Bear Film Festival and was the big hit of the festival. Many in the audience told film festival director John Scagliotti how moved they were by Casper’s fine work. The prestigious PAW AWARD includes a cash award and an invitation to present the winning film on Pride of the Ocean’s next cruise. So you’ll be able to join film director Casper Andreas and Program Director John Scagliotti on Pride of the Ocean’s 6th anniversary film festival cruise which sails out of Honolulu on a round-trip tour of the Hawaiian Islands October 11-18, 2014. This seven day film festival cruise celebrates National Coming Out Day.
To celebrate A LAST FAREWELL’s recent win, Pride of the Ocean is giving you, the film’s supporters, an opportunity to join the film while experiencing the peerless majesty of the Hawaiian Islands on board Norwegian Cruise Lines’ Pride of America luxury cruise ship. Click here or on the button below to learn about the special discount that we’ve created just for you.
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.
“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.
Only 7 days left to explore, “What cures heartbreak?” with Nathan Adloff
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.”
“Cock N’ Bull” has screened in some of the top LGBT Film Festivals, including Outfest, Sidewalk’s SHOUT! and the Reeling Chicago LGBT International Film Festival. Nathan’s experimental film was shot in four hours without a script.
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.
An animated exploration of gender fluidity and falling in love.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
Director: Madeleine Olnek
World Premiere: Sundance Film Festival – January 2011
Workshopped at KOPKIND / CID Filmmakers Retreat & Seminars – July 2010