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Saving Our History

with “Brother Outsider”

buttonCo-director Bennett Singer will lead a seminar on the importance of finding, saving, and incorporating archival material into film and film archives, using the making of the film he co-directed with Nancy Kates, “Brother Outsider: The Life of Bayard Rustin” as a real-world example of saving African American LGBT history. The seminar will appropriately be taking place on Pride of the Ocean’s, “Selma, Seneca Falls and Stonewall: Films That Made a Difference” cruise June 1-8, 2014 from New York to Bermuda, “Brother Outsider” being a film that made and continues to make a difference.

Long before Martin Luther King, Jr. became a national figure, Bayard Rustin routinely put his body and his life on the line as a crusader for racial justice.  He was openly gay during the fiercely homophobic era of the 40s and 50s; as a result, he was frequently shunned by the very civil rights movement he helped create.

Brother Outsider

Though he had to overcome the stereotypes associated with being an illegitimate son, an African American, a gay man and a one-time member of the Communist Party, Rustin the ultimate outsider eventually became a public figure and respected political insider. He not only shaped civil rights movement strategy as a longtime advisor to Martin Luther King, Jr., but was known and respected by numerous U.S. Presidents and foreign leaders.

Your joining this cruise helps support filmmakers maintain their work by creating works that save LGBT history, including the precious archival materials that make up our  LGBT African American experience. Click here to book your cabin on Pride of the Ocean.

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“Kill Your Darlings” Writer to Screen Documentary on Pride of the Ocean

Austin Bunn, who co-wrote the script for the Daniel Radcliffe film about a murder in 1944 that draws together the great poets of the beat generation: Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac and William Burroughs, will be joined by his cinematographer, editor, and partner, Bob Hazen, where they will be screening their latest documentary, “Lavender Hill: A Love Story” on Pride of the Ocean’s New York to Bermuda Pride Cruise June 1-8, 2014.

Daniel Radcliffe as Allen Ginsberg and Dane DeHaan as Lucien Carr in "Kill Your Darlings"

Daniel Radcliffe as Allen Ginsberg and Dane DeHaan as Lucien Carr in “Kill Your Darlings”

In 1973, a motley group of young writers, artists, political activists, and recent college graduates purchased over 80 acres of land outside West Danby, New York to build, with their own hands, a two story home that became Lavender Hill

The Lavender Hill Commune, circa 1974

The Lavender Hill Commune, circa 1974

Austin Bunn (center) with director John Krokidas and actor Daniel Radcliffe

Austin Bunn (center) with director John Krokidas
and actor Daniel Radcliffe

Funded, in part, by the Cornell Council for the Arts, “Lavender Hill: A Love Story” uses rare archival 8mm film and interviews with former commune members and gay and lesbian activists and historians to tell the story of the origins and history of one of the few gay and lesbian communes.

“Austin and Bob’s film is perfect for our theme about the 45th anniversary of Stonewall. Gay communes were an important part of our later advancements for LGBT rights. Even I got my feet wet living at the Unicorn News Gay Commune in DC during the early 70’s, along with Dancing Bear, Andy Kupcake, Ellen Strawberry and Michael Bumblebee.”, said John Scagliotti, Pride of the Ocean’s Program Director.

 

Austin graduated from Yale and The Iowa Writers’ Workshop and is now an assistant professor in Cornell University’s department of Performing and Media Arts.

Click here to learn more about the cruise and to see available options for joining Austin on this trip to Bermuda.

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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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WOAR Women Filling Up Cabins on Pride of the Ocean

Including Chef Lisa Schwab–the maker of “The best Chicken Piccata…EVER!”

Chef Lisa Schwab, owner of Cantalini’s Salerno Beach Restaurant, encourages her fellow “Women on a Roll” to follow her lead to the rolling waves of the north Pacific this August, with the Pride of the Ocean Film Festival.  Join her and the other women of WOAR in toasting this year’s Body of Work Honoree, the dynamic Andrea Meyerson – founder of the active social organization for lesbians.

Andrea Meyerson (center) at WOAR promotion for Pride of the Ocean

Andrea Meyerson (center) at WOAR promotion for Pride of the Ocean

— so much so that she is making time for her first vacation in many years to be on the Norwegian Pearl with the other women of WOAR to celebrate Andrea!

Chef Schwab’s traditional Italian cuisine restaurant – always receiving rave reviews from fans of authentic Italian – won another devotee when Cantalini’s catered the WOAR Holiday Party last December, sponsored by Pride of the Ocean.  Our Program Director, John Scagliotti, pronounced her dish “the best Chicken Piccata… EVER!”

From a start as a women’s cycling group in 1995, Women on a Roll quickly grew in popularity and numbers over the years to offer women a wide range of social, sporting, cultural and travel opportunities. Now over 10,000 members (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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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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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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