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Pride of the Ocean Lives Out Loud

Adding to the Sports and International programs of Pride of the Ocean’s Western Caribbean cruise is our Live Out Loud program, which tells a tapestry of stories, both documentary and fiction, both gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered, of people making the choice to live life to its fullest, sometimes under adverse circumstances.

Leading off the program is a delightful short film where a surprise visit, a bumbling bestie, and many years of tight-lipped deception cause EVERYONE’S ish to hit the fan. The chaos caused in this comedy of errors is full of sexy moments and tons of laughter. Secrets and Toys will warm your heart as you root for the lovers to make it through the storm.
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Starring Dalila Ali Rajah (Cherry Bomb, Grey’s Anatomy, New Girl), Shelli Boone (Saints and Sinners, Entourage), Diane Sellers (Rules of Engagement, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia), Darryl Stephens (Noah’s Arc, Hot Guys with Guns), Doug Spearman (Noah’s Arc, Old Dogs & New Tricks), Jill Bennett (Second Shot, Dante’s Cove), Marc Samuel (General Hospital, Hot Guys with Guns), and Jason Stuart (Big Gay Love, Coffee Date).

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In Cynthia Lubow’s latest film, Masculine and Pregnant: Transcending Gender, a diverse group of masculine-of-center identified people speak to their experiences of gender expression, gender identity, attractions, parents, partners, pregnancy, breastfeeding, conflicts, parenting and hopes for the future through the lens of carrying a baby in their bodies. The film seeks to confront many assumptions about gender that limit understanding of gender, such as the assumption that there are only two genders, that only men have facial hair, that non-binary gender implies anything about sexual preference, that gender is static, that body shape determines gender, and that male identity and pregnancy are incompatible or incomprehensible.

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“What would you do if you expected to die?”, Michelle Wood asks us. Taking you on a sensory odyssey, “AND COUNTING” invites you to hear and visualize one man’s journey of living longer than he ever imagined possible with HIV.

 

We’d love to have you join us for Pride of the Ocean’s Live Out Loud program, and while on-line registration for this cruise has ended, cabins may still be available.

For available options, please call Geisha Cumberbatch at (703) 389-4617, or email Geisha at g.cumberbatch@cruiseone.com.

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Cock N’ Bull

Only 7 days left to explore, “What cures heartbreak?” with Nathan AdloffNathanAdloff

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.”

NateMargaretBannerNoMargin“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.

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

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Ewan Duarte

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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“Spiral Transition” Film Still

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
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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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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.

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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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Toast Our History at an Exclusive Cocktail Party Celebrating Lesbian Pioneers

Join us in the Spice H2O Lounge on The Norwegian Breakaway as we pass the Statue of Liberty and raise our glasses to the many lesbian pioneers who were instrumental in creating the advances in LGBT rights that so many of us enjoy today.

SpiceH20Night-640pxPride of the Ocean is about much more than the films we show. Pride of the Ocean is about the ideas, people, events, and transformations that you’ll experience as part of our cruise. Here are some of the women that you’ll see being celebrated on our 45th Anniversary of Stonewall cruise from New York to Bermuda June 1-8, 2014. Click here to learn more about this cruise.

“I’d been working it, looking for ways to die without active suicide, passive suicide–the solution of the working class–liquor and fast cars and brutal women.”

Dorothy Allison

writer, poet, novelist

    is an American writer, speaker, and member of the Fellowship of Southern Writers. Her writing includes themes of class struggle, sexual abuse, child abuse, feminism and lesbianism. Allison’s first novel, the semi-autobiographical Bastard Out of Carolina, was published in 1992 and was one of five finalists for the 1992 National Book Award.
    “He wanted a gay and lesbian youth prom. And it was like guys and guys, and girls and girls.”

    Coya White Hat-Artichoker

    author, activist

      is a proud enrolled member of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe. Coya has been working doing activist work in various communities and movements since the age of 15. She is a founding member of the First Nations Two Spirit Collective; they are a Collective working to building a stronger political presence for Two Spirit people.
      “sitting at that table, being shredded by these horrific members of Congress that were throwing me like red meat to the right wing, it made me want to get married.”

      Elizabeth Birch

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        is an American attorney and former corporate executive who chaired the board of directors of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force from 1992-1994. She served as the Executive Director of the Human Rights Campaign, the nation’s largest LGBT organization, from January 1995 until January 2004.

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        Assume Spooning Position on Pride of the Ocean

        Chessie Award Winning Film Joins Bermuda Pride Cruise
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        “Assume Spooning Position!” is the memorable catchphrase of Drowsy’s SmartBed (left), the animated antagonist in the film “Spooners”. If you haven’t seen this award winning comedy, you’re in for a treat. In 2013, the film won The Seattle International Film Festival’s Golden Space Needle award for best short film and CineSLAM’s prestigious Chessie Award for best film. The Chessie Award sponsors the winning filmmaker on an upcoming Pride of the Ocean cruise.

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        Bryan Horch, who directed “Spooners” with Assistant Director Elizabeth Ellis (right), will be aboard Pride of the Ocean’s June Pride cruise from New York to Bermuda June 1-8, 2014 to screen “Spooners”, as well as talk about his upcoming projects.

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        A New England native, Bryan memorably used local actors and local businesses to create the unique look and feel of “Spooners”, which made it a favorite at the New England based CineSLAM Film Festival, where many audience members recognized people and places in the film. The two lead actors, Ben Lerman and Walter Replogle (left), have a winning onscreen chemistry as the film’s married couple shopping for a new mattress. ChessieAwardHeader

         

         

         

        “Spooners” is still playing the film festival circuit, so if you missed this hilarious film when it came to your town, why not see it on Pride of the Ocean with us, while you cruise to tropical Bermuda in the company of great people, great films, and great food?

        It’s all fabulous on Pride of the Ocean!

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        Vic Basile to be Honored on Pride of the Ocean’s Bermuda Cruise

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        Vic Basile

        Vic Basile, Executive Producer of the film, “After Stonewall” and co-founder of the Human Rights Campaign and the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund, will be awarded in a ceremony on Pride of the Ocean’s 5th cruise from New York to Bermuda on June 1-8, 2014. He will be Pride of the Ocean’s 3rd Body of Work Award recipient. “Vic is the perfect choice for our film festival taking place on the 45th anniversary of Stonewall.” said John Scagliotti, Pride of the Ocean’s Program Director, “Certainly with our theme of ‘Films That Made a Difference’, Vic has made a difference in the world through his film work.”

        Vic Basile (2nd from left) at The Capitol Building in 1981

        Vic Basile (2nd from left)
        The Capitol Building 1981

        Besides being a major influence in film, Vic is also being recognized for his many years as a pioneering LGBT activist. He became the first Executive Director of the Human Rights Campaign Fund in 1983 and subsequently co-founded the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund, the largest US LGBT political action committee. There are now more than 700 LGBT elected officials in the United States, largely thanks in part to the efforts of the Victory Fund.

        Vic’s work in film and television also includes his role as Executive Producer of “Stonewall 25: Global Voices of Pride and Protest” an hour-long television special produced for the 25th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots. Vic was also instrumental in saving the “In The Life” Public Television series back in 1994 by single handedly bringing the show back into solvency, allowing it to continue for 17 more years on PBS.

        Under President Obama, Vic became Counselor to openly gay Director of the Office of Personnel Management, John Berry, and was responsible for overseeing the implementation of LGBT reforms across the Federal Government.

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        Activists Barbara Gittings and Kay Tobin Lahusen
        from the film “After Stonewall” (credit Wayne Marquardt)

         

        The award winning 1999 film, “After Stonewall: From the Stonewall Riots to the Millennium”, will be screened before the Body of Work awards presentation in the Manhattan Room on board the Norwegian Breakaway on June 7, 2014.

         

         

         

        2013 Body of Work Award given to Andrea Meyerson by Susi Walsh and John Scagliotti

        2013 Body of Work Award given to Andrea Meyerson
        by Susi Walsh and John Scagliotti

         

        Previous Body of Work Award honorees have included award winning director, writer, and actor Casper Andreas, and Director/Producer Andrea Meyerson, best known for her award winning 2012 documentary “I Stand Corrected” and her “Laughing Matters” series of films.

         

         

        How you can honor Vic’s contribution to the LGBT community: For each person reserving a cabin with the promotional code VIC2014, a contribution of $75 will be made to the Human Rights Campaign Foundation, and each person will receive a $75 cabin discount. Click here to learn more about our Bermuda Pride cruise.

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        The Ryan & Amy Show to Headline 5th Anniversary Cruise

        The Ryan and Amy Show, featuring comedians and filmmakers Ryan Steele and Amy Goodmurphy, will be the Centerpiece Event on the Pride of the Ocean LGBT Film Festival’s Fifth Anniversary Cruise, sailing from New York City to Bermuda on the Norwegian Breakaway to kick off Gay Pride Month in June 2014.

        “The Ryan and Amy Show will complement the Pride of the Ocean programming perfectly,” said John Scagliotti, Emmy Award-winning filmmaker and Programming Director of the film festival. “Our cruises are a blend of stimulating independent films and the enjoyment and relaxation you want on a vacation. Ryan and Amy will enhance your experience of both.” Supporters of the Ryan and Amy Show are eligible for a $75 per person discount when they use the promotional code RYAN14 when booking a cabin. Click here to see available options.

        A Vancouver-based sketch comedy duo, Steele and Goodmurphy have been performing live sketch shows and making comedy videos for six years. Steele’s short film work garnered him a spot on the 2013 Pride of the Ocean cruise, where his quirky and unpredictable comedy was a huge success. Below is an example of their work.

        Ryan Steele and Amy Goodmurphy

        Ryan Steele and Amy Goodmurphy

        While Pride of the Ocean has always featured live entertainment at the closing party, this is the first time live performance has been scheduled along with films as the primary entertainment of the cruise. “Seeing Ryan’s work this year onboard brought a lot of excitement for having Ryan and Amy live next year,” said John Scagliotti. “We were delighted that our passengers were so enthusiastic about our upcoming cruises!”

        The fifth anniversary cruise of Pride of the Ocean coincides with the 45th anniversary of the Stonewall riots in New York, and the theme of the cruise is “Seneca Falls, Selma, Stonewall: Films that Made a Difference.” The cruise will sail June 1 and return June 8, 2014 and feature a variety of independent LGBT films and filmmakers.

        This cruise is joined by 2 other cruises in 2014, for an unparalleled 3 Pride of the Ocean cruises in 2014. To learn more about all 3 cruises, please click here.

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