Social Resistance is a Dish Best Served Funny

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Congratulations to Danny Tayara, who was recently named Festival Director for TWIST: Seattle Queer Film Festival. Danny is pictured above center with Pride of the Ocean filmmaker, Sam Berliner. Sam was named full-time Senior Programmer with Three Dollar Bill Cinema. Congratulations to them both!

 

Danny can be seen at left preparing for Pride of the Ocean’s 10th Anniversary Western Caribbean Cruise, by getting into an appropriately tropical frame of mind. Danny will be screening the film OH, I GET IT, which tells the story of how Seattle-based queer comedians are changing comedy using their own brand of humor, proving that social change is best served funny.

 

Danny Tayara is a filmmaker and animator in Seattle, WA. Past projects include a behind-the-scenes featurette for LUCKY THEM, and 2012 short film WHILE WE’RE ASLEEP. Danny’s career as a filmmaker began at Reel Queer Youth video production training for LGBTQ youth and allies, and has evolved to now managing the program.

 

Click on the image below to watch the trailer for the film, then check out the Upcoming Cruises link above to learn how you can meet  Danny on our next cruise.

 

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After the Inauguration, Time to Reinvent the Wheel and the Reel

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Michael Gorlick brought his first film, COMING OUT: A REVOLUTIONARY ACT, to Pride of the Ocean’s 2014 Bermuda cruise. Also on that cruise was fellow Pride of the Ocean filmmaker, Casper Andreas, who was screening his film, A LAST FAREWELL.

Not the first and hopefully not the last time a film has emerged from two people meeting for the first time on Pride of the Ocean, Michael and Casper went on to collaborate on Michael’s next film, REINVENTING THE REEL, in which Casper appears. The film went on to screen at The Cannes Film Festival, where Casper (left) and Michael (right), are shown in the above photograph.

According to the Contact Hypothesis Theory, the more times a viewer sees/interacts with a minority in film (preferably in varied depictions), the less prejudice they will have towards that group. In light of the election, impending inauguration and legislation, it is more important than ever to embrace this theory.

 

REINVENTING THE REEL is a documentary short about contemporary independent film-makers’ attempts to change the portrayal of LGBT characters in film. The film begins with a historical perspective of the big-studio Hollywood treatment of LGBT characters, shows how that portrayal has changed, and why it is important that it continues to change. The documentary follows the journey of Casper Andreas, an American independent film-maker, as he directs and produces KISS ME, KILL ME a murder-mystery feature film about a group of characters in West Hollywood who happen to identify as LGBT.

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Click here or on the image below to watch the trailer for the film, then check out the Upcoming Cruises link above to learn how you can meet Michael on our Eastern Caribbean cruise.

 

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Escape the Election, the Country and the Planet with a Codependent Lesbian Space Alien

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On the very first Pride of the Ocean cruise, Madeleine Olnek workshopped scenes from her award-winning film, CODEPENDENT LESBIAN SPACE ALIEN SEEKS SAME, which went on to premiere at the Sundance Film Festival.

 

On the auspicious night of June 24, 2011, the film played at the Rooftop Film Festival in New York City. When Madeleine took the stage for the Q&A session following the film, she announced to the audience that Gay Marriage Equality had just been passed in New York State.

 

To celebrate Pride of the Ocean’s 10th anniversary and its longstanding tradition of being an incubator for new films, Madeleine returns to Pride of the Ocean for a reunion screening of the full CODEPENDENT LESBIAN SPACE ALIEN SEEKS SAME film. Always a crowd pleaser, you won’t want to miss the fun on Pride of the Ocean’s 10th anniversary cruise March 4-12, 2017.

 

Click here or on the image below to watch the trailer for the film, then check out the Upcoming Cruises link above to learn how you can meet Madeleine on our next cruise.

 

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Is the Changing Cultural Zeitgeist Affecting Gender Identity Politics?

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Debra A. Wilson made her national debut with her award-winning film BUTCH MYSTIQUE, exploring the lives of butch identified black lesbians, and screening in over 30 film festivals worldwide since its premiere in 2004.

BEYOND THE BUTCH MYSTIQUE
is a work-in-progress follow up to that film and which reconnects with 5 individuals from the original film. Two of the then butch identified women now identify as transgender men.

 

The state of gender identity has evolved over the years but not without some conflict between transgender men and butch identified lesbians who feel pressure to identify as men, or assume the transgender label.

 

You can see a sample cut of BEYOND THE BUTCH MYSTIQUE on Pride of the Ocean’s 10th anniversary cruise March 4-12, 2017.

 

Click on the image below to watch the trailer for the film, then check out the Upcoming Cruises link above to learn how you can meet  Debra on our next cruise.

 

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Fat-Shaming Isn’t Just for Reality Show Hosts and Politicians Anymore

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NO FATS, NO FEMMES is a feature length documentary by Jamal T. Lewis about desire, body image, and sexual racism. The film critically engages the phrase “no fats, no femmes,” which is popularly used on queer social networking & dating sites to describe one’s dating preferences.

 

Jamal T. Lewis is a multidisciplinary artist, cultural worker and writer living in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn, New York, hailing from Atlanta, Georgia.

 

You can see the short based on the full documentary, which is in production, on Pride of the Ocean’s 10th anniversary cruise March 4-12, 2017.

 

Click on the image below to watch the trailer for the film, then check out the Upcoming Cruises link above to learn how you can spend time with the amazing Jamal on our next cruise

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“Darling, I want my gay rights now!” And forever.

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“Darling, I want my gay rights now!” the famous 1969 rallying cry by transgender activist Marsha P. Johnson, as depicted in the film, AFTER STONEWALL, resonates today as those rights are in danger of being taken away from us in light of recent events.

As society continues to grapple with issues of transgender acceptance and understanding, Mark Saxenmeyer’s film, THE QUEENS takes viewers out of the politics and onto the stage with an exclusive look inside the U.S.’ most prestigious, longest-running female impersonator beauty pageant. THE QUEENS humanizes and demystifies this group of primarily transgender individuals who are often misunderstood; they’re a determined and creative group who recognize the power of showcasing their talent and imagination.

Mark Saxenmeyer, brings his acclaimed film THE QUEENS to Pride of the Ocean’s 10th anniversary cruise March 4-12, 2017.

Click on the image below to watch the trailer for the film, then check out the Upcoming Cruises link above to learn how you can meet  Mark on our Eastern Caribbean cruise

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Is There a Voice for Marginalized US Citizens, such as the Poor, LGBT and People of Color?

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A former VP of Operations for a global independent film distribution company, Kelly A. Burkhardt has dedicated 13 years of her career distributing award-winning, notable and provocative LGBT films. She brings her most recent film, The Gloria Project to Pride of the Ocean’s 10th anniversary cruise March 4-12, 2017.

“The Gloria! Project” is a thought-provoking feature-length documentary about the life and legacy of transformative, outspoken civil rights leader and Latina lesbian Gloria Casarez.

A returning Pride of the Ocean filmmaker, Kelly worked with Nathan Adloff as a producer on his film MILES, which he will also be bringing with him on our 10th anniversary cruise

Click here or on the image below to watch the trailer for the film, then check out the Upcoming Cruises link above to learn how you can meet  Kelly on our Eastern Caribbean cruise

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LGBT History & Rights Vanishing Right Before Your Eyes? Who You Gonna Call?

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Join us as we welcome writer & director Stu Maddux, who will be bringing his new web series QUEER GHOST HUNTERS to Pride of the Ocean’s 10th anniversary cruise March 4-12, 2017.

Sadly enough, throughout history our LGBTQ community members were incarcerated in jails and prisons, committed to asylums and were employed in theaters and opera houses. So why don’t ghosthunters ever seem to find any queer ghosts?!!

Join us as acclaimed Director Stu Maddux and Stonewall Columbus take you on a haunting and very, very queer adventure!

Why do they do it? Click here or on the image below to watch a featurette that explains it all, then read on to learn how you can meet Stu on our Eastern Caribbean cruise.

Stu is a multi-award winning filmmaker with international credits whose many goals include strengthening the queer community by bringing together its different generations.His films include GEN SILENT the widely used documentary about Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender older people hiding their lives to survive discrimination, bullying and abuse.His first documentary as an independent filmmaker was the critically-acclaimed BOB AND JACK’S 52-YEAR ADVENTURE, about an Army sergeant who began an affair with his commanding officer in 1952. The two men came out to the troops in their unit and are still together a half-century later.

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Can a Muslim Girl and a Jewish Pianist Find Friendship Together?

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Join us as we welcome writer, producer, and actor  Ari Rossen, who will be bringing his acclaimed film SOUND/VISIONto Pride of the Ocean’s 10th anniversary cruise March 4-12, 2017.

Lost in an unfamiliar world, a quiet Muslim girl meets a disillusioned Jewish pianist (played by Rossen), and discovers her musical genius through their unexpected friendship.

At its core, SOUND/VISION tells a story about people struggling with identity and overcoming adversity through the power of music.

Click here or on the image below to watch the trailer for the film, then read on to learn how you can meet  Ari  while cruising the Western Caribbean, or skip ahead by visiting our website.

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When he’s not creating, Ari can be found tickling the ivories wherever there is a piano nearby, and shaking a tail feather on pretty much any dance floor, so he’ll be a great friend to have on a cruise ship. Ari currently lives and works in Hell’s Kitchen, a vibrant New York City neighborhood with a storied past and an ever-changing future.

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Invitation to Meet Author Carl Strehlke in Florence to Announce Raffle Winners

 

 

Have lunch in Florence with Author Carl Strehlke 

 
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Carl Strehlke & John Scagliotti Touring Florence

 

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The Doni Tondo by Michelangelo

 

 

Following Pride of the Ocean’s guided tour of the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, where we will be viewing The Doni Tondo (right), believed to be the only existing panel picture Michelangelo painted without the aid of assistants, we will be joined by Carl Strehlke, author of the book, “The Bernard and Mary Berenson Collection of European Paintings at I Tatti”

 

The Bernard and Mary Berenson Collection of European Paintings at I Tatti

 

 

Carl will be autographing a copy of his book, a survey of the 149 paintings collected by the Berensons prior to their donation of the collection and residence as the Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies. The book will be presented by Carl to a lucky winner previously drawn at a raffle following the Before Homosexuals screening.

Researching Michelangelo's Same Sex Love Sonnets at Casa Buonnaroti

Researching Michelangelo’s Same Sex Love Sonnets at Casa Buonnaroti

Carl Strehlke appears in Before Homosexuals, the upcoming documentary film about gay and lesbian history from 2000 BC until 1900 AD, which will be screened on Pride of the Ocean as a work in progress sneak peek screening.

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Michelangelo same-sex love sonnet

 

 

 

 

 

Carl is alongside the film’s director, John Scagliotti (above), as they research the love sonnets, madrigals, and quatrains (right) that Michelangelo wrote to his male lover Tommaso dei Cavalieri, and which were concealed for 200 years by Michelangelo’s nephew, who changed the gender pronouns in the poetry to female. This is but one of the fascinating stories told in the film.
Click to Learn More About BEFORE HOMOSEXUALS (http://www.beforehomosexuals.com)

 

 

 

 

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