CLOUDBURST to Screen on Third Annual Pride of the Ocean Film Festival

CLOUDBURST, starring Olympia Dukakis and directed by Thom Fitzgerald, will be screening this June at our third annual film festival on the high seas!

“Olympia Dukakis and Brenda Fricker as Stella and Dot, an aging couple who escape from a nursing home in Maine and drive to Nova Scotia on a quest to be legally married. En route to Canada, they pick up a young hitchhiker, Prentice, played by newcomer Ryan Doucette. A small-town boy turned modern dancer, he is returning to Nova Scotia to visit his dying mother. Despite his bravado, Prentice is a confused and wounded soul who has much to learn from Stella and Dot as they wage their own unexpected battle – after three decades, can they keep their family together?”

Click here to see our 2012 Film Program.

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Filmmaker On Board | Lesli Klainberg

We are really pleased to note that Lesli Klainberg, from New York’s Newfest, who will be with us on the Celebrity Summit, has just taken on a major position in the film world. She has just been appointed managing director of the Film Society Lincoln Center. Lesli will be a panelist on the Q-Me-Con/CID Distribution Panel and will have a film shown in our “Filmmakers on Board: Special Screenings.” Below are two articles, one Variety and the other Indie Wire about Lesli’s new appointment.

Join Lesli on board with other film enthusiasts this June. Click here to learn more.

Variety article

Indie Wire article

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Filmmaker Spotlight: Body of Work on Pride of the Ocean

Casper Andreas Selected as First Filmmaker Spotlight

Announcing a new programming concept, “Filmmaker Spotlight: Body of Work.” We are very excited to announce that Casper Andreas will be our first featured filmmaker. And you get to vote which of his films we screen on Pride of the Ocean! Click here to vote. There is a trailer you can review on the page, with short highlights of each film. Join Casper on board the Celebrity Summit this June. Those who vote are eligible for a $150 discount on their cruise package.

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CineSLAM Film Slam Seminars | Kareem Mortimer

Continuing our filmmaker announcements for the 2012 CineSLAM Film Slam Seminars on board the Celebrity Summit, we introduce:

Kareem Mortimer

Kareem Mortimer

Kareem has made short music documentaries for the syndicated show Hip Hop Nation: Notes from the Underground; and has written and directed the short Narrative film Float that has won 5 international awards. Most recently he has completed a documentary version of I Am Not A Dummy, and the feature films Children Of God that has won 17 awards, and is currently airing on SHOWTIME and the family comedy Wind Jammers. Kareem currently has a slate of three films in development.

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Nancy Johnson to Represent PFLAG on Pride of the Ocean “Films With a Cause” Panel

Nancy Johnson from PFLAG, Oak Park Chapter, will be a panelist on “Films With a Cause” sponsored by the Center for Independent Documentary.

Creating Waves of Change: Films with a Cause

How do non-profits and NGO’s like PFLAG or Amnesty International use films and short web videos to spread their messages, build membership and conduct outreach for their mission? House parties? Block Parties? Center Movements? Video feeds at Occupy Everywhere?

Have you ever been motivated after watching a great film to take action? Are you looking for a way to get involved? Join top filmmakers and learn how you can make a difference through grassroots efforts to promote content for a cause, and how you can be part of active audience after the lights go up.

Nancy Johnson (right) and Susan Stryker (left) at screening of "Screaming Queens"

Nancy Johnson is a long-time member of Parents, Family and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) having joined not long after her son came out. She and her husband interceded with their son’s college to move him off-campus from a dormitory where they feared for his safety. Johnson continued her advocacy as a PFLAG member and as a participant in various organizations and events over the years: 1987 March on Washington, AIDS Memorial Quilt Volunteer in Washington and Chicago, arranged a Quilt display at an annual meeting of the Illinois Federation of Teachers, testified before the Oak Park High School about a proposed AIDS Policy and later about inclusion of sexual orientation in their non-discrimination policy. She served on the Board of the Chicago PFLAG Chapter, and for the last several years till the present, she serves on the Board of the Oak Park PFLAG Chapter. Currently she represents the Northern Illinois PFLAG Chapters at the Chicago Transgender Coalition, and at the Chicago Task Force on Elder LGBT people.

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Pride of the Ocean Honors John Scagliotti at In The Life Red Carpet Premiere

This year marks the 20th season of the first LGBT program on public television. In The Life was created by our Program Director, John Scagliotti, with the intention of creating a public voice for the LGBT Community. Since its first program, In The Life has changed the lives of thousands, if not millions of Gay, Lesbian, and Transgender people across the country.

To celebrate this achievement, Pride of the Ocean has included a special tribute ad in the Commemorative Program for the In The Life 20th Season Red Carpet Premiere.

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