FROM THE GROUND UP | Panel on Pride of the Ocean 2012

Announcing our second Q-Me Con panel on Pride of the Ocean 2012,

FROM THE GROUND UP:

A RESOURCE-SHARING AND STRATEGY-BUILDING CONVERSATION ON HOW TO FIND FUNDS AND OTHER RESOURCES FOR YOUR FILM

“From grants & foundations, to private investors & “soft moneys,” join top industry members as they discuss what capital and other resources are out there for you and your project — and share tips on how you can go out there and get them!”

Tuesday, June 12th, 3:00PM
In the DECK 3 Conference Room.

Q-Me Con Panel Film Festival Directors, moderated by Jennifer Howd (far right), 2011

This panel will be moderated by Jennifer Howd (co-founder of Q-Me Con), featuring panelists:

Lesli Klainberg (managing director, Film Society Lincoln Center)

Cheryl Furjanic (filmmaker, SYNC OR SWIM)

Andrea Meyerson (filmmaker and founder of Women On A Roll)

Casper Andreas (director, GOING DOWN IN LA-LA LAND)

Kareem Mortimer (director, CHILDREN OF GOD)

JD Disalvatore (producer, SHELTER)

JC Calciano (director, eCUPID, webisode creator)

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Films with a Cause! on Pride of the Ocean 2012

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

We’re pleased to announce that the Q-MeCon/CID panel for Films with a Cause will take place on Pride of the Ocean, Saturday, June 16, 2012 @ 11:15am – 1:15pm in the Deck 3 Conference Room.

The panel will be facilitated by Jennifer Howd, founder of Q-MeCon.

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? Are you looking for a way to get involved?… Join us for an in-depth conversation with leading change-makers to learn how YOU can make a difference through grassroots efforts to promote content for a cause.

The panelists are Nancy Johnson (PFLAG Oak Park, IL), Susi Walsh (Executive Director of the Center for Independent Documentary), Stu Maddux (director of GEN SILENT, to be screened on board), John Scagliotti (creator of IN THE LIFE, PBS), and Matt Paco (producer at IN THE LIFE and MTV WORKS).

Pride of the Ocean is pleased to be in collaboration with Q-MeCon for the third consecutive year.

Jennifer Howd, co-founder of Q-MeCon

The Queer Media and Entertainment Conference (Q-Me Con) creates events designed specifically for industry professionals working in, or looking to break into, LGBT content creation for the burgeoning queer TV, music, film and new digital media arenas. Q-Me Con features engaging seminars, tons of networking events and outrageous off-site parties designed specifically for queer industry professionals and content creators.

Q-Me Con was created by Punkmouse, a NYC-based queer-owned and operated media and entertainment group, founded in 2005 by industry veterans John Baez and Jennifer Howd.

Films with a Cause is one of two seminars Q-MeCon is presenting on board Pride of the Ocean. We will be announcing the other seminar with panelists in a few days.

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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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