Reimagining the Erotic…

While some African countries rightly continue to make headlines for some of their new draconian anti-gay laws, we on Pride of the Ocean want to take this opportunity to explore some of the complexities rooted in the African diaspora.

ProtestWe find a new work-in-progress by Seyi Adebanjo, which we are delighted to be screening for you on our New York to Bermuda cruise, a fascinating work of storytelling. Entitled “Qya: Something Happened on the Way to West Africa!”, Adebanjo’s film explores ritual, the erotic and gender through indigenous Yorùbá spirituality in Nigeria.

seyi adebanjo

seyi adebanjo

Adebanjo says “re-imaging the erotic in the future will give strength to a new story and people who cross the border of gender/spirit/sexuality.” Adebanjo’s film will be part of a series of exciting shorts that will be screening as part of our 5th anniversary cruise, embarking from New York City on June 1.

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The exciting part for you is that as a Pride of the Ocean passenger, you will be meeting some truly amazing and talented people.

Join this engaging group by booking your cabin here.

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Meet Your Emcee

Matthew Moore

Matthew Moore

Pride of the Ocean’s 2014 Emcee, Matt Moore, is a producer, comedian and improv teacher who founded “Improv for the People” in 2010. “Improv for the People” offers classes in improvisation and trains not just actors, but business school students as well, improvisation being a valuable skill outside of the theater. In Los Angeles, Matt trained at the acclaimed Groundlings Theater, home to many well-known actors, comedians, and celebrities.

He is the producer of MonkeyShines Improv, Alley Catz Comedy Show, and is a frequent performer at the Comedy Store in Hollywood, CA.

“The study of improvisation is not just for the actor; it is a powerful tool in unlocking creativity, enhancing communication, and enriching human-to-human interaction.” – Matthew Moore, founder of “Improv for the People” – Matthew Moore

Matthew joined other prominent comedians in a Valentine’s Day show at Westside Comedy Theater that sold out and received rave reviews.

Valentine-640pxIf you love comedy and cruising, you won’t want to miss our double bill of Matt Moore and the Ryan and Amy Show on Pride of the Ocean. Click here to learn more about the Pride of the Ocean cruise and its many activities and exciting programming.

It’s all fabulous on Pride of the Ocean!

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Hawaii wins Equality, Kumu Hina’s great speech

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We are so pleased to be presenting Joe Wilson and Dean Hamer’s new film KUMU HINA on our 6th Pride of the Ocean film Festival (National Coming Out Day in Hawaii, Oct 11 -18, 2014).  Take a look at this victory video with Kumu Hina and others taking to the streets and making change happen in Hawaii.  We, at Proud of the Ocean, are so looking forward to being part of this Aloha spirit come next fall.

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Can’t Wait For Our Next Pride of the Ocean Film Festival?

Taste our weekend Sampler in January
Miami Bahamas 2014 Cruise

The holiday season is nearly upon us, and winter is right around the corner. The cold, dry, wintry winds will soon be whipping and making you dream of a Caribbean getaway where the air is warm and moist. Reserve your dream getaway in January for a special price, plus a complimentary gift in your stateroom when you make your reservation with the promotional code TASTE14, then cruise from Miami to the Bahamas aboard the Norwegian Sky from January 31 through February 3, 2014. Cabins begin as low as $352.98, but the last day we can accept reservations is November 25, 2013. Don’t miss this opportunity to give yourself or a loved one the perfect holiday gift of a film festival cruise to the Bahamas in January. What’s included in this 4-day 3-night cruise?

In addition to our signature cocktail party, we have included a panel discussion, shore excursions, and we screen some funny shorts. Our centerpiece event on this cruise will be a screening of Bahamian filmmaker Kareem Mortimer’s haunting film, “Children of God”, with a riveting story of interracial romance set against the gorgeous vistas and troubling homophobia of the Bahamas. Click here to read more and watch a trailer of the film.

Join us for our weekend Sampler cruise and you will receive the biggest discount we can offer on one of our 7-day cruises. Take $160 off your stateroom on either the New York to Bermuda Pride Cruise June 1-8, 2014 or the Hawaiian Islands Coming Out Day Cruise October 11-18, 2014.

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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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