The fourth Pride of the Ocean LGBT Film Festival sails for Glacier Bay, Alaska, in August with over twice as many passengers as the preceding third cruise. On board the Norwegian Pearl luxury cruise ship, the film festival will host groundbreaking film screenings, seminars, workshops and a wide variety of filmmakers and special guests.
Only a Few Cabins Remain on the only LGBT Film Festival at Sea
Anticipating the leap in size this year, Program Director John Scagliotti and Cruise Director Jim Pollin planned for more cabins to be available for the expanding audience of 2013.
“Our cruise has leaped in size every year,” states Pollin, “and this year we knew we would see another burst of interest for our first West Coast departure.”
“We are delighted that our growth even surpassed our expectations.”
As the passenger list expanded, Pollin ensured the group had the space they needed. “Interest has been so high, the railroad car reserved for the group shore excursion in Skagway on the White Pass Railroad sold out. We quickly added another car, and that (more…)
Since 2009, smart and engaging people like you have been coming to Pride of the Ocean for the unique experience of enjoying an ocean cruise and a film festival together. Past passengers have included everyone from cruise aficionados, to film enthusiasts, to people who simply like to travel, but it has been getting to meet and know our aspiring young filmmakers that has been one of the main attractions over the past three years, and into our fourth. As George Gene Gustines said in his New York Times article, “The true delight of the trip wasâ€¦the friends we made.” Come meet some of those friends, many of which you could meet on our 2013 Alaska cruise, as we look back on some of our past young aspiring filmmakers and ask, “Where are they now?”
Pride of the Ocean’s CineSLAM has taken on an entirely new inspiring landscape by heading out to sea â€“ offering a full retreat with special guests, seminars, panels, industry knowledgeâ€¦ and of course the all-important CineSLAM Film Slam workshops.Â The Film Slam Seminars provide an opportunity for emerging filmmakers to workshop their projects in focused, peer-driven critique sessions. Â Susi Walsh, Executive Director of the Center for Independent Documentary, which sponsors the workshops, facilitates on board the ship.Â Creating this world outside of the everyday, for filmmakers to concentrate on their art, has succeeded in allowing the work to flourish, and the talent has indeed bloomed.
Take a walk with us through the garden of successful careers, and meet some of our past CineSLAM participants and see where have their paths led.
Two alums â€“ Cheryl Furjanic and Yoruba Richen â€“ will join us on Pride of the Ocean 2013 in August. Cheryl continues in the world of water, her award-winning Sync or Swim documentary of an Olympic-hopeful synchronized swimming team giving way to BACK ON BOARD, the story of Greg Louganis. Yoruba is bringing to the Norwegian Pearl her completed and much-anticipated documentary THE NEW BLACK, chronicling (more…)
This very month the Supreme Court of the United States will hear arguments on the future of marriage equality for same-sex couples â€“ an unprecedented step in the forward march of LGBT rights. Married couples and marriage activists from all states can take to the seas while exploring the outcomes with one of the most recognized figures in the fight â€“ activist Michael Crawford of Freedom to Marry, the Washington DC-based nonprofit leading the national campaign.
Michael Crawford, from Freedom to Marry leads the discussion
By the time you set sail with us up the Pacific Northwestâ€™s Inside Passage to Glacier Bay, watching our array of ground-breaking films, we will already know the Supreme Courtâ€™s conclusions. Decisions are due in June on the vital challenges both to Californiaâ€™s Proposition 8, banning same-sex marriage in that state, and to the constitutionality of the federal Defense of Marriage Act, prohibiting the federal government from recognizing same-sex marriage under federal laws.
Your Pride of the Ocean film festival will examine the outcomes of this historic event, through the lens of our artistic medium, by hosting a screening of the multiple award-winning film â€œI DOâ€ followed by a special discussion led by Crawford.
â€œI DOâ€ presents the story of a British (more…)
Andrea Meyerson (center) at WOAR promotion for Pride of the Ocean
— so much so that she is making time for her first vacation in many years to be on the Norwegian Pearl with the other women of WOAR to celebrate Andrea!
Chef Schwabâ€™s traditional Italian cuisine restaurant – always receiving rave reviews from fans of authentic Italian – won another devotee when Cantalini’s catered the WOAR Holiday Party last December, sponsored by Pride of the Ocean.Â Our Program Director, John Scagliotti, pronounced her dish “the best Chicken Piccata… EVER!”
From a start as a womenâ€™s cycling group in 1995, Women on a Roll quickly grew in popularity and numbers over the years to offer women a wide range of social, sporting, cultural and travel opportunities. Now over 10,000 members (more…)
Pride of the Ocean welcomes Olympic gold medalist Greg Louganis who will be on board the ship to welcome Pride of the Ocean passengers going on the Alaska cruise next summer. Joining him will be Back on Board Greg Louganis director Cheryl Furjanic and other LGBT filmmakers and film fans. The floating film festival is sailing from Seattle to Alaskaâ€™s Glacier Bay August 18-25, 2013 aboard the Norwegian Pearl.
Friday was our final day in Bermuda, and although it was raining, we still had a great day!
We began with our morning screening of SHELTER, presented by producer JD Disalvatore, and followed with an impromptu screening of CineSLAM Film Slam Seminar participant Cheryl Furjanic’s documentary SYNC OR SWIM.
After our lunchtime break, we began again in Michael’s Lounge on board the Summit for our CineSLAM Film Slam Seminar/ Webisode panel discussion with Randall Jenson (50FAGGOTS), Sebastian La Cause (HUSTLING), and JC Calciano (STEAM ROOM STORIES). It was truly an exciting and educational discussion. Click the links above to see for yourself!
Finally, we closed the day with our second official group dinner, sponsored by The Advocate!
Our festival Cruise Director Jim Pollin (left) and festival Program Director John Scagliotti (right) at our second official group dinner, sponsored by The Advocate.
Today was our second full day on the ocean, and we are well underway. This morning we opened with the awkwardly hilarious short GAYBY by Jonathan Lisecki, and the powerful documentary WISH ME AWAY, starring Chely Wright.
In the late morning, Miriam Cutler, musical composer, held an enlightening seminar titled “Know the Score: What Film Music Brings to Storytelling”, followed by our second round of CineSLAM Film Slam Seminars.
Tomorrow morning we will arrive in Bermuda, and we will post pictures from the previous days’ events.
Today began our first of many screenings this week, and a busy day it was! We began with the amazing documentary VITO by Jeffrey Schwarz. Miriam Cutler, the film’s musical composer is on board with us, and did a wonderful Q&A session after the film.
Following VITO, was our first “Filmmaker on Board, Special Screening” with producer Lesli Klainberg presenting PAUL MONETTE: THE BRINK OF SUMMER’S END.
In mid-afternoon we held our first of three CineSLAM Film Slam Seminars, which is a program that offers the chance for filmmakers to workshop their works-in-progress among a group of talented peers.
Finally, we finished the day with our first official group dinner and the elegant Cosmopolitan restaurant.
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 â€“ after three decades, can they keep their family together?”
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.