Representatives from San Francisco’s GLBT Historical Society, University of Southern California’s ONE Institute, The Stonewall National Museum & Archives, and UCLA’s Legacy Special Collection will be showcasing rarely seen historic art and artifacts from their archives as part of the programming agenda for the cruise. The cruise will debut with the world premiere of the film, We Started with an Old Shoebox, a world tour of LGBT archives and historians saving LGBT history. Each cabin sold on the cruise will result in a direct monetary contribution to benefit the four archival institutions on board.
The Pollin Group, a leader in hosting meetings and festivals at sea for over 25 years has been a valued partner for over 10 years with Pride of the Ocean in hosting LGBT film festivals aboard luxury cruise ships. Destinations have included Hawaii, Alaska, Bermuda, the Caribbean, and Europe.
The Pollin Group’s “Partnership in Giving” program provides eligible organizations with fundraising opportunities for their causes or strategic philanthropic initiatives. For each person sailing with Pride of the Ocean’s 2018 cruise and reserving their cabin through the Pollin Group, Partnership in Giving will donate $100 to the participating archive of their choice, while allowing them access to the unique programs developed by all four archives exclusively for Pride of the Ocean’s “Saving History” cruise, as well as the opportunity to meet and network with representatives of those archives while on board the ship.
Filmmakers on board will be presenting some of the most significant archival based films ever produced, including Stu Maddux’s Reel in the Closet. Producers Greta Schiller, Robert Rosenberg, and John Scagliotti will be presenting the remastered classic film Before Stonewall in time to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots. BEFORE STONEWALL won an Emmy Award in 1987 for its pioneering archival work. Sam Berliner, the director of Seattle’s Translations Transgender Film Festival, will curate a collection of transgender themed short films that will make use of newly discovered archival material. In addition to these important screenings, there will be panelists exploring how LGBT archives, filmmakers, and the public have been working to save LGBT history and to make that history available for film and television.
Pride of the Ocean Film Festival’s 11th “Saving History” cruise will take place on February 25-March 4, 2018. The cruise will depart Fort Lauderdale with ports of call including Mexico, Jamaica, and Haiti. The theme of the festival will be saving LGBT history. Emerging filmmakers may apply for the CineSLAM workshop program, which takes place on Pride of the Ocean, prior to the application deadline of October 15, 2017. Further details can be found at cineslam.com.