Pride of the Ocean has named Vic Basile, an Executive Producer of important documentary film and television, as its 3rd Body of Work Award recipient. “Vic is the perfect choice for our film festival taking place on the 45th anniversary of Stonewall.” said John Scagliotti, Pride of the Ocean’s Program Director, “Certainly with the theme of ‘Films That Made a Difference’, Vic has made a difference in the world through his film work.”
Besides being a major influence in film, Basile is also being recognized for his many years as a pioneering LGBT activist, helping to pave the way for many of the advances in LGBT rights issues that we have seen recently.
Basile’s achievements in the world of activism are many. In 1987, Basile became the first Executive Director of the Human Rights Campaign Fund. Basile broadened the organization’s mission and dramatically increased its funding, making it the largest LGBT political organization in the United States.
After leaving the Human Rights Campaign Fund, he co-founded the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund in 1991, which has become, the largest LGBT political action committee in the United States dedicated to increasing the number of openly LGBT public elected officials. There are now more than 700 LGBT elected officials in the United States.
Basile’s work in film and television also includes his role as Executive Producer of Stonewall 25: Global Voices of Pride and Protest, an hour-long television special broadcast on Channel 4 in Great Britain and on PBS in the United States. This special was produced for the 25th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots. Basile was also instrumental in saving the In The Life Public Television series back in 1994, after it nearly closed its monthly production down due to high debts. He single-handedly brought the show back into solvency so that it would be able to continue broadcasting for another 17 years on PBS.
After the election of President Obama, Basile became Counselor to openly gay Director of the Office of Personnel Management, John Berry, and was responsible for overseeing the implementation of LGBT reforms across the Federal Government. Basile is now on short-term assignment with the Peace Corps before his planned retirement in the spring of 2014.
Basile was the Executive Producer of the film, After Stonewall: From the Stonewall Riots to the Millennium, which was broadcast during prime time in the United States on PBS on June 27, 1999. The award will be presented to Basile in the Manhattan Room on board the Norwegian Breakaway on June 7, 2014 following the screening of the film.
Previous Body of Work Award honorees have included award winning director, writer, and actor Casper Andreas, and Director/Producer Andrea Meyerson, best known for her award winning 2012 documentary I Stand Corrected and her Laughing Matters series of films.
In its fifth year, the Pride of the Ocean Film Festival sails from New York to Bermuda on the Norwegian Breakaway from June 1-8, 2014, the 45th Anniversary of the Stonewall riots. In addition to Vic Basile’s Body of Work Award ceremony, the cruise will feature a panel discussion on LGBT Spirituality & Activism led by openly gay Episcopal Bishop Gene Robinson, and a screening of Daniel Karslake’s film, For the Bible Tells Me So which profiles Bishop Gene Robinson as one of its subjects. The ship’s film schedule is rounded out with film screenings by rising filmmakers from the CineSLAM Film Festival of Shorts in Vermont, held in June. For more information on the festival, the films and workshops, visit www.prideoftheocean.com.