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Cloudburst to Lead Off 3rd Pride of the Ocean LGBT Film Festival Cruise

GUILFORD, VT (March 12, 2012) – Cloudburst, starring Olympia Dukakis, is scheduled to screen at the third annual Pride of the Ocean film festival cruise on board the Celebrity Summit, June 10th to 17th. Sponsored by The Advocate, the Center for Independent Documentary, and After Stonewall Productions, Pride of the Ocean will be hosting director Thom Fitzgerald (3 Needles, The Hanging Garden) in presenting his latest film. John Scagliotti, Program Director for Pride of the Ocean says, “the era of one-dimensional gay characters is over. Cloudburst is the latest example of the new LGBT filmmaking spirit, which we cultivate on Pride of the Ocean.”

The Pride of the Ocean film festival cruise is the first and only LGBT film festival to take place on a cruise ship. Now preparing for its third annual festival, en route from NYC to Bermuda, Pride of the Ocean is showcasing a number of the latest LGBT films including Vito, by Jeffrey Schwarz, Wish Me Away starring Chely Wright, and Gen Silent by Stu Maddux. In addition to showing films, Pride of the Ocean brings on board talented directors and producers for film critiques and workshops as part of the CineSLAM film slam program. Facilitator Susi Walsh (Executive Director of the Center for Independent Documentary) says, “here is your chance to share your ideas with the next generation of LGBT filmmakers.”

Cloudburst stars Oscar-winning actresses 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.

Netting awards throughout the festival circuit, including “Best of the Fest Selection” at Palm Springs and “Best Canadian Feature” at the Victoria Film Festival, Cloudburst has also been the opening and closing film for many notable festivals.

Everyone is invited to attend the Pride of the Ocean film festival cruise, and the deadline for registration is March 27th. Visit

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CineSLAM: Call For Entries

Posted: February 3, 2010 in John Scagliotti
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Please forward our call to interested filmmakers you might know.


Vermont’s Pride Film Festival of Shorts
June 18th & 19th, 2010

Sponsored by The Kopkind Colony

John Scagliotti, member of the National Gay and Lesbian Journalist Association’s documentary caucus and programmer of Kopkind’s CineSlam, Vermont’s LGBT Fest of Shorts.

AP headline: “Economy grows in 3Q, signals end of recession”

We are helping do our part by announcing a $250 reduction for Pride of the Ocean’s first historic LGBT Film Cruise (benefit for Kopkind’s CineSlam, VT’s LGBT shorts festival) for registering before Dec 20th for the May 30th 2010 embarkation from New York City (where we will be commemorating the first pride event 40 years ago: The Christopher Street Liberation March (June 1970) . Don’t forget to invite some NY State Senators to join you .)


Posted: May 26, 2009 in John Scagliotti

“Vermont’s GLBT Liberation Short Films Fest”

by John Scagliotti

Center For Independent Documentary


Kopkind/CID Retreat

Invitation to filmmakers:
We are pleased to announce a call to independent documentary filmmakers who would like to participate in a weeklong seminar and retreat in southern Vermont.

Event Info
Sunday August 2nd-August 9th, 2009

Tree Frog Farm, Guilford Vermont

The Center for Independent Documentary (CID) and the Kopkind Center are sponsoring this week-long retreat limited to nine filmmakers along with special invited guests at Treefrog Farm in Guilford Vermont from August 2nd (Sunday is the travel day) to Sunday, August 9th. The theme for the morning seminars is:

Brainstorming to a new future in independent filmmaking

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