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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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