It’s easy to make your reservation for CineSLAM 2015, June 19th and 20th


Be part of the Pride Action taking place in Southern Vermont.  You can reserve and buy your CineSLAM Tickets  here, or click on Reserve Your Seat

Friday, June 19th, CineSLAM Short films start at 7pm with a “Pride Cake” Intermission at the Latchis Theater on Main Street in Brattleboro.

Following the films will be The Brattleboro Pride Experience.

Saturday, June 20th.. off to the Organ Barn in Guilford (2pm)  for more great films and live performace by Carmelita Tropicana and a Italian Picnic is included.  Co-sponsor Vermont Performance Lab.    If you need directions to the Organ Barn in Guilford, email John Scagliotti


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Partnership Around Pride



VPL, Green Mountain Crossroads and CineSLAM
join forces to produce a celebration of queerness, diversity, creativity and social justice 
June 19-21, 2015

Brattleboro & Guilford, VT – Vermont Performance Lab (VPL) has announced that it will be teaming up with two local LGBTQ organizations to produce a full weekend of activities and events as part of the annual Pride Weekend, June 19-21 in Southern Vermont. In partnership with Green Mountain Crossroads and CineSLAM – Vermont’s LGBT Film Festival, VPL will bring performance art icon Carmelita Tropicana and filmmaker Ela Troyano to Vermont to be one of the highlights of Pride Weekend in Vermont. During the festivities, CineSLAM will screen Troyano’s film “Your Kunst is Your Waffen” (“Your Art is Your Weapon”) as part of the 7th Annual CineSLAM Film Festival. On Saturday and Sunday the artists will participate in an afternoon artist talk and Italian–style picnic at the Tree Frog farm in Guilford, and offer a “Writing and Performing Autobiography” workshop to teens and adults.

In making this announcement Sara Coffey of Vermont Performance Lab remarked, “Our partners help ground VPL artists and projects in our community. The partnership with CineSLAM and Green Mountain Crossroads is very special as it is a wonderful example of how three organizations can come together to create a series of events that celebrate diversity and foster dialogue and tolerance in our community around LGBTQ and social justice issues as these couples are like any other couple who like to spend time together and have fun sometimes using toys as a G-spot stimulator and others.”

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CineSLAM 2015 Tickets Now Available!

CineSLAM screenings takes place on  Friday, June 19, 2015 7:00pm at The Latchis Theater, 50 Main Street, Brattleboro, Vermont.

LatchisCineSLAM-HDROpening Night CineSLAM,Vermont’s LGBTQ Film Festival screening of short films (list of films at at the Latchis Theater in downtown Brattleboro  including Ela Troyano’s film featuring Carmelita Tropicana “Your Kunst is your Waffen.”

Intermission includes Pride Cake and Sparkling Cider!

Reserve your tickets here, or click on Reserve Your Seat in the menu above.

Below is a partial listing of featured films.


Arnaud Lalanne, a native of France, in his film “La Princesse de Lamour Damour” asks, “Can a princess fall in love with a prince and a princess?”PrincessHeathDaniels_175x175flag-usa-XLA man summons men from around the world in, “International Male” from Heath Daniels.HeathDaniels_InternationalMale_640x360

Leading off the program is a delightful short film where a surprise visit, a bumbling bestie, and many years of tight-lipped deception cause EVERYONE’S ish to hit the fan. The chaos caused in this comedy of errors is full of sexy Continue reading

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Boy Meets Girl Brattleboro Premiere with Eric Shaefer

CineSLAM, Vermont’s LGBT Festival of Shorts, is sponsoring a post-film reception and Q&A with the film’s director, Eric Schaeffer, following the 7pm Brattleboro Opening Night screening of Boy Meets Girl on Friday, February 13, 2015 at the Latchis Theater in downtown Brattleboro.


The film’s director was a Brattleboro Union High School student over 40 years ago, and his family still resides in the area. Viewers will recognize many of the film’s Vermont locations and actors, Eric Schaeffer having brought the production to his hometown for filming in the summer of 2013. Among the participating businesses was Brattleboro Union High School, Jamaica Coffee Shop, Bromley View InnD&K Country Store, and downtown Brattleboro’s own Salon Jacque.


Continuing its partnership with the Latchis Theater, CineSLAM will present its 2015 LGBT Short Film Festival during Gay Pride Month on Friday, June 19, 2015 at the Latchis Theater in downtown Brattleboro. Registration for the festival begins on March 1, 2015.

CineSLAM also conducts workshops with CineSLAM’s film directors on Pride of the Ocean’s LGBT Film Festival at Sea, taking place this year in Alaska on board the Celebrity Solstice for 7 days and 7 nights, cruising Alaska’s famous Inside Passage from  August 7-14, 2015 with ports of call in SeattleKetchikanTracy Arm FjordJuneauSkagway, and Victoria.

The public is invited to attend the Vermont festival in June and the Alaskan cruise on the Celebrity Solstice in August. Click here or on the button below for more details about Pride of the Ocean.



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Deadline for Application for March CineSLAM workshops Dec 15th.

the first group on Pride of the Ocean, 2010

the first group on Pride of the Ocean, 2010

We have extended the deadline for applications for our March  CID/CineSLAM workshops The new deadline for submission is December 15th, 2014… The workshops take place on the Celebrity Reflection sailing out of Miami on March 14th to March 21st 2015

Any questions:  please contact John Scagliotti at

Application can be filled out on this website.  Click above to 2015 CID/CineSLAM Application…



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2014 Chessie Award Goes To…A Last Farewell

Following the sold out CineSLAM Film Festival at The Hooker Dunham Theater on Saturday June 21, 2014 in Brattleboro Vermont, the winner of the prestigious Chessie Award was selected by a juried panel of film academics, and was awarded to “A Last Farewell”, directed by Casper Andreas.


The first Swedish language film by Mr. Andreas tells the story of an aging author who is haunted by visions of his late husband and who is in conflict with his pregnant daughter. He must find a way to accept the loss that has devastated his life, and make peace with the family he feels has betrayed him.

Our congratulations to director Casper Andreas and producer David Färdmar!

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CineSLAM 2014 Tickets Now Available

2014 CineSLAM Vermont LGBT Short Film Festival

Vermont’s 9th Annual Gay Film Festival Closes June Pride Month

Opening Night at The Hooker Dunham Theater @ 7:30pm, Saturday June 21, 2014

Click here to reserve your seat

The Hooker Dunham Theater is located at 139 Main Street in Brattleboro, Vermont

The Pride Dance follows the festival at the nearby American Legion Hall at 32 Linden Street in Brattleboro, Vermont, starting at 9pm.

  • Set in New York, which neighbors Vermont, Lavender Hill: a love story reveals the rich and complex history of one of the few gay and lesbian communes in the Back to the Land movement  in intentional living, from its theoretical beginnings in the Gay Liberation Front to its twilight during the AIDS crisis.

  • Ọya: Something Happened on the Way to West Africa! An extraordinary exploration of womyn’s leadership, mythology and the hidden truth behind power in Nigeria. this personal and political story investigates mythology, ritual, power and gender fluidity within indigenous Yorùbá spirituality.

  • Both hailing from Canada, Cock N’ Bull‘s Nathan Adloff explores the comic ramifications of prank phone calls, while Iris Moore artfully plays with gender in her animated film, Beyond the Mirror’s Gaze.


  • Regarding gender, in the animated film Change Over Time, Ewan Duarte continues his personal journey transitioning genders, which he began in his film Spiral Transition.

This is just a sampling of the films that will be screening at this year’s Vermont LGBT Short Film Festival. Those films and others will be screened on June 21st with an intermission. Click here to see the other films and filmmakers.

After the festival, don’t forget to head over to the American Legion Hall for the annual Pride Dance at 9pm.

Lastly, we’re very excited to announce that in 2015, CineSLAM will be expanding to 2 filmmaker workshops, one taking place on Pride of the Ocean’s Caribbean cruise in January, and one on Pride of the Ocean’s Alaska cruise in July, so watch this space for future details.

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Meet our 2014 Early Admission CineSLAM Filmmakers – Application Period Still Open

Meet our 2014 Early Admission CineSLAM Filmmakers

CarleaseBurkeThumbnailCarlease Burke from Santa Monica, CA is an actress and stand up comic who was inspired to complete her project, “Signing Funny” after attending Pride of the Ocean 2013 as a guest. “Signing Funny” highlights Laugh-A-Latte, a diverse stand-up comedy venue in the Los Angeles area with a sign language interpreter, which allows the deaf to enjoy the show.
DanGoldesThumbnailDan Goldes is a Northern California based filmmaker and cofounder of Urbanstreet Films. His film project, “ub2”, explores how the words “clean” or “disease-free” in online dating ads impact the HIV+ men who read them. Dan is currently in production on a feature-length documentary about the revitalization of a particularly downtrodden portion of San Francisco’s Market Street.
KareemMortimerThumbnailKareem Mortimer is a Bahamian filmmaker who most recently wrote and directed the film, “Passage“, which centers around a group of Haitians locked in the hold of a fishing vessel being smuggled through the Bahamas into the United States. Previously, Kareem’s short films have won 5 festival awards and distribution in North America, Germany and Austria.

Final CineSLAM 2014 Applications Due January 31, 2014

Open call for short film Submission and Application to CineSLAM, Vermont’s Short Film Festival (Vermont, June 2014) and CineSLAM Film Slam Workshops (takes place on Norwegian Breakaway, New York to Bermuda, June 1-8, 2014).

  • Final application deadline is January 31, 2014
  • Final admission filmmakers will be announced in February 2014
  • Early application deadline was December 15, 2013
  • Early applicants are still being considered for final admission

Application details are below.

To be accepted into the CineSLAM workshop, a short film must be submitted and accepted by the CineSLAM Film Festival (click here for details)

This will be our 5th CineSLAM Workshop for emerging filmmakers of LGBT films that takes place during Pride of the Ocean’s LGBT Film festival on the High Seas (June 1-8, 2014).

We accept a total of 8 filmmakers who are awarded merit scholarships, which covers their cabin and board on the Norwegian Breakaway and partial travel grant to embarkation city, New York.

For full application details and submission of a film for the CineSLAM Workshops on board the Norwegian Breakaway and Film Festival in Vermont, visit

for more information about Pride of the Ocean Film Festival on the High Seas visit

The CineSLAM Workshops are facilitated and sponsored by the Kopkind Colony ( and the Center for Independent Documentary (

Our Programmer is John Scagliotti, Administrator of the Kopkind Colony, and Facilitator Susi Walsh, Executive Director of the  Center for Independent Documentary.

Merit scholarships are provided in part by a grant from the Center for Independent Documentary and the Chessie Foundation.

Application Fee for Workshop which also includes submission fee for Film Festival is  $25

There is a desire for diversity for our program, so we request that the filmmaker and/or the film be LGBT.

Short films are eclectic and can be documentary, narrative, animation or web series. A short film for submission needs to be 15 minutes or less.  (Feature length or television documentaries in production or even finished can submit a short version of 10 minutes or less).  We prefer workshop material for our Film Slams to be material in production, but finished material may also be accepted.

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Deadline is January 31, 2014 for CineSLAM Workshops on Pride of the Ocean – Applicant Submission Now Open

The application period for the 2014 CineSLAM Film Slam Seminars will end on January 31, 2014.

There will be an early registration deadline of December 15, 2013. Four filmmakers will be selected from this admission period.

Four more filmmakers will be chosen to be part of the program will be determined by February 1, 2014, and each participant will be notified at that time. A public announcement of the filmmakers participating in the 2014 program will follow.   You must submit a short* film and be accepted to the CineSLAM Film Festival in Vermont (June 21, 2014) in order to be accepted to CID/CineSLAM Film slam workshops on board Pride of the Ocean.  CineSLAM workshops are sponsored by the Center for Independent Documentary and our facilitator is Susi Walsh.


*short: if you are a documentary filmmaker making a feature length, you can submit a short trailer or a short version of your feature as your submission for the CineSLAM film festival in Vermont.  We suggest no longer than 10minutes and no shorter than 5 minutes.

Again, to apply for the workshop and submit a film, click HERE

the first group on Pride of the Ocean, 2010


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