On-Line Registration for CineSLAM June 22nd Screening has closed!

Our festival screening for Saturday, June 22nd is pretty close to being sold out via our on-line registration.  If you don’t have a ticket, you might still be able to get in at the door but you should come early… at 6:10 pm and get your tickets.

Hooker Dunham Theater, 139 Main Street, Brattleboro VT.

Screening is scheduled for 6:30pm… Happy Gay Pride!!

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Let’s Eat Wedding Cake…at the CineSLAM Intermission!

Wedding CakeJune Is Bustin’ Out All Over!


Fresh and alive and gay and young…






…June is a love song, sweetly sung!

CineSLAM, Vermont’s LGBT Short Film Festival, is only a few days away, and tickets are selling fast, so make your reservation today by clicking here, and join us for wedding cake, graciously provided by Little City Bakery, and bubbly during the intermission, then after the festival, head over to the American Legion Hall for the annual Pride Dance at 9pm.

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CineSLAM 2013: ON-LINE Registration for tickets is NOW OPEN

CineSLAM 2013 is fast approaching! We already have many excellent shorts scheduled for this year. It all takes place in Brattleboro on June 22nd at 6:30pm at the Hooker-Dunham Theater.  Admission is $10.00,  and the price includes the film screenings and drink and snacks during the intermission.  You can pre-purchase your tickets on line by clicking here to reserve your seat.  (Note:  tickets for the Pride Dance After-Party, 9pm are not available on-line, but will be available for purchase at the door of the American Legion Hall.)



The festival is June 22nd, followed by the Pride Dance After-Party at the American Legion Hall in Brattleboro.

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Please Welcome 2013’s CineSLAM Participants on Board Pride of the Ocean

The CineSLAM class of 2013 has been chosen!

This year CineSLAM is pleased to announce that with an increase in funding from our granting sources, the 2013 class of participants has been expanded. “We are thrilled with this continued support from our funders,” said John Scagliotti, Program Director, in announcing the selections. Fourteen talented filmmakers have been invited to workshop their film projects during the Pride of the Ocean Film Festival taking place on the Norwegian Pearl this summer.”

Films from many of the filmmakers at the workshops will be seen at the CineSLAM Film Festival of shorts in Vermont (June 22, 2013)… more details of the films and schedule will be released closer to the film festival date, as films are really popular and everyone loves to watch movies, that’s why they get good TVs and a full motion tv mount just for this purpose.

CineSLAM workshops are sponsored by the Center for Independent Documentary and Executive Director Susi Walsh is the facilitator on board the ship.

The Kopkind Colony sponsors the festival in Vermont.

Meet Our 2013 CineSLAM Participants

Sam Berliner from Berkeley CA was recently selected as the Festival Director and Programmer for Seattle’s Translations Film Festival. Mr. Berliner is the director of the animated documentary web series, “Dating Sucks: A Genderqueer Misadventure“.
Jon Bryant Crawford, a Southern California filmmaker and winner of the Vermont Bear Film Festival’s PAW award for his film, “Foot Soldier” recently produced the film, “Dog Meets Goose“, about a troubled teen seeking help from his neighbor, who has a secret.
Heath Daniels wrote, produced, and stars in the film, “Go Go Reject“, set in his native Southern California, about a frozen yogurt shop employee who meets with unexpected rejection. Heath is in the process of writing a feature length film script and developing a web series.
Sean Devaney, a filmmaker from Brooklyn NY, is putting the finishing touches on his latest film, “Bare“, about the fear, paranoia, and confusion that ensues when Aaron discovers his roommate’s HIV medication.
Elizabeth Ellis, from Bainbridge Island WA, produced the web series, “Wrecked“, where terrible life decisions force a television writer from Los Angeles to move in with her brother in Seattle.
Bryan Horch, who is based in Massachusetts, has made films and interactive media to educate, entertain and effect social change. In his latest film, “Spooners“, Nelson becomes an unwitting spectacle for a throng of captivated suburban shoppers while shopping for a new mattress.
Becky-Lane2Becky Lane filmed the pilot for her web series inspired by lesbian pulp fiction novels of the 1950’s in the Ithaca bar of the same name, “The Chanticleer“. Becky is an independent filmmaker and founder of Nice Girl Films.
Lieberman-Viridiana Viridiana Lieberman is a filmmaker, writer and radio host out of South Florida who produced, “Behind the Octagon“, which follows a lesbian stage musical on its hopeful journey to Broadway.
Matthew Moore‘s film, “Seamless” began as a hilarious conversation about a young bellman’s uniform malfunction during last year’s Pride of the Ocean cruise. Matthew is the artistic director and founder ofImprov for the People, a Los Angeles improvisation studio for actors and non-actors.
Jonathan Skurnik is a Los Angeles based documentary producer, director and cinematographer whose film, “Becoming Johanna” tells the story of a transgender teenager who risks losing everything in order to stay true to herself.
Ryan Steele stars in “Woof” a recent episode of “The Ryan Steele Show“, a Vancouver based sketch comedy web series that he also wrote, directed, and produced.
Adriana-TorresAdriana Torres is finishing up her original lesbian science fiction feature, “GuardianShip“. When not writing and producing her own work, Adrianna works extensively in television and film in Los Angeles.
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We will be increasing our number this year for CineSLAM Workshop Participants.

Thanks to a recent increase in our funding, we have increased our number of merit scholarships for our CineSLAM workshop program.   Which means we can have more filmmakers on board for the our program! In order to make  deadline for the increase of the number of cabins we are reserving on the Norwegian Pearl we have announced four early acceptances this week to the program.  We do have 8 more to announce in the first week in February.  The deadline still stands at January 31 (see post below) as those eight have not yet been selected from the pool of applicants.   .

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Deadline is Jan 31 for CineSLAM Workshop Program on Pride of the Ocean

The application period for the 2013 CineSLAM Film Slam Seminars will end on January 31, 2013. The filmmakers chosen to be part of the program will be determined by February 1, 2013, and each participant will be notified at that time. A public announcement of the filmmakers participating in the 2013 program will follow.   You must submit a short* film and be accepted to the CineSLAM Film Festival in Vermont (June 22, 2013) in order to be accepted to CID/CineSLAM Film slam workshops on board Pride of the Ocean.  CineSLAM workshops are sponssored by the Center for Independent Documentary and our facilatator is Susi Walsh.


*short: if you are a documentary filmmaker making a feature length, you can submit a short trailer 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 film click above on the navigation bar “film seminars”

the first group on Pride of the Ocean, 2010


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CineSLAM 2012 Saturday 6/30 and Sunday 7/1

June 30, 2012  Please join us at the Hooker-Dunham Theater and Gallery, 139 Main St, Brattleboro, VT at 6:15 (Repeat screening 8:15) for some great films including THE OLDEST LESBIAN IN THE WORLD!

July 1, 2012  Then two more sessions of films and a BBQ, Sunday at the Organ Barn, at 3pm in Guilford.  For directions contact John Scagliotti stonewal@sover.net

To view CineSLAM’s film program click here. 

If you would like to make a reservation and purchase a ticket (including the weekend pass for both days) click here


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CineSLAM Program Director John Scagliotti Celebrates 20th Anniversary of In the Life

In honor of IN THE LIFE (the first LGBT variety show on public television), its creator and our Program Director, John Scagliotti, is showcasing two short films from IN THE LIFE producers Matt Paco and Todd Cross.

Still from Matt Paco’s CHANGING THE GAME

In the hyper-masculine world of sports, where star athletes like Kobe Bryant are caught uttering gay slurs on national TV and high school students like Jacob Garner are taunted daily for being for being gay, homophobia and athletics may seem forever intertwined. However, there’s a tidal wave of change on the rise, not only in sports by also in mainstream America.


Attempts to define gender identity often fall short of grasping the complex nature of terms, experiences, and self-discovery. We look at three members of the trans community – Rob, Charlene and Rebecca – all willing to share their intimate journeys in order to bring all of us together with greater understanding and compassion.


Click here for show times, and the whole CineSLAM Film Festival program.

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2012 Film Festival Program Up and Running!

The official 2012 CineSLAM Film Festival program is now up! As always, we have an exciting line-up of short docs and narratives. Check out the program by clicking here.

Our screenings fill up fast! So be sure to reserve your ticket online by visiting our Audience Registration page. Click here to get started.

See you there!

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