Pride of the Ocean Seminars

CID, Q-Me Con & The Kopkind Colony Seminars on board the next Pride of the Ocean

Our organizers for this year’s Seminars, Jennifer Howd and Susi Walsh are creating some very exciting panels to take place during Pride of the Ocean- May 29th to June 5th, 2011 from New York City to Bermuda on the Norwegian Gem.

Confirmed Panels for 2011:

Monday, May 30th – From the Ground Up

A resource-sharing and strategy-building conversation on how to find funds and other resources for your film.

Ryan Harrington (Director of Documentary Programs, Tribeca Film Institute), Susi Walsh (Executive Director, CID), Jon Gann (Founder, DC Film Alliance), Mark Payne (Marke-up Artist/Filmmaker), JD Disalvatore (Producer, Blogger). Moderated by Jennifer Howd (Founding Partner, Q-Me Con).

Saturday, JUNE 4th – Film Festivals into The Future

Strangers in a dark room? Audiences with no boundaries?
An In-Depth Chat with Film Festival Directors About the Evolution of Film Festivals into The Future.

James Nadeau (Festival Director, Boston Gay and Lesbian Film Festival), Jennifer Arndt-Johns (Q-Fest Philadephia), Stephen Flynn (Festival Director, Long Island LGBT Film Festival), Charlie Boudreau and Katharine Setzer (Directors, image+nation: Montreal’s International LGBT Festival), and Richard Corso (Flickers: Rhode Island International Film Festival). Moderated by Jennifer Howd (Founding Partner, Q-Me Con).

“Quickie” Sessions held throughout the week:  Times TBA

All Things Tribeca – with Ryan Harrington
Crowdfunding – Everything you need to know to get started and succeed.


Meet the Pride of the Ocean Panelists:
JD Disalvatore
JD Disalvatore is a gay rights activist and lesbian filmmaker. She has produced the LGBT films Shelter, A Marine Story, Eating Out 2, Gay Propaganda, HBO’s Reunion, Neurotica and Elena UndoneShelter won the 2009 GLAAD Award for Outstanding Feature Film in Limited release as well as being named to’s list of the 50 Greatest Gay Films of All Time at the #2 spot.  A Marine Story won the Grand Jury Prize for Best Feature Film at the Outfest 2010 Film Festival, along with the Audience Award for Best Dramatic Feature and a Best Actress nod for Dreya Weber.  It went on to win 13 BEST Of Awards to date for best feature film on the festival circuit.

Disalvatore is on the Board of Directors of the Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce where she serves as the Vice President, and was recently honored by the Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Center with a LACE Award for her work organizing and fundraising in the Southern California LGBT community.  She was named one of the GO NYC Magazine’s 100 Lesbians We Love for 2009. She has taught Production Management at The American Film Institute and is also the former Festival Manager for Outfest:  The Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Film Festival.  Over the years, she has been a contributing writer on the subject of LGBT politics and film for Curve,, Clout, and She has produced & moderated panels on queer cinema for Outfest, The Butch Conference, Power Up, The Writer’s Guild of America and the LAGLCC, and can be heard as a guest on Sirius OutQ’s The Frank DeCaro Show speaking on LGBT films. She has also been a screenplay competition judge for IFP, Outfest and NewFest.

Her daily musings can be read at The Smoking Cocktail, her blog on all things LGBT entertainment and politics.

Ryan Harrington
Ryan Harrington is the Director of Documentary Programs at the Tribeca Film Insititute where he oversees the Gucci Tribeca Documentary Fund and TFI Documentary Fund while developing other initiatives and programs that support non-fiction filmmaking. Independently he is currently working on the feature doc Hungry In America, with filmmakers Kristi Jacobson & Lori Silverbush and Participant Media, that explores why so many people in the USA go without food, and what can be done about it.

Harrington managed production for A&E IndieFilms, the theatrical documentary arm of the A&E Network, for four years. Throughout his time there he championed the Oscar-nominated films Murderball and Jesus Camp, and the Sundance hits My Kid Could Paint That and American Teen. Other films include Barbara Kopple’s Bearing Witness, Annie Sundberg & Ricki Stern’s The End of America, Le Cirque: A Table in Heavan, Alexis Arquette She’s My Brother, 21 Below, Entre Nos and P-Star Rising.

Jennifer Howd
Jennifer Howd’s eclectic background includes work within feature film marketing, broadcast design and visual effects. A much-sought-after Creative Producer, Jennifer has worked on numerous high-profile projects including the acclaimed Robert Evans documentary The Kid Stays in the Picture and VH1?s documentary series My Coolest Years. She recently served as Creative Producer/Director on Paragon Media’s feature-length documentary, Genomania and is currently Executive Producing, Co-Directing and overseeing strategy for her multi-platform documentary, The Cancer Show as well as consulting on a slate of other filmmakers’ projects.

Jennifer began her career in NYC as a Publicist at MGM/United Artists, where she worked on marketing campaigns for films such as Leaving Las Vegas, Live Flesh, Get Shorty, The Bird Cage, Showgirls, Goldeneye and Tomorrow Never Dies. She later segued into post production, where she oversaw motion graphics production and VFX for major cable network image campaigns, feature documentary films, promos and commercials.  She is the co-creator of “The Queer Media & Entertainment Conference” (Q-Me Con) and is the co-author of The Gay & Lesbian Guide to College Life, published by Random House.

Mark Payne
Mark was with us last year with his great film Get Happy, truly a coming of age musical extravaganza. This year he is joining us as a panelist for Q-Me-Con, focusing on how to take a short and parlay it into something bigger, perhaps even a Broadway Show. Mark is a two-time Emmy Award winning celebrity makeup artist currently based in Hollywood.  He has worked on many famous faces including Beyonce, Kelly Ripa, Heather Mills and Paris Hilton. By the way, Get Happy won the PAW award (Best Short) from the Vermont Bear Film Festival.

Susi Walsh
Susi is the Executive Director of the Center for Independent Documentary and has provided direct support to filmmakers in the production of over two hundred films since 1982. She will also be the facilitator of the CineSLAM film slam seminars on board the ship.

James Nadeau
James is the Executive Director of the Boston LGBT Film Festival. He is an independent curator, video artist and writer based in Boston. He was editor of Our Daily RED, the blog of arts journal Big RED & Shiny from 2006 to 2010. He is a graduate of the Comparative Media Studies department at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He completed his undergraduate studies at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. His video work has been screened internationally and he has presented papers on media and film at conferences nationally. His interview with filmmaker Guy Maddin was recently published by the University Press of Mississippi and he is currently a technical instructor on film in the Literature Department at MIT.

Jennifer Arndt-Johns
Jennifer has worked for the last twelve years in the field of film festival administration/programming for the Philadelphia CineFest and the Philadelphia QFest and has also worked with TLA Releasing in theatrical releasing/distribution since 2001. Jennifer received her Master of Fine Arts from Temple University and is a filmmaker, an educator and activist committed to increasing awareness about international adoption around the world. She is the writer/director/producer of Crossing Chasms, a groundbreaking documentary created in 1997 about the adopted Korean experience and has traveled around the world facilitating screenings and speaking engagements with adopted individuals, families, agencies and educators.  She is the founder/director of Rainbow World, a 501.c.3 nonprofit organization committed to creating multimedia educational materials about the international adoption experience.

Charlie Boudreau
Charlie has been working within the Montréal cultural milieu as an artist, promoter and festival programmer for over 20 years. After obtaining degrees in Sociology and Commmunications,  she worked in radio, sound recording and sound designing. In the nineties she was active as a media artist and co-founded the Women’s Action Group of ACT UP Montréal. In 1993, Boudreau did a residency at the Banff Centre for the Arts and has produced numerous independent videos that have been screened at festivals around the world. As well, her photo-based work interrogating gender representation has been exhibited in galleries across Canada and the U.S. Since 1997, Boudreau has held the position of Executive Director of image+nation, Montréal’s International Queer Cinema Festival, now in its 24th year.

Richard Corso
Richard has been involved with FLICKERS: Rhode Island International Film Festival for ten years and has served as the program director for the GLBT Sidebar for the past three years. Richard lives in Providence, RI with his partner of eleven years Don Laliberte.

Stephen Flynn
Stephen, the director of the Long Island Gay and Lesbian Film Festival is an attorney and a life time resident of Long Island. He is a co-founder of the festival now in its 14th year and has been its director for past twelve years. Steve has been active in community affairs his entire life. He was twice recognized  by the Suffolk County Bar Association for his pro bono activities and has been recognized by many of Long Island’s LGBT groups for his community services. Steve started Long Island’s legal clinic for People with Aids in 1985 and participated in it until 2005, when he turned all his community attention to the festival. Steve lives in East Northport Long Island and maintains a small law practice.

Jonathan Gann
Jonathan is the founder of the DC Film Alliance, a non-profit group supporting Washington, DC’s  film and video community, and the creator of the DC Shorts Film Festival; now in its seventh year, the event attracts national and international filmmakers, and has become one of the country’s premier short film showcases.  As a filmmaker, Jon’s notable past projects include: Cyberslut, the first gay-themed short film to screen at over 50 festivals and broadcasts worldwide; Signs, a national 48 Hour Film Project award winner, and Offline, a modern dating parable.  His latest short Breathe. Focus. Octopus. will be screened at CineSLAM 2011. Jon’s new venture, Reel Plan, consults with filmmakers on the festival circuit.  His “festival tips” blog is read by hundreds of filmmakers every week, and through his work, has bridged the communication gap between competing film festivals, so all can share film information, sponsor strategies and filmmaker data.

Before creating DCFA, Mr. Gann created theGannAgency (marketing and design services) and GannFilms (video and film production) – continuously run commercial enterprises since 1989.  tGA has provided web programming services through in-house and contract programmers and designers since the early 1990s.  From 1996-2000, he spun off, a division specifically created to serve the growing dot-com market, and was instrumental in the launch of major web initiatives, including AOL, MCI, Network Solutions, and others.