HBO and O'Donnell Partner on Gay Cruise Documentary

News   HBO and O'Donnell Partner on Gay Cruise Documentary Throughout the r family vacations' week-long premiere cruise in July, HBO documentarians were busily filming much of the activity on the ship, including interviews with various travelers.

Variety reports that Sheila Nevins, HBO's documentary/family president, will executive produce the documentary that chronicles the July 11-18 cruise from New York to the Bahamas and back. Rosie and Kelli O'Donnell are also executive producers on the project, and Shari Cookson is producer and director. HBO's Nevins told Variety, "We're delighted to be in business with Rosie again, and we are honored that she is entrusting this documentary — which explores true family values and celebrates difference — to HBO. The gay family cruise gives children a chance to be among others in like circumstances."

Founded by Rosie and Kelli O'Donnell and Gregg Kaminsky, r family vacations offered a seven-day, family-friendly cruise especially designed for the gay and lesbian community. Over 500 families took part in the cruise, which also boasted a host of Broadway entertainment, including performances by Christine Ebersole, Julia Murney, Liz McCartney, Euan Morton, Cary Shields and others.

O'Donnell told Variety, "It was an amazing week. In seven days, 1,600 people became a community." A second cruise is scheduled for July 2005.

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