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This Is What Love in Action Looks Like -- A gay youth is sent to a Christian-backed gay conversion camp by his parents which ignites an international protests against the organization. An important and emotional documentary on the on-going religious intolerance against homosexuality.


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Alice Buchanan ... Herself
Lance Carroll ... Himself
Chris Davis ... Himself
Katherine Dohan ... Herself
David Fountain ... Himself (archive footage) (as YouTube User DavidFountain)

Morgan Jon Fox ... Himself
E.J. Friedman ... Himself (as EJ Friedman)
Roy Gilbert-Higginson ... Himself (as Dr. Roy Gilbert-Higginson)
Brett Hanover ... Himself
Lauren Henry ... Herself
Sharon Horne ... Herself (as Sharon Horne Phd)
Elise Masur ... Herself

Chris Matthews ... Himself (archive footage)
Will McElroy ... Himself
Ada Price ... Herself
Pat Robertson ... Himself (archive footage)
Laylee Safa ... Herself

Diane Sawyer ... Herself (archive footage)
John Smid ... Himself
Zach Stark ... Himself
Alanna Stewart ... Herself
Morgan Stewart ... Herself
Brock Terwilleger ... Himself
Brandon Tidwell ... Himself
Peterson Toscano ... Himself
Eileen Townsend ... Herself
Janelle Treibitz ... Herself
Janessa Williams ... Herself

Montel Williams ... Himself The Montel Williams Show (archive footage)

Paula Zahn ... Herself (archive footage)

Directed by
Morgan Jon Fox 
Produced by
Rebecca Adelman .... executive producer
Bruce Garrett .... associate producer
Alicia George .... associate producer
Adam Hohenberg .... associate producer
Peterson Toscano .... associate producer
Original Music by
Alan Hayes 
Cinematography by
Morgan Jon Fox 
Film Editing by
Andy Bond 
Brad Phelan 
Production Management
Sarah Fleming .... post-production supervisor
Sound Department
Kevin Houston .... sound designer
Camera and Electrical Department
Sarah Fleming .... videographer
Morgan Jon Fox .... videographer
Bruce Garrett .... still photographer
Brett Hanover .... camera operator: additional footage
Saki Manousakis .... videographer
Christopher Reyes .... videographer
Ben Siler .... camera operator: additional footage
Animation Department
Christopher Reyes .... animator
Christopher Reyes .... graphic artist
Editorial Department
Arya Ryan Azada .... post-production assistant
Chellie Bowman .... post-production assistant
Music Department
E.J. Friedman .... music supervisor (as EJ Friedman)
Other crew
Ryan Azada .... production assistance
Chellie Bowman .... production assistance
Declan Deely .... production assistance
Will Freeman .... production assistance
Shelly Gillette .... production assistance
Derrick McCollumn .... production assistance
John Tom Roemer .... production assistance
Freddie Romero .... production assistance
Elyza Touzeau .... production assistance
Janessa Williams .... production assistance
Jenny Bartlett-Prescott .... special thanks
Will Batts .... special thanks
Carol Bicker .... special thanks
Jon Thor Birgisson .... special thanks (as Jonsi)
Craig Brewer .... special thanks
Jake Casey .... special thanks
Margaret Cho .... special thanks
Declan Deely .... special thanks
Arnold Drake .... special thanks (as Dr. Arnold Drake)
Ben Fox .... special thanks
Erin Hagee .... special thanks
Brett Hanover .... special thanks
Jeff Harwood .... special thanks
Laura Jean Hocking .... special thanks
Mark Jones .... special thanks
Cale LeFebre .... special thanks
Terry Leslie .... special thanks
C. Scott McCoy .... special thanks
Eileen Meyer .... special thanks
Anita Moyt .... special thanks
Jenny Myers .... special thanks
Iddo Patt .... special thanks
Ann Phillips .... special thanks
Peggy Phillips .... special thanks
Len Piechowski .... special thanks
Edna Pletchetero .... special thanks
Alex Polotski .... special thanks
Jenny Sloane .... special thanks
Jon W. Sparks .... special thanks
Janelle Treibitz .... special thanks
Robin Tucker .... special thanks
Vallbus .... special thanks
Christian Walker .... special thanks
Barbara Wrenn .... special thanks
Herb Zimmerman .... special thanks

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74 min
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2 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
An earnest, well-meant failure, 26 July 2012
Author: jm10701 from United States

I am happy and very grateful that I'm gay. I'm also happy and very grateful that Jesus loves me exactly as I am and MADE me exactly as I am. I would tend to support a movie like this, but it surprised me by leaving me completely flat.

All the people interviewed as victims of Love in Action seem to be quite articulate, healthy and remarkably well-adjusted, which leaves me asking, "What harm did LIA do these people?" If anything, they seem better adjusted than people I know who never even heard of LIA or Exodus or any other ex-gay ministry.

It's as if the LIA experience strengthened them and clarified for them that being gay really ISN'T something they can change. That's good, not bad. When a documentary that proposes to expose something bad ends up making it look not so bad at all, the documentary must be a failure, right?

There's no passion in this movie, no fire in its belly, no exposé of abuse or injustice, nothing to get stirred up and indignant about. The movie just shows a few mild-mannered, well-intentioned, respectful protesters protesting against a few mild-mannered, well-intentioned (misguided, certainly, but evidently harmless), respectful people running a silly but harmless sort of ministry.

There's a lot of talk in this movie about shame and fear and hatred, but there is not a single sign of anything like that anywhere in it. It's just very bland. A lot of talk, but no bite.

I'm not saying that the ex-gay movement is harmless by any means, but that's how this movie makes it look; so this movie fails in its mission.

The only truly disturbing element in this movie is the parents who are so blind and so screwed up themselves that they would force their child against his will into a program whose intention is to make the child into something the parents are not ashamed of. That is abominable and inexcusable abuse.

The kid in this movie is lucky that the program his horrible parents sent him to was so innocuous. If he has lasting emotional scars from this ordeal, they will be from what his cruel, selfish parents did to him, not from what the silly people at Love in Action did to him.

If the title of this movie had been This Is What Bad Parenting Looks Like, and if the parents had been the target of the exposé instead of the LIA program, the movie would have been more successful. But by focusing on a silly, harmless program rather than on the contempt parents show their children in forcing them INTO those programs, the movie missed its mark.

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