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Fish Out of Water -- “Fish Out of Water” is a smart, fresh, personal discussion of the seven Bible verses traditionally exploited to condemn homosexuality.
The feature documentary begins with an animated recollection of the fallout at Vanderbilt University when the film’s director, Ky Dickens, came out to her sorority sisters. Their rabid rejection sparks her search for Bible-based condemnation. Crisscrossing America and listening to the country’s impassioned speech on this divisive issue, she speaks with ministers of all denominations, recording the experiences of the oppressed and the justifications of the oppressors.
At the film’s core are interviews with GLBTQ folks from every religion, class and ethnic group who have survived intolerance, most often from their own families. Their searing but soul-soaring stories give the fight  for equality a human voice and face, offering  inspiration to those still ensnared in struggle.  
Golden Globe nominee Kaki King has created an original score for this genre-bending work.  King’s varied mix of keys, strings and rhythm flows effortless from quirky interviews in barbershops and truck stops, to concept-shattering scholarship by leading theologians of today.  
By using original animation as its tool for exploring the Bible, “Fish out of Water” makes this controversial and dusty topic accessible to those who don't like talking about religion and sexuality.
“Fish out of Water,” which takes the subject but not itself too seriously, explodes the conventional arguments of hate. Those who previously contorted the Bible to deny human rights now must face the truth of their own hatred and of God’s unqualified love.

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Cast

 
Terri Abbott ... Herself - LGBTQ Community
James Bankston ... Himself - Clergy (also as Rev. Dr. James Bankston) (as Rev. Dr. Jim Bankston)
Ryan Barrett ... Himself - LGBTQ Community
Trish Bendix ... Herself - LGBTQ Community
Ian Bonner ... Himself - LGBTQ Community
Deana Boozer ... Herself - LGBTQ Community
Sam Bryer ... Himself - LGBTQ Community
Gabriela Caro ... Herself - LGBTQ Community (also as Gabriel Caro) (as Gabriela Caro)
Daylene Christensen ... Herself - LGBTQ Community
Frederick Clarkson ... Himself - Author of Eternal Hostility: The Struggle Between Theocracy and Democracy
Sheldon Culver ... Herself - United Church of Christ, Conference Minister / Co-Author of SteepleJacking (as Rev. Dr. Sheldon Culver)
Candice C. Cusic ... Herself - LGBTQ Community
Gregory Dell ... Himself - Senior Pastor, Retired, Broadway United Methodist Church, Illinois (also as Rev. Gregory Del retired) (as Rev. Greg Dell)
Gerald J. DeSobe ... Himself - Former President American Association of Pastoral Counselors (as Rev. Dr Gerald J. DeSobe LPC)

Ky Dickens ... Herself - Narrator (voice)
Roy Dismuke ... Himself - LGBTQ Community (as Roy Dismuke & Khiry Rashid)
John C. Dorhauer ... Himself - United Church of Christ, Conference Minister / Co-Author of SteepleJacking (also as Rev. Dr. John Dorhauer) (as Rev. Dr. John C. Dorhauer)
Mollie Dowling ... Herself - LGBTQ Community
Eric Drain ... Himself - LGBTQ Community
John Fellers ... Himself - Former Senior Pastor, St. Paul's United Methodist Church, Houston / Former Director of the Institute for Religion & Health, The Texas Medical Center (as Rev. Dr. John Fellers)
Alex Garcia ... Himself - LGBTQ Community
Steven Givot ... Himself - LGBTQ Community (as Steve Givot)
Jeffrey Glenn ... Himself - LGBTQ Community (as Jeff Glenn)
Bill Gubrud ... Himself - LGBTQ Community (also as Bill Gubrud & Jon Larson) (as Bill Gubrud)
Vanessa Hulsey ... Herself - LGBTQ Community
David Ickes ... Himself - Pastor, Gateway Anabaptist Church, Michigan (as Pastor David Ickes)
Jon Larson ... Himself - LGBTQ Community (also as Bill Gubrud & Jon Larson) (as Jon Larson)
Amy-Jill Levine ... Herself - Professor of New Testament Studies, Vanderbilt University, Nashville (also as Dr. Amy Jill Levine) (as Dr. Amy-Jill Levine)
Nichole McClelland ... Herself - LGBTQ Community
Kelly McClure ... Herself - LGBTQ Community
Marilyn Meeker-Williams ... Herself - Former Pastor, Bering Memorial United Methodist Church, Houston, Texas (as Rev. Marilyn Meeker-Williams)
Amber Miller ... Herself - LGBTQ Community
Candice Mulder ... Herself - LGBTQ Community
Jamie Murnane ... Herself - LGBTQ Community
Anthony Navarro ... Himself - LGBTQ Community
Gavin Newsom ... Himself - Mayor of San Francisco (archive footage)
Frederick Niedner ... Himself - Chair of the Theology Department, Valparaiso University, Indiana (also as Rev. Dr. Fred Niedner) (as Rev. Frederick Niedner Th.D.)
Alison Pedersen ... Herself - LGBTQ Community
Fred Phelps ... Himself - Westboro Baptist Church (also as Rev. Fred Phelps) (as Pastor Fred Phelps)
Aurora Pineda ... Herself - LGBTQ Community (also as Aurora Pineda & Karen Rothstein) (as Karen Rothstein-Pineda & Aurora Pineda)
Eddie Prandi ... Himself - LGBTQ Community
Khiry Rashid ... Himself - LGBTQ Community (as Roy Dismuke & Khiry Rashid)
Ken Reidy ... Himself - LGBTQ Community
Yira Rodriquez ... Herself - LGBTQ Community
Karen Rothstein-Pineda ... Herself - LGBTQ Community (also as Aurora Pineda & Karen Rothstein) (as Karen Rothstein-Pineda & Aurora Pineda)
Tristan Silverman ... Herself - LGBTQ Community
Larissa Sims ... Herself - LGBTQ Community
Jennifer Smith ... Herself - LGBTQ Community
John Shelby Spong ... Himself - Bishop, Retired, Episcopal Diocese of Newark (also as Bishop Dr. John Shelby Spong) (as Bishop John Shelby Spong)
Derek Stevens ... Himself - LGBTQ Community
Lauretta Tagli ... Herself - LGBTQ Community
Linda Thomas ... Herself - Professor of Theology, Lutheran School of Theology, Chicago) (also as Dr. Linda Thomas) (as Rev. Dr. Linda E. Thomas)
Isamar Vargas ... Herself - LGBTQ Community

George W. Bush ... Himself - President of the United States (archive footage) (uncredited)
Dick Cheney ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
John Edwards ... Himself - US Senator (D-NC) (archive footage) (uncredited)

Barack Obama ... Himself - President of the United States (archive footage) (uncredited)
Troy Perry ... Himself - Minister, Metropolitan Community Church (archive footage) (uncredited)

Directed by
Ky Dickens 
 
Writing credits
Ky Dickens (written by)

Produced by
Ky Dickens .... executive producer
Katy Haggis .... assistant producer
Kristen Kaza .... producer
Fawzia Mirza .... producer
 
Original Music by
Kaki King (original score by)
 
Film Editing by
C.J. Arellano  (as CJ Arellano)
 
Art Department
Nicole Cavanaugh .... graphic design
Nicole Cavanaugh .... poster design
Lauren Elise Godlove .... graphic design
Lauren Elise Godlove .... poster design
Garret Hansell .... graphic design
Garret Hansell .... poster design
Kyle Harter .... graphic design
Kyle Harter .... poster design
Liz Nielsen .... graphic design
Liz Nielsen .... poster design
Damian Riddell .... graphic design
Damian Riddell .... poster design
 
Sound Department
Ameen Abdulla .... sound designer (as Ameen Abdullah)
Andy Ramsey .... event audio
Steve Wilke .... sound designer: trailer
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Pete Aranda .... gaffer: various interviews
Amanda Clifford .... camera operator
Brian Collins .... camera operator
Julie Freburg .... camera operator
Alice Henriques .... camera operator
Danielle Paz .... gaffer: various interviews
Andy Ramsey .... camera operator
Alexandria Reynolds .... camera operator
Tristan Silverman .... camera operator
Jessamyn Trocio .... camera operator
 
Animation Department
Jamin Clutcher .... additional animator
Jamin Clutcher .... motion graphics
Kyle Harter .... illustrator
Alan Saunders .... animator
Brittany Stover .... additional animator
Brittany Stover .... motion graphics
 
Editorial Department
Mike Abraham .... additional on-line editing
Betty Jo Moore .... additional editing
Anna Patel .... additional editing
Anna Patel .... color correction
Anna Patel .... editor: trailer
Anna Patel .... finishing editor
 
Music Department
Katy Haggis .... music supervisor
Yuval Semo .... composer: additional music
 
Other crew
Gustav A. Archilla .... wedding photo and video donation
Susan Aurinko .... wedding photo and video donation
Sheryl Barnes .... wedding photo and video donation
Allison Bates .... wedding photo and video donation (as Chris and Allison Bates)
Chris Bates .... wedding photo and video donation (as Chris and Allison Bates)
Kevin Beaulieu .... wedding photo and video donation
Ed 'Ralph' Bennett .... wedding photo and video donation
Alexander Bruehl .... wedding photo and video donation
Amit Chaffee .... wedding photo and video donation
Judith Chaisiri .... wedding photo and video donation
Danny Cohen .... educational program
Lauren Cohn-Frankel .... wedding photo and video donation: Cohn Frankel Photography
James Cole .... interview coordinator
Cathy Colpoys .... wedding photo and video donation (as Cathy and Lisa Colpoys)
Lisa Colpoys .... wedding photo and video donation (as Cathy and Lisa Colpoys)
Rob Compton .... wedding photo and video donation
Tonia Cronin .... wedding photo and video donation
Jake Dickens .... production legal counsel
Ryan Endress .... educational program
Ryan Endress .... production coordinator
Ryan Endress .... promotion: cyber community
Damon Frazier .... wedding photo and video donation: Frazier Photography & Video
Jeffrey Friedman .... wedding photo and video donation
Stuart Gaffney .... wedding photo and video donation
Deanna Gambino .... wedding photo and video donation
Ericka Gilbert .... wedding photo and video donation (as Ericka Gilbert and Lennitta S. Gilbert)
Lennitta S. Gilbert .... wedding photo and video donation (as Ericka Gilbert and Lennitta S. Gilbert)
Hylan Givot .... wedding photo and video donation (as Hylan & Steven Givot)
Steven Givot .... wedding photo and video donation (as Hylan & Steven Givot)
Brian Golden .... wedding photo and video donation (as Tracy Kaplan & Brian Golden)
Ajay Gosain .... production legal counsel
Brooklyn Grinhold .... wedding photo and video donation
Emily Gunyou Halaas .... wedding photo and video donation (as Emily Gunyou)
Katy Haggis .... promotion: cyber community
Alia Haider .... wedding photo and video donation
Per Halaas .... wedding photo and video donation
Alice Henriques .... interview coordinator
Roger Hill .... wedding photo and video donation: SF Gay Wedding Video: www.sfgayweddingvideo.com
Sophia Hsu .... wedding photo and video donation
Laura Huntley .... wedding photo and video donationwedding photo and video donation
Peter Ji .... interview coordinator (as Dr. Peter Ji)
Tracey Kaplan .... wedding photo and video donation (as Tracy Kaplan & Brian Golden)
Omid Zakk Karrazz .... wedding photo and video donation
Kristen Kaza .... publicist
Diana Kienle .... wedding photo and video donation
Marc Koenigsberg .... wedding photo and video donation (as Marc and Robb Koenigsberg)
Robb Koenigsberg .... wedding photo and video donation (as Marc and Robb Koenigsberg)
Joe Kopitz .... wedding photo and video donation
Angela Lapman .... wedding photo and video donation
Evanne Levin Gerisch .... production legal counsel
John Lewis .... wedding photo and video donation
James Lipetzky .... wedding photo and video donation
Elmer T. Lokkins .... wedding photo and video donation
Michael Mahoney .... wedding photo and video donation
Fawzia Mirza .... coordinator: stock footage
Fawzia Mirza .... interview coordinator
Fawzia Mirza .... production legal counsel
Kale Moore .... wedding photo and video donation
Jorge A. Moreno Jr. .... wedding photo and video donation
Chelsey Mortenson .... wedding photo and video donation
Thalia Aurinko Mostow .... wedding photo and video donation (as Thalia Aurinko-Mostow)
Carla Osberg .... wedding photo and video donation (as Carla and Meg Osberg)
Meg Osberg .... wedding photo and video donation (as Carla and Meg Osberg)
Darcy Padilla .... wedding photo and video donation
Chad Michael Peters .... wedding photo and video donation
Fracesca Purcell .... wedding photo and video donation
Naomi Raiselle .... wedding photo and video donation: Generation Video
Becky Ramsey .... interview coordinator
Alexandria Reynolds .... interview coordinator
Tina Reynolds .... wedding photo and video donation
Brad Rolfe .... wedding photo and video donation
Nate Russell .... wedding photo and video donation (as Nate and Neil Russell)
Neil Russell .... wedding photo and video donation
Michael Sabatino .... wedding photo and video donation
Cathy Schwamberger .... wedding photo and video donation
The SholesFamily .... wedding photo and video donation: Cohn Frankel Photography
Tristan Silverman .... interview coordinator
Jacquelyn Smith .... wedding photo and video donation
Christine Spong .... interview coordinator
Kevin Tan .... wedding photo and video donation
Jessamyn Trocio .... interview coordinator
Jessamyn Trocio .... promotion: cyber community
Sara Van Wormer .... wedding photo and video donation
Tabbi Vande Voort .... wedding photo and video donation
R. Todd Vlaanderen .... wedding photo and video donation
Robert Vorheis .... wedding photo and video donation
Carol Ann Wallace .... interview coordinator
David Wilson .... wedding photo and video donation
Kevin Young .... interview coordinator
Laura Young .... interview coordinator
Kim Zarro .... wedding photo and video donation
Andy Zwerin .... wedding photo and video donation
 
Thanks
Seth Alexander .... special thanks (as Seth J. A. Alexander)
Pete Aranda .... special thanks
Tracy Baim .... special thanks
Trish Bendix .... special thanks
Alex Blaze .... special thanks
Kitty Bouchard .... special thanks
Belinda Bremner .... special thanks
Annie Britton .... special thanks
Ralph Bronner .... special thanks: Dr. Bronner's Magic Soaps
Pat Bumgardner .... special thanks: MCC NYC
Ben Carr .... special thanks
Lucy Carr .... special thanks
Emily Carter .... special thanks
Don Chaddock .... special thanks
Glen Chaumers .... special thanks (as Father Glen Chaumers)
Bernard Cherkasov .... special thanks
Amanda Clifford .... special thanks
James Cole .... special thanks
Brian Collins .... special thanks
Ann Craig .... special thanks: Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD )
John Darlington .... special thanks: Christ United Methodist Church
Gregory Dell .... dedicatee: to the ministry of (as Pastor Greg Dell)
Gregory Dell .... special thanks (as Pastor Greg Dell)
Janine Denomme .... special thanks: Center on Halstead
Ariel Keith Dickens .... special thanks
Belinda Dickens .... special thanks (as Jake & Belinda Dickens)
Jake Dickens .... dedicatee: and the unwavering love and support of (as Jake and Katrina Dickens)
Jake Dickens .... special thanks (as Jake & Belinda Dickens)
Katrina Dickens .... dedicatee: and the unwavering love and support of (as Jake and Katrina Dickens)
Katrina Dickens .... special thanks
Steven Dickens .... special thanks
Steph Dillon .... special thanks
Alicia Eller .... special thanks
Richard Fammeree .... special thanks
Buffy Feinstein .... special thanks
John Fellers .... dedicatee: to the memory of (as Rev. Dr. John Fellers)
Dominique Ferrari .... special thanks
S. Flynn .... special thanks: Flynnworks
Julie Freburg .... special thanks
Gina Gallagher .... special thanks
Gina Gallego .... special thanks
Roman Gallego .... special thanks
Al Gini .... special thanks: National Public Radio (NPR )
Amy Goldfeder .... special thanks
Bryna Gootkind .... special thanks: Velour Music Group
Ajay Gosain .... special thanks
Randy Goss .... special thanks
Douglas Grandstaff .... special thanks (as Douglas and Lisa Grandstaff)
Lisa Grandstaff .... special thanks (as Douglas and Lisa Grandstaff)
Kate Greenberg .... special thanks (as Miki and Kate Greenberg)
Miki Greenberg .... special thanks (as Miki and Kate Greenberg)
Bill Gubrud .... special thanks: MTM
Denise Hagerla .... special thanks: SAGE - Center on Halstead
Paul Haggis .... special thanks
Scott Hall .... special thanks
Martinique Haller .... special thanks
Josh Hamilton .... special thanks
Jeremiah Hammerling .... special thanks
Samantha Hart .... special thanks: Foundation Post
Jason Heidemen .... special thanks: Time Out, Chicago
Tim Hite .... special thanks: MTM
Heather Imrie .... special thanks: Rape Statistics Help
Peter Ji .... special thanks (as Dr. Peter Ji)
Andrew Kaza .... special thanks
Nancy Kaza .... special thanks (as Paul and Nancy Kaza)
Paul Kaza .... special thanks (as Paul and Nancy Kaza)
Stephanie Kaza .... special thanks
Glenn Key .... special thanks: PrimeTimers - Center on Halsted
Mark Klein .... special thanks
Cathy Knight .... special thanks: Church Within a Church
Jeff Krasno .... special thanks: Velour Music
Betty Lark Ross .... special thanks
Britta Larson .... special thanks
Jon Larson .... special thanks
Linda Larson .... special thanks (as Linda & Rolf Larson)
Rolf Larson .... special thanks (as Linda & Rolf Larson)
Paul Lisy .... special thanks: eFootage
Hanna LoPatin .... special thanks
Scott Loree .... special thanks: Bering Memorial United Methodist Church
Lauren Marcoccio .... special thanks
Bryan McLean .... special thanks
Anne Mcwilliams .... special thanks
Tamika Miller .... special thanks
Chelsey Mortenson .... special thanks
Rich Moskal .... special thanks: Chicago Film Office
Joe Mosko .... special thanks (as Joe and Nancy Mosko)
Nancy Mosko .... special thanks (as Joe and Nancy Mosko)
Jamie Murnane .... special thanks
Gavin Newsom .... special thanks
Bonnie Ognisanti .... special thanks (as Michael and Bonnie Ognisanti)
Michael Ognisanti .... special thanks (as Michael and Bonnie Ognisanti)
Alison Pedersen .... special thanks
Shirley Phelps-Roper .... special thanks (as Shirley Phelps)
Natalie Phillips .... special thanks
Katie Piefer .... dedicatee: to the friendship of
Aurora Pineda .... special thanks: Amigas Latinas
Laura Poitras .... special thanks
Munib Raad .... special thanks
Becky Ramsey .... special thanks
Alena Ratner .... special thanks
Meg Rodgers .... special thanks
Monique Rodriquez .... special thanks
Erik Roldan .... special thanks
Janine Rose .... special thanks: News 12 Westchester
Tara Rosenblum .... special thanks
Trace Ryan .... special thanks
Michael Sabatino .... special thanks
Lisa Salvadorini .... special thanks: News 12 Westchester
Jake Schultz .... special thanks
Brenda Schumacher .... special thanks
Benedict Silverman .... special thanks (as Benedict & Jayne Silverman)
Evy Silverman .... special thanks (as Jon & Evy Silverman)
Jayne Silverman .... special thanks (as Benedict & Jayne Silverman)
Jon Silverman .... special thanks (as Jon & Evy Silverman)
Jacquie Stern .... special thanks: Thought Equity
Noreen Szeluga .... special thanks
Aiden McRae Thomson .... special thanks
Vernice Thorn .... special thanks: Broadway Chicago
Emily Torgrimson .... special thanks
Jessamyn Trocio .... special thanks
Ernie Turney .... special thanks: Bering Memorial United Methodist Church
Bridgett Vohland .... special thanks
Mary Wagner .... special thanks
Karen Waters .... special thanks (as Karen and Rex Waters)
Rachel Waters .... special thanks
Rex Waters .... special thanks (as Karen and Rex Waters)
Ken Weinstein .... special thanks: Big Hassle Media
Bethany Wells .... special thanks
Traci West .... special thanks
Mary Beth White .... special thanks
Laura Wrzesinski .... special thanks
Kevin Young .... special thanks (as Kevin & Laura Young)
Laura Young .... special thanks (as Kevin & Laura Young)
Jenna Zirbel .... special thanks
 

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Runtime:
59 min | USA:60 min
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Color:
Color | Black and White (film clips and archive photographs)
Sound Mix:
Stereo (LtRt)

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1 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
Fish Out of Water (2009), 23 July 2013
Author: lissitellez from United States

This movie is well documented uses scripture it keeps your interest going it is fast pace. I would like to say that God does love a gay person however even though He does love gay people does not mean He approves this lifestyle. God does not want you to be deceived. He loves you too much. The bible does say there will be severe consequences and whether you accept it as truth or not does not make it any less true. He is the only one who can set you free the choice is up to you. He wants you as you are and if you give Him permission He will totally transform the person that you are to the one God says you can be. He is waiting with love and open arms He will not take anyone by force.

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