Tuesday, November 10, 2009

ReelChicago.com Interviews Ky Dickens about being a 'Fish out of Water'

Producer cashed in her IRA to fund film. Ky Dickens' doc got top spot at Gay/Lebian Fest....Those are the words that headline ReelChicago's article about Director Ky Dickens and the film FISH OUT OF WATER. ReelChicago.com is an online magazine dedicated to news/reviews/articles and resources for film folks of Chicago. Writer, Ed M. Koziarski interviewed Ky and discussed the film, the animation and the illustration, the evolution of the narrator from bird to her, and the soundtrack by Golden-Globe nominee, Kaki King. Read this awesome article in its entirety at: http://www.reelchicago.com/story.cfm?storyID=2571.

Deep Dish Blogger Picked FISH OUT OF WATER!

Check out fellow-e-blogger, Deep Dish with his Groovy Gay picks for Reeling, Chicago's Gay and Lesbian Film Festival - Fish out of Water is high on the list!


Saturday, October 24, 2009

Ky Dickens on Windy City Queercast: Queer and Now

Listen to Director of FISH OUT OF WATER, Ky Dickens, on the Windy City Queercast: Queer and Now, hosted by Amy Matheny. Ky talks about the film and about its upcoming Chicago premiere as part of Reeling Gay and Lesbian Film Festival on November 8th!

Special thanks to Amy Matheny for taking a special interest in this issue!

Here is the link to listen in: http://www.windycityqueercast.com/?p=447

Tuesday, October 20, 2009


You have asked and we are answering! The Chicago Premiere of FISH OUT OF WATER will happen in November as part of Reeling Gay and Lesbian International Film Festival!

The premiere will take place at 5:00pm on NOVEMBER 8th at the Music Box Theatre at 3733 N. Southport Ave in Chicago!! We are really excited about this because we are the Documentary Centerpiece of the Festival!!

Tickets are officially on sale and the link to purchase tickets is below. You will notice two links. One is to buy tickets to the film ($10/ticket) and the other is to buy tickets to the film and after party ($20 and includes drink specials).

Also, please forward as widely as possibly, to anyone you know who would like to come - we need to fill the house! If you cannot attend, email fawzia@fishoutofwaterfilm.com to donate a ticket to someone who otherwise couldn't afford to attend.



Tuesday, October 13, 2009

First Annual Advertising Community Shorts Night: Midwest Independent Film Festival October 6th, 2009

Fish out of Water filmmakers and members of the production team attended the Midwest Independent Film Festival's first annual advertising community shorts night at the Landmark Century Theatre on Tuesday, October 6th. The film's editor and colorist, Anna Patel, screened her short at the festival, A Nephilim Grieves as a part of the evening. Her film World Premiered in 2009 at the Chicago International Film Festival.

Fish out of Water
Director, Ky Dickens, Anna Patel, and Producer, Fawzia Mirza, are pictured above on the left. On the lower right are Anna Patel, Fawzia Mirza and Samantha Hart, the Creative Director/Co-President of Foundation Content, the post-production house where the film was finished.

*event photos courtesy of Heather Stumpf and Popio Stumpf Photography.

Monday, September 28, 2009

October Update: FOOW Goes to Kansas and Arkansas!

Happy Fall, Fish Fans!

It's going to be a busy October for the FOOW team as we split up to cover Kansas and Arkansas October 22nd-24th!The film will screen at Tall Grass Film Festival in Wichita, Kansas Friday, October 23rd at 1:30 pm and Saturday, October 24th at 11:45 am (location TBD), and Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival in Hot Springs, Arkansas Thursday, October 22nd at 7:00 PM at the historic Malco Theaterr.

Big thanks to the organizers of both these festivals for their commitment to bringing FOOW to their fests. The enthusiasm has been overwhelming!

Stay tuned for location and ticket information, and share this with all your Kansas and Arkansas dwelling friends!



Friday, August 7, 2009

Fish out of Water to screen at the Rhode Island International Film Festival tomorrow, Saturday August 8th!

Hey there, New England Fish Fans!

Tomorrow is your chance to see Fish out of Water on the Big Screen! FOOW will make its East Coast Premiere at the Rhode Island International Film Festival (RIIFF) tomorrow Saturday, August 8th, at 7:15pm, at the Bell Street Chapel, 5 Bell St., Providence, Rhode Island. This special screening is especially important because it engages the debate on this issue on the religious battlefield of Rhode Island where gay marriage has yet to be legalized, unlike its New England neighbors. Director Ky Dickens and Producer Fawzia Mirza will answer questions after the film. You can purchase tickets online or by calling 401.861.4445.

Also, big thanks to our friends at Marriage Equality Rhode Island (MERI) for the wonderful post about our film.

We hope to see you at the show!

Stay tuned for more updates on the latest FOOW screenings and happenings!



Saturday, July 11, 2009

Updates from Outest!

Greetings from Los Angeles!

We are three days into our Outfest excursion and things are already bananas!

The festival kicked off at the beautiful Orpheum Theatre Thursday night with a series of honors and introductions, including an Achievement Award for out Writer/Director Don Roo (The Opposite of Sex, Single White Female) introduced by Lisa Kudrow and and Christina Ricci. Executive Director Kirsten Schaffer gave a compelling speech about GLBT film and visibility, declaring that gay rights must be, "recognized, equalized, and legalized." We couldn't have said it better. La Mission, featuring Benjamin Bratt directed by Peter Bratt, opening up the festival and didn't leave a dry eye in the house. Watch out for this film.

Friday we had the immense pleasure of spending the afternoon with Adam Bouska, the photographer behind the No H8 Campaign. Photos of the FOOW team in the duct taped, white tees outfits to come! (Can you imagine us not being able to talk for more than five minutes?)

Ticket sales for Fish out of Water are selling quick, and the RSVP list of some very familiar VIPs is growing! Please share this link with everyone you know in the LA area; we want to sell this puppy out!

We've met a slew of incredible film folks, including Director Nicole Opper of Off and Running and Tamar Clezerman of The Other War.

We've got more videos, photos, and announcements to come! Follow us on twitter for all the up-to-the-minute happenings! We couldn't be here without your endless support and enthusiasm.

Love and gratitude,


Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Fish out of Water to World Premiere at Outfest in Los Angeles!

We are thrilled to announce that we have chosen to premiere Fish out of Water at Outfest, the oldest continuously-running film festival in Los Angeles. Outfest, sponsored by HBO, will feature Fish out of Water on Saturday night, July 18th, at the Fairfax Theater at 7:30pm.

Tickets are only $13 and they are going FAST!
You can buy tickets at this link: BUY TICKETS

We chose to premiere Fish out of Water in the battleground of Proposition 8, as it is the ideal platform for our film’s timely and vital message. Outfest has a history of extraordinary premieres, including: The Times of Harvey Milk, Trembling Before God, and Paris is Burning.

If you cannot join us for our premiere in California, don’t worry! Fish out of Water will be rounding the festival circuit this fall and will hopefully be coming to a theater near you. To follow our festival schedule and exciting film updates, please follow us

on facebook, our blog, and Twitter!

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Slapped in the face again: Prop 8 is upheld in California

The California Supreme Court has upheld a voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage, but it also decided that the estimated 18,000 gay couples who tied the knot before the law took effect will stay wed.

The decision Tuesday rejected an argument by gay rights activists that the ban revised the California constitution's equal protection clause to such a dramatic degree that it first needed the Legislature's approval.

To read more, visit the Huffington Post

This is a giant slap in the face after November's major blow, and feels like a devastating step back after the recent victories for marriage equality in states like Vermont and Iowa. It also serves as a reminder to us all that we still have an uphill battle ahead, and why education and advocacy is more important than ever.

We highly encourage you to pass along the Fish out of Water trailer to your friends, families, co-workers, neighbors, baristas and bartenders and anyone else you can think of in the spirit of awareness and change: Official Fish out of Water film trailer

Step by step we WILL get there. Stay tuned...

Fish out of Water family

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Iowa Supreme Court set to rule Friday on same-sex marriage

Hey FOOW Fans,

In addition to Vermont, Iowa is joining the fight for same-sex marriage.

Iowa Supreme Court set to rule Friday on same-sex marriage Statewide gatherings planned in response for supporters of marriage equality Today the Iowa Supreme Court posted notice of a Friday ruling in the Varnum v. Brien marriage case that could lead to the freedom to marry for gay couples in Iowa. If the Court upholds the August 2007 District Court ruling, Iowa would join Massachusetts and Connecticut in offering marriage licenses to committed same-sex couples.

One Iowa
, the state’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) advocacy group, is planning community gatherings across Iowa on Friday evening. The rallies are designed to give marriage supporters an opportunity to gather and express their support for marriage equality, regardless of the outcome. “We’re hopeful to gather tomorrow evening in celebration of a historic ruling that will ensure that all Iowa families are treated fairly. Win, lose, or draw, we want our community and allies to come together to share in this historic moment,” said Carolyn Jenison, Executive Director of One Iowa.

One Iowa, the state’s largest LGBT advocacy organization, is dedicated to supporting full equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals living in Iowa through grassroots education and advocacy.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Vermont proposes same-sex marriage-Show your support!

Hey you same-sex loving people and fans of same-sex loving people:

The first state to have civil unions is making gay history yet again this week. Although our country took huge steps back in the fight for gay rights with Prop 8, we could take another incredible step forward with gay marriage rights in Vermont.

Tonight is the public hearing for bill S.115, which would eliminate discrimination against gay and lesbian couples in Vermont’s marriage laws, while protecting the right of clergy and religious organizations to refuse to perform marriages contrary to their faith. To follow the hearing, you can listen at the Vermont Freedom to Marry website.

Although Vermont may seem far away, this decision affects every GLBTQA person in America. Everyone thought that California would vote no on Prop 8, and look what happened. Show your support, Sign the Marriage Resolution.

Get behind your community, and send your good energy over to those granola eating, patchouli smelling, flannel wearing same-sex loving Vermonters!


Fish out of Water

Monday, March 9, 2009

Photos from our Brooklyn Bash!

Hey Fish Fans!

Our first NYC fundraiser was a fabulous affair! Big thanks to everyone who came out and all those who spread the word to their NYC friends. Also we want want to thank Elizabeth Harper & The Matinee, DJ Chaz Requina and DJ Patrick Wimberly for their amazing performances. We couldn't have pulled this off without the help from our friends and Chris Conry for coordinating the event. Big apprecations to Monkey Town for hosting the event in their fantastic space.

Check out more photos of the party on our facebook page.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Amanda Lepore and FOOW? Yes, please!

Hello fish friends,

Last night our friend and NYC Event Coordinator Chris had drinks with the one-and-only Amanda Lepore, who promised an appearance at our upcoming party at Monkey Town in Williamsburg, Brooklyn Saturday, February 28th.

Suffice it so say, this is not a gig you want to miss. If you live cities away and cannot make it, please send the event info to your NYC friends. Everyone knows someone in New York, so you don't have an excuse:

"Bait & Tackle: A Fish out of Water Film Fundraiser"

Monkey Town-Williamsburg, Brooklyn

Saturday, February 28th 10pm-4am

Featuring: DJ Chaz Requina (Palms Out) DJ Patrick Wimberly (Chairlift), and Elizabeth Harper & the Matinee and the premiere of the Fish out of Water official trailer

$10/advance, $15/door: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/55042

First 50 guests receive a gift bag, including an ever-informative Time Out New York guidebook.

Can't wait to see you there...

The Fish out of Water Team

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

After Ellen Article by Jamie Murnane

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