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New Releases May 10 – May 30, 2019

Hail Satan?

Dir. Penny Lane USA 95 min

2019 Magnolia Pictures

Chronicling the extraordinary rise of one of the most colorful and controversial religious movements in American history, Hail Satan? is an inspiring and entertaining new feature documentary from acclaimed director Penny Lane (Nuts!, Our Nixon). When media-savvy members of the Satanic Temple organize a series of public actions designed to advocate for religious freedom and challenge corrupt authority, they prove that with little more than a clever idea, a mischievous sense of humor, and a few rebellious friends, you can speak truth to power in some truly profound ways. As charming and funny as it is thought-provoking, Hail Satan? offers a timely look at a group of often misunderstood outsiders whose unwavering commitment to social and political justice has empowered thousands of people around the world. 

— Magnolia Pictures

"One point made in this wry and illuminating documentary from Penny Lane is that the group that calls itself the Satanic Temple is not composed of devil worshipers. It’s probably not even a religion, at least in the theistic sense. Its adherents have rallied around seven tenets that sound — well, pretty nice. These include striving 'to act with compassion and empathy toward all creatures' and promoting beliefs that conform to a 'scientific understanding of the world'...The Satanic Temple, founded in 2013, is basically the Yes Men with an ethos, using humor and outrageous behavior to call attention to hypocrisy, particularly when it comes to incursions of religion into the public sphere." — The New York Times

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