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.
Documentary, R, 1 hr. 35 min., 2019
El Desencanto Showtimes
Friday, May 31, 7:00 pm
Saturday, June 1, 7:00 pm
Sunday, June 2, 7:00 pm
Monday, June 3, 1:30 pm
Monday, June 3, 7:00 pm
In 1974, young filmmaker Jaime Chávarri set out to make a film about the widow and three sons of Leopoldo Panero, the poet laureate of the fascist Spanish Franco regime. As the camera looks on, matriarch Felicidad Panero and her three talented, wildly eccentric sons lounge around the family home, smoke copious cigarettes, and discuss their neuroses and family secrets with unabashed and sometimes shocking candor. Though Chávarri intended the film to be simply a Grey Gardens-esque look at the family’s idiosyncrasies, the film’s very public airing of the Panero family’s troubles came to be seen as a metaphor for a nation reckoning with the traumas of the Franco era. Though it is a cult classic in Spain, El Desencanto has not been distributed in the United States until now.
Documentary, not rated, 1 hr. 36 min, 1976
Spanish with English subtitles.
The Raft Showtimes
Friday, June 7, 7:00 pm
Sunday, June 9, 7:00 pm
Monday, June 10, 1:30 pm
Monday, June 10, 7:00 pm
There will be no screening Saturday, June 8.
In 1973, five men and six women drifted across the Atlantic on a raft as part of a scientific experiment studying the sociology of violence, aggression and sexual attraction in human behavior. Although the project became known in the press as ‘The Sex Raft’, nobody expected what ultimately took place on that three month journey. Through extraordinary archive material and a reunion of the surviving members of the expedition on a full scale replica of the raft, this film tells the hidden story behind what has been described as ‘one of the strangest group experiments of all time.’
Documentary, not rated, 1 hr. 37 min., 2018