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Hail Satan?


Location: Redstone Theater

With Penny Lane in person

Dir. Penny Lane. 2019, 95 mins. DCP courtesy Magnolia Pictures. With Lucien Greaves. Preceded by Famous Lunch (2005, 2 mins.). Penny Lane’s entertaining, clear-eyed, and provocative new film Hail Satan? is a surprise. Masterfully employing traditional documentary techniques to unpack its startling subject, Lane follows the members of the Satanic Temple as they stage protests and public actions that seem like publicity stunts but are in fact pointed acts of subversion against the merger of Church and State promoted by Christian Evangelicals. For example, they counter the placement of statues of Ten Commandments in front of state houses in Oklahoma and Arkansas with plans to erect their own statues—of the hybrid goat-headed deity Baphomet. Using archival footage to place Satanism and right-wing Satanic Panic in historical context, Hail Satan? finds, in its present-day footage of the Satanic Temple, unlikely champions of tolerance and free expression.

Tickets: $15 ($11 seniors and students / $9 youth (ages 3–17) / free for children under 3 and Museum members at the Film Lover and Kids Premium levels and above). Order tickets online. (Members may contact [email protected] with questions regarding online reservations.)

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