Raise Hell: The Life and Times of Molly Ivins
Tue, Mar 17, 2pm
Teatro Santa Ana
La Biblioteca, Reloj 50A
By Kate Frank Cohen
“It’s a rare documentary that so expertly captures the singular essence of its subject.”
—The Austin Chronicle
Following two sold-out presentations in February, the documentary film series Reel Docs will present an encore screening of Raise Hell: The Life and Times of Molly Ivins on Tuesday, March 17. This highly praised movie, which debuted at Sundance Film Festival 2019, is as sharp, funny, and irreverent as its subject, media firebrand Molly Ivins (1944–2007). Raise Hell documents the life and work of this full-blooded Texan—a celebrated, nationally syndicated political columnist, best-selling author, two-time Pulitzer Prize nominee, and Bill of Rights advocate—who used her razor-sharp wit to speak truth to power.
Receiving a resounding Rotten Tomatoes 94 percent “Fresh Tomato” critics’ score and a 100 percent audience score, Raise Hell has received wide acclaim. In his review, Washington Post critic Michael O’Sullivan wrote, “With free speech under attack, and truth telling seemingly in short supply, Raise Hell offers an entertaining and bracing look at one of journalism’s least punch-pulling practitioners.” RogerEbert.com praised the film, saying, “There was never anybody like Molly Ivins before, and never will be again, and this documentary does a fine job of capturing what made her special.” The documentary landed a coveted spot on “Flavorwire’s Top-25 Films of 2019,” describing Ivins as “a timeless commentator of the Will Rogers and Mark Twain school.”
Raise Hell was an official selection at several 2019 film festivals, including Sundance (after which it was picked up for distribution by Magnolia Pictures), Full Frame Film Documentary Festival, San Francisco Film Festival, and the SXSW and Minneapolis St Paul festivals, where it was honored with the Audience Award.
Raise Hell: The Life and Times of Molly Ivins will be shown on Tuesday, March 17, at 2pm, in the Biblioteca’s newly renovated Teatro Santa Ana.Tickets are 150 pesos and may be purchased at the theater’s box office, Reloj 50A, Monday–Friday, 10am–6pm (closed for comida 2:45-3:15pm) or online at labibliotecapublica.org/teatro-santa-ana. Reel Docs is grateful to Magnolia Pictures for granting permission for this encore screening.
Please note: Advanced-purchase ticket holders are asked to arrive at least 15 minutes before the program begins to be seated. Reel Docs films often sell out and unclaimed seats will be released to standbys on a first-come, first-served basis at showtime. Also, note that once the film has started, latecomers cannot be seated. For more information about the Reel Docs visit www.reeldocs.org and www.facebook.com/reeldocs.