Visiting Filmmakers Series at Mason: Hail Satan? with Penny Lane

Thursday, October 31, 2019 4:30 PM to 7:00 PM EDT
Johnson Center, Cinema

Hail Satan? 

Halloween: Thursday Oct 31 4:30pm

Johnson Center Cinema 

Documentary screening and discussion with director Penny Lane 


*We encourage everyone to wear Halloween costumes! 

Sponsored by Visiting Filmmakers Series at Mason, Film and Video Studies, Film and Media Studies.


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.


Interview: "'I Was Watching Midcentury Hollywood Biblical Epics, Anti-Communist Propaganda Films, and 1970s B-Movies about Devil Worshippers': Penny Lane on Hail Satan?"

Interview: "Penny Lane on the Social Beauties of Satanism and Coming to Terms with Healthy Faith Practice in 'Hail Satan?'"

Penny Lane is an award-winning nonfiction filmmaker who was named one of Filmmaker Magazine‘s “25 New Faces of Independent Film” and a Chicken & Egg Breakthrough Award winner. Her debut feature-length documentary Our Nixon premiered at Rotterdam 2013, had its North American premiere at SXSW, won the Ken Burns Award for “Best of the Festival” at Ann Arbor, and was selected as the Closing Night Film at New Directors/New Films.

Penny's second feature-length documentary Nuts! premiered at Sundance 2016, where it won a Special Jury Award for Editing. It has since screened at many other film festivals such as Hot Docs, Full Frame, Ashland, Maryland, Cleveland, Sarasota and BAFICI.

Her third feature-length documentary The Pain of Others premiered at Rotterdam 2018, and went on to BAMcinemaFest, Sheffield Doc/Fest, SF DocFest, BAFICI, Sarasota and Maryland Film Festivals.

Penny has been awarded grants from the Sundance Institute, Catapult Film Fund, Creative Capital, Cinereach, TFI Documentary Fund, Jerome Foundation, LEF Foundation, NYSCA, Experimental Television Center, IFP and Puffin Foundation. She was named “Most Badass!” at the Iowa City Documentary Film Festival in 2009.

She received her MFA in Integrated Electronic Arts at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and her BA in American Culture and Media Studies at Vassar College. She has taught film, video and new media art at Colgate University, Bard College, Hampshire College and Williams College.

Our screening will be followed by a Q&A with filmmaker Penny Lane. moderated by LuLu Géza Kelemen, Assistant Director for LGBTQ Resources at Mason and Eli Vandergrift, assistant at LGBTQ Resources.

Our event is sponsored by Film and Video Studies, Film and Media Studies, Global Affairs and Global Programs, University Life, History and Art History, EnglishDKA at GMU, the Interdisciplinary Curriculum Committee, and Women and Gender Studies.

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Cynthia Fuchs

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