"Hail Satan?" with Penny Lane

"Hail Satan?" with Penny Lane

The Sanctuary for Independent Media, 3361 6th Ave., Troy, NY 12181

November 16, 2019 4:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Join director Penny Lane for a screening of her new documentary Hail Satan?, a film about The Satanic Temple, including its origins and grassroots political activism. The film shows Satanists working to preserve the separation of church and state against the perceived privilege of the Christian right.

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.

Before the film screening, from 4:30-6:00pm, there will be a “Be the Media!” workshop, “Strategies of Appropriation.” Learn tips and tricks for editing with appropriated footage from the award-winning nonfiction filmmaker, Penny Lane!


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 most recent feature-length documentary HAIL SATAN? recently debuted at Sundance and was released by Magnolia Films.

Her third feature-length documentary THE PAIN OF OTHERS premiered at Rotterdam 2018. Her second feature-length documentary NUTS! premiered at Sundance 2016, and won a Special Jury Award for Editing. Her debut feature-length documentary OUR NIXON premiered at Rotterdam 2013, won “Best of the Festival” at Ann Arbor, and was selected for Closing Night Film at New Directors/New Films. Her 2005 short THE ABORTION DIARIES has become an important organizing and educational tool.

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. She has taught at Colgate University, Bard College, Hampshire College and Williams College.

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