Official Selection: Rotterdam Film Festival
Director Penny (Nuts!) Lane’s latest documentary, Hail Satan? focuses on The Satanic Temple, presenting a perfectly pitched portrait of those contemporary Satanists who are dedicated to reason, empathy, and freedom. Alongside exploring the history of The Satanic Temple, Lane is granted access to the group as they undertake various campaigns, including one to erect a statue of Baphoment in response to a statue of the Ten Commandments. By turns fascinating, illuminating, and wryly amusing, Hail Satan? is an inspirational pleasure to watch.
“It's a sly primer in homegrown grassroots activism.” – Chicago Tribune
“Their ripe grassroots activism and media manipulation makes Goth pranksterism one with the great absurdist activists, not limited to the Church of the SubGenius and the Yes Men. Penny Lane’s light-hearted, levelheaded look inspires on multiple levels.” – New City
“At a time when evangelical groups are effectively attempting to retcon America into a Christian nation — a time when they’re eager to support godless men like Donald Trump so long as he pledges to advance their otherwise inflexible doctrine — there’s an urgent need for a sociopolitical counter-myth, and that’s exactly what The Satanic Temple exists to provide.” - IndieWire