Magnolia Pictures' upcoming documentary Raise Hell: The Life and Times of Molly Ivins will have a special advance screening prior to its Texas-only opening on August 30. The film will expand nationwide in September.
Molly Ivins was not your typical political reporter. Brash, witty, and standing six-foot-tall, this Texan firebrand spent her 40-year career fighting corruption, defending free speech, and making all the right enemies. A pioneering woman in a male-dominated field, she skewered the good old boys’ system with her incisive writing and her gift for deploying a well-timed bon mot torpedo on her targets.
A sharp and heartfelt look at her incredible life, Raise Hell features interviews with Molly’s admirers, both public and personal. Rachel Maddow and Dan Rather show up to sing her praises, set alongside archival footage of her doing what she does best – speaking for herself. By turns moving and hilarious, it’s a candid portrait of a reporter who shined with moral clarity, even while matching legislators drink for drink.
Filmmaker Richard Linklater, former Texas Agriculture Commissioner Jim Hightower, Texas Tribune Editor-in-Chief Emily Ramshaw, and director Janice Engel will be on hand at Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar in Austin for a post-screening conversation, which will be live-streamed to additional Texas Alamo Drafthouse locations.
Times differ per location; check website for exact times.