The Life & Times of Molly Ivins"
You could take Molly Ivins out of Texas but you could not take Texas out of Molly Ivins. Raise Hell: The Life & Times of Molly Ivins examines how the Houston-raised, Austin-based columnist/author employed her razor-sharp wit, keen political insights, and unapologetic Texas attitude to not just become the state’s (unabashedly liberal) voice of common sense but one of the nation's most widely circulated and read newspaper columnists across the country. Director Janice Engel toggles back and forth between Ivin’s rise to national prominence and her struggles with alcohol and the breast cancer that would eventually claim her life in 2007. The documentary features interviews with Dan Rather, Rachel Maddow, Cecile Richards, Jim Hightower, and many of Ivins’ friends, colleagues, and members of the Texas Legislature she covered in news stories and columns for the Texas Observer, the Dallas Times Herald, and the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Raise Hell: The Life & Times of Molly Ivins will screen during the SXSW Film Festival at 11:30 a.m. March 11 at the Paramount Theatre, 6 p.m. March 12 at the AFS Cinema, and 10:45 a.m. March 14 at the Alamo South Lamar. Janice Engel previously directed Ted Hawkins: Amazing Grace, The Road to Miss America, Motorcycle Women, and the TV series Milk Carton Kids and Operation Infrastructure.
Aired: March 4, 2019