Raise Hell: The Life & Times of Molly Ivins

Audience Award ~ Festival Favorites
South by Southwest
There was never anybody like Molly Ivins before, and never will be again, and this documentary does a fine job of capturing what made her special.


Raise Hell: The Life & Times of Molly Ivins

Raise Hell: The Life and Times of Molly Ivins tells the story of media firebrand Molly Ivins. Often compared to Mark Twain, Ivins was six feet of Texas trouble who, despite her Houston pedigree, took on Good Old Boy corruption wherever she found it. Best-selling author, Pulitzer Prize-nominated journalist, popular TV pundit, Molly had a nation of “fans” and “frenemies.” She courageously spoke truth to power and it cost her more than once. But Molly always served up her quality reportage with a heaping dollop of humor. The gal was funny! Her razor-sharp wit left both sides of the aisle laughing and craving ink in her columns. At the height of her popularity 400 newspapers carried her column. She railed against “Big Bidness” in government, and often said, “Texas is the national laboratory for bad gub’ment.” Molly’s words have proved prescient. She knew the Bill of Rights was in peril and said “Polarizing people is a good way to win an election and a good way to wreck a country.”

Molly spoke from the heart. She was not a cynic. She gave voice to people who didn’t have one. She called her constituents her “beloveds” and she never stopped raisin’ hell. When she died of breast cancer in 2007, the nation lost a true champion and a woman who seemed to be afraid of nothing. America is in crisis. Who today can fill Molly Ivins’ size-12 shoes? Why all of us, of course! It’s time to RAISE HELL. Molly Ivins certainly would.
Not Rated
Documentary, Women and Film, Politics
Janice Engel
Janice Engel
Janice Engel, Monique Zavistovski
Winner, Audience Award ~ Festival Favorites, South by Southwest
Caryn JamesHollywood Reporter

In the midst of today’s war on and about journalists, it is blissful to spend 90 minutes in the presence of the late political columnist Molly Ivins. Smart, fearless and devilishly witty, she skewered the powerful with an unmistakable, impossible-to-duplicate style, using barbed humor to take down ...

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