22nd Calgary Underground Film Festival

April 17-27, 2025

12th CUFF.Docs Documentary Film Festival

November 20-24, 2024

Hail Satan?

United States, 2019: 95 minutes: Alberta Premiere
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In Cinema Globe Cinema
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Chronicling the extraordinary rise of one of the most colourful and controversial religious movements in American history, HAIL SATAN? is an inspiring and entertaining new feature documentary from acclaimed director Penny Lane (2016 CUFF selection NUTS!, OUR NIXON). 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.

Sundance Film Festival 2019
International Film Festival Rotterdam 2019
Boston Underground Film Festival 2019

Penny Lane has been making award-winning, innovative nonfiction films for more than a decade, with premieres in some of the top films festivals worldwide. Her previous films include, OUR NIXON (2013), NUTS! (2016) and THE PAIN OF OTHERS (2018). Lane was recently honoured with the Vanguard Award at SF DocFest, a Chicken & Egg Breakthrough Filmmaker Award and, in 2017, was admitted into the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. (She is possibly most proud, however, of having been named “Most Badass!” at the Iowa City Documentary Film Festival in 2009.) Lane is currently an associate professor in the Department of Art and Art History at Colgate University. HAIL SATAN? Is her fourth feature film.

press for Hail Satan?

"Prepare to retire your preconceptions about Satanism."
- Screen International
"Fantastic … Phenomenal."
- Variety


Documentary / Female Filmmaker

95 minutes


Penny Lane

Executive Producer
Lori Cheatle

Gabriel Sedgwick

Jex Blackmore
Lucien Greaves
Malcolm Jarry

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WINNER: Jury Award Best Documentary Feature

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