Molly Ivins was a political columnist and Texas maverick who raised hell when it came to speaking the truth. Never one to shy away from a confrontation and always possessing a great deal of wit, she worked hard to give a voice to those who didn’t have one. She positioned a spotlight on the absurdities and painful realities of our government, and did it all as a shooting, drinking, smoking liberal from the great state of Texas.
Though she passed away in 2007 from cancer, director Janice Engel’s Raise Hell: The Life & Times of Molly Ivins is giving the six-foot redhead a well-deserved resurgence. Her words have never been more relevant than they are now in today’s hostile political landscape. With elite politicians from both sides of the aisle always fearing her casual and immensely well-versed criticism, the film honors a warrior who challenged us all to fight for ourselves and our country.
Having already screened at both Sundance and SXSW, the word is out on this high-powered doc; however, for those who are late to the table, distributor Magnolia Pictures has just released a trailer to tease the forthcoming Oscar contender.
Raise Hell: The Life & Times of Molly Ivins hits Texas theaters on August 30 before going national a week later.