A new documentary about native Texan and renowned journalist Molly Ivins is coming out late this summer, and her home state is getting an exclusive first look. Raise Hell: The Life and Times of Molly Ivins will be released in Texas on August 30 before opening in theaters nationwide this September. The film, directed by Janice Engel, follows Ivins’ legendary career from her start as an intern at the Houston Chronicle to the New York Times to being nominated for Pulitzer Prizes and having a column in 400 national newspapers.
She was known for calling out corrupt politicians both ruthlessly and hilariously. She often said, not without a Western twang, that “Texas is the national laboratory for bad government.” Perhaps that’s why she left the Times to come back to Texas at the height of her career and stayed in her home state until her passing in 2007.
To celebrate, Alamo Drafthouse locations across the state are screening the film on August 28. It features a Q&A with director Janice Engel, Richard Linklater, author and columnist Jim Hightower, and Texas Tribune editor Emily Ramshaw. Locally, that includes Lake Highlands, Las Colinas, North Richland Hills, and Denton. Buy your ticket here.
Here’s a first look at the official trailer for the film.