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|8:30PM||Live Music by Current Joys|
|10:45PM||Q & A with Filmmaker Will Allen|
|11:00PM||After Party sponsored by Blue Point|
Holy Hell (Will Allen | USA | 103 min.)
Just out of college, Will Allen, a young idealist filmmaker, joined a secretive spiritualist community led by a charismatic guru. With his camera in hand, he documented 20 years of living inside a cult that changed how he would see the world forever. Allen recorded everything, offering us a juicy and unparalleled look into the extreme ideals and expectations that make up this community, born out of Los Angeles, the city of cults. From total devotion turned to paranoia, the cracks began to unfold as unexpected truths were revealed about the enlightened leader they built every fiber of their lives around.
For the first time, Allen turns the camera on himself and asks fellow ex-cult members to come to terms with their past and the unbelievable deceit they experienced. Holy Hell leaves us with many burning questions, but ultimately this one: What are we willing to believe to sustain our greatest happiness?
Will Allen is a film graduate from Southern Methodist University. Shortly after college, he ended up living inside a guru-based society for 20 years, during which time he was continuously filming the world he inhabited. After finally freeing himself at the age of 44, Allen began using his archives of footage to tell the tale of Holy Hell.