What kind of religious expression should be permitted in a secular nation? Holy hell, something is brewing! Just a few years old, the Satanic Temple has risen from the depths to become one of the most controversial religious movements in American history. Hail Satan? bears witness as the temple evolves from a small-scale media stunt to an internationally recognized religion with hundreds of thousands of adherents. Naked bodies writhe with snakes on altars as protesters storm the gates of state capitols across the country. Through their dogged campaign to place a nine-foot, bronze Satanic monument smack dab next to the statue of the Ten Commandments on the Arkansas State Capitol lawn, the leaders of the temple force us to consider the true meaning of the separation of church and state.
Penny Lane has been making innovative nonfiction films for over a decade, including a dozen short films and three features (The Pain of Others, NUTS!, and Our Nixon). She recently was honored with a Breakthrough Filmmaker Award by Chicken & Egg Pictures and a Special Jury Award at the Sundance Film Festival. Lane was admitted into the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in 2017. And yes, Penny Lane is her real name.