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“Raise Hell: The Life & Times of Molly Ivins” Screening and Discussion

Lyndon Baines Johnson Presidential Library and Museum
Austin, TX

Thursday, April 25, 2019 - 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

In partnership with The Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, the Friends of the LBJ Library will enjoy a screening of RAISE HELL: The Life & Times of Molly Ivins, a new documentary on the life of the legendary Texas political columnist. Joining us for a discussion after the screening will be Dr. Don Carleton, executive director of The Dolph Briscoe Center for American History and a historical advisor for the film; Janice Engel, the film’s director and co-producer; and Dan Rather, journalist featured in the film.


We are not currently accepting reservations. Friends members at the Individual and above level will receive an email invitation about four weeks in advance and may make a reservation at that time.

About the film

With razor-sharp wit, outspoken journalist and firecracker Molly Ivins took on the good-ole-boy corruption in the political establishment. This six-foot, red-haired Texan found joy in reporting as one of the lone liberals in her deep-red state. She feared that the partisan plague would be the death of American democracy. Ivins became the first woman to co-edit the Texas Observer, and among her claims to fame were her searing, comical books on George W. Bush’s temperament and political record—having grown up in the same town with him, she became an accidental expert. Her blistering way with words was feared by the political elite, but her refreshing critique and big heart garnered a die-hard following from around the country.

Though Ivins died from cancer in 2007, filmmaker Janice Engel crafts a highly entertaining watch that radiantly brings Ivins’s repartee and political wisdom back to life. Her messaging and brand of commentary strikes a particular chord in today’s hostile political climate. This film asks us to shake up the system like Molly Ivins would.

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