March 22, 2010: Film Screening and Discussion: Hell House by George Ratliff

Monday, March 22  12:30 PM

Hell House (2001)
Run Time: 85 minutes

Screening of the film by George Ratliff followed by a discussion.

hell_house_xsmHell Houses are a distinctly American phenomenon which began in 1990 just outside of Dallas, at the Trinity Assembly of God Church. The original Hell House was conceived as a modern-day fire-and-brimstone sermon. Today, this religious ceremony of sorts is replete with actors, extensive lighting equipment and full audio-visual tech crews.

This event is part of the Religion and Politics in America Initiative.

Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics
20 Cooper Square, 5th Floor
New York, NY 10003 (get map)

George Ratliff, a Texas native, began his career in journalism. After graduating from the University of Texas at Austin film program, Ratliff moved to Costa Rica to write for a Central American newsmagazine and become a correspondent for a Texas newspaper. After returning to the states, Ratliff redirected his efforts to film and has written and directed features, shorts, and television programs. His feature credits include the documentaries HELL HOUSE, which premiered at the Toronto Film Festival and received a theatrical release from 7th Art Releasing and was distributed on DVD by Plexifilm; and PLUTONIUM CIRCUS, which won Best Documentary Feature at the South by Southwest Film Festival.