The New York premiere of 2016 Sundance sensation Holy Hell has been added to the opening weekend lineup of the 20th Annual Rooftop Films Summer Series.
This fascinating and controversial film, which features stunning home movie footage shot within a California cult over the course of 20 years, will be screened on the roof of The Old American Can Factory in Gowanus, Brooklyn on Saturday, May 21st.
HOLY HELL (Will Allen | USA | 103’)
In 1985, recent film school graduate Will Allen became a member of The Buddhafield, a Los Angeles area spiritual group. Also acting as the group’s official videographer, he began to document their activities, which centered on the mysterious leader they called Michel, or The Teacher. Over time, the group’s dark side began to surface as total devotion turned to paranoia, until finally, unexpected truths about their enlightened leader were revealed – all in front of Allen’s camera. This incredible, 22-year archive of video footage became the basis for Holy Hell. Now, for the first time since he left the group, 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.