Documentary filmmaker to screen films in two-part discussion series

Penny Lane

Documentary filmmaker Penny Lane will screen two of her films, “Our Nixon” (2013) and “Hail Satan?” (2019), in a two-part film screening and Q&A series sponsored by the Poynter Fellowship in Journalism.

Our Nixon” will be presented on Tuesday, Sept. 24 at 7 p.m. in Rm. 101, Linsly-Chittenden Hall, 63 High St. “Hail Satan?” will be shown on Wednesday, Sept. 25 at 7 p.m. in the Whitney Humanities Center auditorium, 53 Wall St. Both screenings, which are free and open to the public, will be followed by a discussion with the director.

Lane is an award-winning nonfiction filmmaker. Her debut feature-length documentary “Our Nixon” won a Ken Burns Award in 2013. She is the director of several short films, including “The Abortion Diaries,” which was released in 2005 and is utilized worldwide for reproductive rights education and advocacy. She was named Filmmaker Magazine’s “25 New Faces of Independent Film” in 2012. Her work has screened at Sundance, SXSW, and several other prominent film festivals.

Her most recent feature-length documentary “Hail Satan?” premiered at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival and will be distributed by Magnolia Pictures this coming year. “Hail Satan?” focuses on the growth of the Satanic Temple and its connections to grassroots activism.

The Poynter Fellowship in Journalism was established by Nelson Poynter, who received his master’s degree in 1927 from Yale. The fellowship brings to campus distinguished reporters, editors and others who have made important contributions to the media. Among recent Poynter fellows are Soleil Ho, Adam Serwer, and Paul Tough. 

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