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Legendary columnist Molly Ivins stars in Houstonian's gripping new documentary

Legendary columnist Molly Ivins stars in Houstonian's new documentary

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Celebrated writer Milly Ivins is the star of this new documentary.  RAISE HELL - The Life & Times of Molly Ivins/Facebook

Fans of Molly Ivins, the journalist, humorist, and media firebrand whose byline appeared in such publications as The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The Houston Chronicle, may want to check out the new documentary on her life, Raise Hell: The Life and Times of Molly Ivins, which hits local theaters on Friday, August 30.

The doc is directed by award-winning filmmaker Janice Engel (no relation to Margaret and Allison Engel, the twin-sister journalists who wrote the 2010 play Red Hot Patriot: The Kick-Ass Wit of Molly Ivins).

Raise Hell chronicles Ivins' career as a sharp-tongued, rabble-rousing, leftist reporter and columnist who went after corruption wherever she found it — most particularly, in her home base of Texas — before she passed away in 2007 at the age of 62, after a long bout with Stage 3 inflammatory breast cancer.

Dan Rather, Paul Begala, and Rachel Maddow are some of the people who are interviewed, and a portion of all ticket sales will go to the ACLU.

Landmark River Oaks will feature a little something special when the movie plays there on opening weekend. At the Friday and Saturday screenings at 7 pm, producer (and born-and-bred Houstonian) Carlisle Vandervoort will be in attendance. She'll do a post-screening Q&A on Friday night (with ACLU Texas executive director Terri Burke), and an intro to the Saturday-night screening.

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Tickets for Raise Hell: The Life and Times of Molly Ivins are available via Landmark Theatres. $11.25 ($8.25 for adults and children).