THE DEVIL, PROBABLY
~ Guest Curation at Anthology Film Archives ~
Co-Presented with Genevieve Havemeyer-King
at Anthology Film Archives, NYC
JACQUELINE CASTEL PRESENTS
SATANIC PANIC: CULTURAL WARFARE IN THE 1980s
For this special event, filmmaker Jacqueline Castel will present a rare selection of international programming tracing the bloodlines of the paranoia-soaked decade obsessed with the Devil. From conspiratorial fears of diabolical children's propaganda saturating the mass media, to Satanic law enforcement guides, deprogramming agents, and exorcism therapy, to the more serious allegations and trials of ritual crime, cult-based abuse, and the censorship crusades of the PMRC, these ephemeral works reveal the inner mechanics of a contemporary witch trial. What emerges through these cultural artifacts which are hysterical and horrific in equal measure is a controversial war on the freedom of expression that not only proved profitable, but also attempted to erode the personal, spiritual, sexual, and political rights of a generation.
Informed by her work on the forthcoming documentary A MESSAGE FROM THE TEMPLE, Castel's program will also feature rare clips related to transgressive artist collective Thee Temple Ov Psychick Youth, an organization raided and later exiled from England under false pretenses of Ritual Satanic Abuse claims.
SECRET RITES, INVOCATION OF MY DEMON BROTHER, & THE WORMWOOD STAR
Filmmaker introduction to Secret Rites (dir. Derek Ford, 1971), Invocation of My Demon Brother (dir. Kenneth Anger 1969),
and The Wormwood Star (dir. Curtis Harrington, 1956)