“Raise Hell: The Life & Times of Molly Ivins” at the Loft Cinema


Starts Friday, September 20 at Loft Cinema, 3233 E. Speedway Blvd. Tucson

Free Loft Cinema Member screening on Friday, September 20 at 7:30pm.

“As journalism comes under attack with constant cries of “fake news,” this hugely entertaining documentary about the fierce and fearless writer and social commentator Molly Ivins reminds us of how wit and well-channeled vitriol can speak truth to power.

Born into a wealthy Texas family and possessed of a razor-sharp pen, Ivins refused to conform to the restrictive Southern belle stereotypes and challenged the stuffy white boys’ club that defined journalism in the ’60s and ’70s. Filmmaker Janice Engel’s feature debut skillfully captures the intelligence, humor, and indefatigable spirit of a true pioneer.  (Dir. by Janice Engel, 2019, USA, 93 mins., Not Rated)”




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Carolyn Classen
Carolyn Sugiyama Classen, a life long Democrat, was born & raised in the State of Hawaii, was a Legislative Aide for U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye on Capitol Hill, and practiced law for a while. In Tucson she worked as a tribal staff attorney for the Pascua Yaqui Tribe and later was the Interim Executive Director of the now defunct Domestic Violence Commission. In 2008 she became a “My Tucson” guest columnist for the Tucson Citizen newspaper, then continued blogging for Tucsoncitizen.com for over four and a half years. Her blogsite was entitled “Carolyn’s Community” about community events and some political news, until Gannett Publishing shut down the site on January 31, 2014. She started with Blog for Arizona on Feb. 11, 2014. Part time she has been sitting as a Hearing Officer in Pima County Consolidated Justice Courts Small Claims Division since April, 2005. She is married to University of Arizona Distinguished Professor Albrecht Classen, a native of Germany. They have one son, who lives in Seattle, WA with his wife and daughter. She is also the Editor of the Southern Arizona Japanese Cultural Coalition website, www.southernazjapan.org (since Jan. 2013).


  1. Hilarious, hard hitting documentary about the life & times of journalist Molly Ivins, who died from breast cancer at age 62. She grew up in Texas, graduated from Smith College and worked as a journalist at NYTimes, the Denver Bureau, before returning home to Texas. Her incredible wit and veracity were clearly shown in this movie, as her family, friends, co-workers were interviewed. Indeed she seemed fearless and a “political prophet” of the times, esp. of her criticism of former Pres. Bush, whom she called “Shrub” in her book. Don’t miss this movie at the Loft, as it will only be there till Oct 3.

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