Directed by Will ALLEN
An inside look at a spiritual group, formed in the 1980s in West Hollywood and recently resurfaced in Hawaii, that eventually imploded. After graduating from college, young idealist Will Allen joined a spiritual community filled with like minded people looking for answers to some of life’s basic questions, led by a charismatic but secretive guru. Camera in hand, Allen documented 20 years of living inside this community, showing how his idealism began to unravel as more was revealed about the true nature of this cult. Speaking out publicly for the first time, and with unprecedented and unparalleled access, HOLY HELL is a descent into a world no one, not even its participants, could have imagined. The final scenes of the film take place in Kailua, where the group has relocated and is recruiting new members.
Screening followed by Q&A with Director, WILL ALLEN, Producer, TRACEY HARNISH + Cast Members.
WILL ALLEN // At the age of 13, Will starting making films in southern CA. After earning his film degree from Southern Methodist University, in Texas, he ended up living inside a guru-based society for 22 years, where he continuously made films about the world in which he lived. At the age of 44, Will finally extricated himself and decided to use his archives of film footage to tell the complicated tale of HOLY HELL. Will is reintroducing himself to the world through his films, and is an advocate for personal freedom, dedicating his time to education, prevention and self-empowerment.
“I am so proud and excited to present our first Hawaii theatrical showing of HOLY HELL at the awesome Honolulu Rainbow Film Festival – the first and only LGBT-themed festival that we decided to be a part of! The HRFF team has been so supportive and brave by inviting us, understanding that our film is not only LGBT-themed, but also controversial and relevant to Oahu, where I once lived. Thank you for inviting us! I have always love these sacred islands and am very honored to represent HOLY HELL at HRFF27.”