AMERICA'S MOST NOTORIOUS MEDIA PRANKSTER
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Meet legendary cultural icon and modern American satirist Alan Abel in the award-winning documentary ABEL RAISES CAIN. Screening one night only at Monmouth University's Pollak Theatre on Thursday, March 14, 2013 at 7:30 p.m. This film screening is part of the On Screen/In Person screening series, presented by Monmouth University Center for the Arts. Admission is free and open to the public.
A guaranteed evening of thought-provoking humor, there will be a discussion with the filmmakers, Jenny Abel and Jeff Hockett, along with special guests following the screening.
Before Stephen Colbert, there was Alan Abel. A master of deadpan, Alan founded the Society for Indecency to Naked Animals in the 1960s, a zany cause that lured even Walter Cronkite, the most trusted newsman in America. Their motto was, "A Nude Horse is a Rude Horse." A silly idea that caught like wildfire, news of the phony organization landed the front pages of newspapers across America.
Realizing the power of satire, Abel soon carved a niche for himself by rousing the public and poking fun at the media with other zany causes that were just believable enough to be true. For fifty years, he wreaked havoc on the world stage with such hoaxes as a Professional School for Panhandlers, Females For Felons, the KKK Symphony Orchestra, Running a Jewish Grandmother for President, Euthanasia Boat Cruises, among countless others.
ABEL RAISES CAIN is the true life story of hoaxer Alan Abel and his wife Jeanne, told through the viewpoint of their daughter, Jenny Abel, who was also an unwitting accomplice to some of Abel's pranks.
This is a night you won't want to miss! Urge friends and family to attend this special screening of an unflinchingly intimate, compelling and humorous portrait of America's most notorious media prankster.
"Long before Borat hauled his mustachioed mischief across the Western Hemisphere, Alan Abel was giving interviews in the guise of ridiculous characters and whipping the world into an outraged lather... Narrated and co-directed by his daughter Jenny, ABEL RAISES CAIN is a sweet film...a loving portrait of an eccentric father." - THE SEATTLE STRANGER
"An impressive debut, featuring a story that's almost too perfect to be true, the film will keep you talking, telling others about this hilarious old man who's still pulling the wool over the eyes of an unsuspecting media." - MINNESOTA DAILY
"An affectionate portrait of a gadfly dedicated to lampooning American society's foibles, the laziness of the media and the tendency in all of us to swallow what we really want to believe but shouldn't." - STAR-TRIBUNE
For further information about Alan Abel and the documentary, ABEL RAISES CAIN, visit: http://abelraisescain.com