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a documentary by jenny abel & jeff hockett

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ABOUT THE DOCUMENTARY:

ABEL RAISES CAIN is an unprecedented glimpse into the life and bizarre career of Alan Abel, the notorious media prankster who has made a name for himself several times over with stunts that are just ridiculous enough to be believable, especially to a media that feeds on salacious stories. In this loving portrait of an eccentric father, Alan's daughter, Jenny, takes the audience on a roller coaster ride through the myriad of elaborate hoaxes and schemes that Abel pulled off over the years, all of which were designed to provoke, amuse and make people question everything that they see, hear or read.

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WAYS YOU CAN SEE 'ABEL RAISES CAIN':

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[special features on the DVD include]

• Behind-the-Scenes Featurette | The making of a hoax with Alan and the $365 Million Powerball lottery
• Rare 16mm Footage | Alan spoofs ad executives in the 1960s with a phony lecture
• Bonus Scenes | International Sex Bowl, HBO's Private Dicks, & The Faking of the President riot
• Audio Commentary with the Filmmakers and the Abels (It's like we're in your living room!)
• English Captions on the Feature (special consideration for the hearing impaired)
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FILM FESTS & AWARDS:

  • SLAMDANCE FILM FESTIVAL
  • grand jury award for best documentary
  • LONGBAUGH FILM FESTIVAL
  • BROOKLYN UNDERGROUND FILM FESTIVAL
  • grand jury award for best feature film
  • INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL OF BOSTON
  • HOT DOCS CANADIAN INTERNATIONAL DOCUMENTARY FILM FESTIVAL
  • top ten audience favorites
  • SAN FRANCISCO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
  • DOXA DOCUMENTARY FILM + VIDEO FESTIVAL
  • NEWPORT INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
  • grand jury award for best documentary
  • WATERFRONT FILM FESTIVAL
  • SILVERDOCS AFI/DISCOVERY CHANNEL DOCUMENTARY FESTIVAL
  • DALLAS VIDEO FESTIVAL
  • ATHENS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
  • CAMDEN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
  • LEIPZIG ANIMATION & DOCUMENTARY FILM FESTIVAL
  • kinowelt dvd award
  • LOST FILM FESTIVAL
  • BERGEN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
  • BETHEL FILM FESTIVAL
  • ST. LOUIS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
  • LEEDS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
  • SARASOTA FILM FESTIVAL
  • audience award for best documentary
  • NORWEGIAN DOCUMENTARY FILM FESTIVAL
  • HOT SPRINGS DOCUMENTARY FILM FESTIVAL
  • LAKE COUNTY FILM FESTIVAL
  • grand jury award for best documentary
  • AARHUS FESTIVAL OF INDEPENDENT ARTS
  • grand jury award for best documentary
  • HARDACRE FILM & CINEMA FESTIVAL
  • grand jury award for best documentary
  • INTERNATIONAL DOCUMENTARY FILM FESTIVAL MEXICO CITY (DOCSDF)
  • INTERNATIONAL DOCUMENTARY FILM FESTIVAL NEW ZEALAND (DOCNZ)
  • S.N.O.B. FILM FESTIVAL
  • GUANGZHOU INTERNATIONAL DOCUMENTARY FILM FESTIVAL (GZDOC)
  • SOUTHERN APPALACHIAN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
  • best socially conscious film
  • FARGO FILM FESTIVAL
  • grand jury award for best documentary & best director award
  • GUELPH FESTIVAL OF MOVING MEDIA


PRESS QUOTES:

"As entertaining as it is informative...one of the finest bio docs of the genre"
film babble blog

"An invigorating and often hysterical look at a gifted comic and the nation of dupes he continues to use as his medium"
slate.com

"Like a reverse Jon Stewart, Abel has been creating fake news...preying on mainstream media's insatiable thirst for the lurid, the perverse, and the wacky"
pbs pov blog

"ABEL RAISES CAIN has the subject of the decade, a world-champion 'hoaxer' who has been fearlessly plying his odd trade for over fifty years"
dvd savant

"Consistently relatable, entertaining and refreshingly candid...A great film and an interesting childhood"
the documentary blog

"Long before the Yes Men satirized Exxon and Halliburton, and before Ashton Kutcher was born, Alan Abel was the undisputed king of media hoaxers"
utne reader

"ABEL RAISES CAIN covers four decades of hoaxes and paints a fascinating picture of a fascinating character"
lost at sea

"A rather brilliant portrayal of a true American original who probably hasn't gotten his due"
popmatters

film festival reviews:

"A humorous and highly personal documentary"
los angeles times

"An impressive debut...a heartfelt, interesting and, above all, entertaining film"
minnesota daily

"Intriguing, affectionate...a very funny documentary"
providence journal

"A lively, bittersweet portrait of the master prankster's career"
new york press

"A fun and fascinating look at an American original"
st. louis post-dispatch

"A sweet funny tribute...makes the case that [Alan Abel] deserves to be more than a cultural footnote"
toronto eye

"An exhilarating and lovingly-made documentary"
vancouver sun

"A loving portrait of an eccentric father"
the stranger


DIRECTOR'S STATEMENT:

I decided to start working on a documentary about my father when I realized that programs like 20/20 and 48 Hours were barely skimming the surface of his interesting and bizarre career.

It was disconcerting to me that no one was doing justice to his story. Television shows that he appeared on would mention several of his more notable pranks and cut to a few clips of him fooling the media, but it never went any further than that. To make matters worse, he was usually lumped into news segments that featured fakes, frauds and scam artists and his sound bytes were edited in such a way that he came across as being mean-spirited.

Because I am the Abel's only child, I felt especially driven to tell my father's story. In 1998, I began incessantly following my parents around with a video camera. During that time, my father was in the middle of his most recent hoax, a campaign to ban breast-feeding.

I wanted to explore the two sides of Alan Abel that I grew up knowing very well – the loving family man and the slightly deranged professional hoaxer. I am hopeful the story reflects that, within my father, there is this strange intermediary realm in which both personas are seamlessly and continually intertwined.


FILMMAKER BIOS:

Jenny Abel
Producer, Director

Jenny initially began a career in music, having studied the viola since the age of 8 and receiving a scholarship to attend music school. But she decided to take a completely different path in life and transferred to Emerson College in Boston, graduating with a degree in video and television production. Jenny moved to Los Angeles shortly thereafter and began coordinating overseas films for Nu Image and Millennium Films. Over the course of four years, she helped the company produce twenty-six pictures. In 2003, she left her job so that she could focus on finishing her own project, ABEL RAISES CAIN, her first feature documentary.

Jeff Hockett
Director, Editor

Jeff graduated from the University of West Florida with a degree in Communication Arts and began his career as a news photographer and editor at WBBH in Ft. Myers, Florida. He moved on to WAMI in Miami where he earned a Suncoast Regional Emmy Award in the Series Reporting Human Interest category for Mariel: 20 Years Later. He eventually moved to Los Angeles and became a freelance photographer, working on various news magazine and reality shows. In 2000, he was hired to shoot for the nationally syndicated show Uncovered. It was while working on this show that he first met Alan Abel, who subsequently introduced him to his daughter, Jenny. Together, Jeff and Jenny produced and directed their debut documentary film, ABEL RAISES CAIN.


FILM CREDITS:

Produced by:
Jenny Abel

Written, Directed & Edited by:
Jenny Abel & Jeff Hockett

Camera & Sound:
Jenny Abel & Jeff Hockett

Music by:
Alan Abel

CAST:

Alan Abel & Jeanne Abel
Lee Chirillo (hoax accomplice)
Frank Murgalo (hoax accomplice)
Paul Hiatt (hoax accomplice)
Lou Colasuonno (former editor-in-chief/New York Post )
Bill Boggs (talk show host, NYC)
Phil Reisman (NY newspaper columnist)


© 2012 ABEL RAISES CAIN, LLC