The life & bizarre career of notorious media prankster Alan Abel

On Screen/In Person: Abel Raises Cain
Wednesday, March 6, 2013 at 7:30 p.m.

Directed by Jenny Abel & Jeff Hockett | 2005 | Documentary | 85 minutes

Screening takes place at the Firehouse Theatre Project (1609 West Broad Street)

Before there was Stephen Colbert, there was Alan Abel. Abel Raises Cain is an unprecedented glimpse into the life and bizarre career of a notorious media prankster, Alan Abel, told from the viewpoint of his daughter Jenny. He has made a name for himself with a series of elaborate hoaxes and schemes, all of which were designed to provoke, amuse and make people question everything they see, hear or read.

“…An invigorating and often hysterical look at a gifted comic and the nation of dupes he continues to use as his medium.” –

Join Alan Abel and filmmakers Jenny Abel and Jeff Hockett for a Q&A discussion follow the screening.

On Screen/In Person is made possible with support from the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts Regional Touring Program. The series is presented by Modlin Center for the Arts in collaboration with the Firehouse Theatre Project, James River Film Society and UR Film Studies Program.

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