Documentary probes views of hell


The provocative, critically acclaimed documentary Hellbound? will screen at Mercyhurst University on April 20 at 2 p.m. in the Taylor Little Theatre. The presentation, sponsored by the Mercyhurst Institute for Arts & Culture, Campus Ministry, the Department of Religious Studies, The Cross Church (Erie) and the Unitarian Universalist Church (Girard) is free and open to the public. A panel discussion featuring local clergy and scholars will follow the screening.

The panel will be moderated by Rev. Richard W. McCarty, Ph.D., assistant professor of religious studies at Mercyhurst, and includes Thomas Forsthoefel, Ph.D., chair of the Mercyhurst religious studies department and ordained minister in the United Church of Christ; the Rev. Jim Piszker, university chaplain; Greg Baker, director of Campus Ministry; Chuck Nelson, pastor of The Cross Church; and Andrew Kerr, chaplain of the Erie City Mission.

Hellbound? presents a challenging, eclectic mixture of views from across the theological spectrum. Does hell exist? If so, who goes there, and why? Hellbound? is a probing, incendiary and entertaining journey that ensures viewers will never look at hell the same way again.

Written and directed by award-winning independent filmmaker Kevin Miller, Hellbound? features interviews with an eclectic group of high profile authors, theologians, pastors, social commentators, musicians, exorcists and individuals who claim to have experienced the fires of hell firsthand. Featured interviews include controversial Mars Hill Church pastor Mark Driscoll; screenwriting guru (and atheist) Robert McKee; self-proclaimed exorcist Bob Larson; the purveyors of a “hell house” in Dallas, TX; “Oderous Urungus,” lead singer of the rock band GWAR; and the notorious members of the Westboro Baptist Church.

Production on Hellbound? took place in more than two-dozen cities across the United States, Canada and Denmark throughout 2011. It was produced by Miller’s own production company, Kevin Miller XI Productions Inc.

Additional information about Hellbound? can be found at For more information about the Mercyhurst screening, call 814-824-3000 or visit




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