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Good People Go to Hell: An interview with filmmaker Holly Hardman Jules Bentley, February 2015.
"Making someone the subject of a documentary inherently exoticizes him or her. Hardman's film is refreshingly free of classism or Yankee snobbery; her subjects come across on their own terms, and besides a few doctrinal quirks — believing almost every human ever born deserves eternal torture at the hands of a sadistically deranged demiurge — they seem sympathetic and likable. ..." [read full review]
Interview: An Evangelical Prescription. Nathan C. Martin, February 2015.
"One might expect a documentarian of Hardman’s New England ilk to produce a hatchet job on a liberal’s idea of backwards kooks—this might be true if she were not such a thoughtful, evenhanded, clearly empathetic filmmaker. Good People is not uncritical, but it’s also not a polemic. The story unfolds as a delicately probed and fairly portrayed panorama of people and belief that is both touching, at times, and terrifying..." [read full review]
10 Minutes with Holly Hardman. Nichole Dupont, May 2014.
"Holly Hardman might be going to hell, depending on whom you ask. The North Adams native, who spent decades working in the film industry, has been watching as her breakthrough documentary, Good People Go to Hell, Saved People Go to Heaven, quickly gathers secular fervor in the movie world. Centered on the rapture culture along the Gulf Coast, the film has garnered praise, awards, and scorn..." [read full review]
Holly Hardman’s Documentary About Hurricane Katrina and the End Times. Michael Miller, March 23, 2013
“Holly Hardman begins her important film, Good People Go to Hell Saved People Go to Heaven, with words in white lettering against a black background—words in a basic, analytical form, first the word “rapture” followed by a series of common synonyms—euphoria, elation, bliss, etc.—then a dictionary definition of the expression, “the Rapture,” Theology; aspect of Apocalyptic Millennialism. In Evangelical and fundamentalist Christian belief, the act of being lifted by Jesus into heavenly skies upon the Second Coming, either before, during, or after the Tribulation (a time of great suffering for those left behind on earth)… Hardman has bravely taken on one of the great American themes, religious “enthusiasm,” or fanaticism…See this film, see it twice and more. It is a fascinating and disquieting picture of an aspect of American life few of us will see in any other way. And Holly Hardman is as honest, perceptive, and eloquent a guide as you will find…” [read full review]
Good People Go To Hell, Saved People Go To Heaven – Do I Need My Ticket Punched?
Barbie Snitzer, November 19, 2013
"If I were to describe Good People Go To Hell, Saved People Go To Heaven with a logline, it would be that this movie is a cross between Michael Moore’s Roger & Me and Steven Soderbergh’s Contagion, the virus in this case is the God Virus.
Director Holly Hardman has the rare talent Michael Moore displayed in his début movie (before he made himself the star of his subsequent documentaries), that of having the patience to let the subjects speak long enough without interference. Eventually these people will say something ridiculous without realizing it, revealing their true selves..." [read full review]
Knoxville Film Festival Review. Martin Griffin, October 6, 2013
"Good People Go to Hell, Saved People Go to Heaven is a probing but remarkably even-handed exploration of the world of fundamentalist Evangelical faith set largely in rural southern Louisiana in the years after Hurricane Katrina. The action centers on a set of individuals, some in the same family and others who simply pass through, all of whom with one exception profess a direct relationship with Jesus and regard literal biblical interpretation and the values which flow from it as decisive manifestations of that relationship in their daily lives. In its low-key, almost diffident approach, Good People Go to Hell, Saved People Go to Heaven is a film that, curiously enough perhaps, leaves one with indelible memories of its characters and situations..."[read full review]
IDFA 2012: Docs in Brief, Part Three. Brian Tsiokis, November 27, 2012
“The title of Holly Hardman’s film immediately signals its topic – evangelical Christians and their belief that we are living in the end times. Centering her exploration of this unusual world in post-Katrina Louisiana – the frequent hurricanes “evidence” that the apocalypse is imminent – Hardman follows a number of subjects dedicated to praising the Lord and convincing sinners to become born again – before it’s too late…Hardman does her project a great favor by localizing it in often disaster-stricken Louisiana, where religious fervor seems strangely out of place against the backdrop of drunken Mardi Gras revelry in New Orleans...”[read full review]
"Hurricanes Katrina and Rita destroyed Mitsi’s house in Louisiana in 2005. According to the members of the very strict evangelical community, which she belongs to, the disasters were punishments from God. Not because Mitsi and her family didn’t pray as much as they should, no. To wash away the sins of the ones who do not belief in the Lord.
In the same period, filmmaker Holly Hardman read that this fundamentalist group, with up to 70 million followers, had helped former President Bush to become president for a second term.
I read about the rapture: which according to the dictionary means euphoria, ecstasy. But for evangelicals it refers to the End Times: the day the sky breaks open to gather up believers and leave behind the doomed non-believers. I realized suddenly that a large segment of my country lives with these beliefs”
Williamstown Artist Takes Film to Louisiana. Stephen Dravis, April 18, 2013
"Holly Hardman did not set out to make a film that lampoons or attacks the evangelical Christian movement. And, despite its provocative title, her new documentary does neither. What it does do is provide a look into the lives of everyday Americans who help make up a group that is, by one estimate, 90- to 100-million strong."
"Good People Go to Hell, Saved People Go to Heaven" is the first feature-length documentary by the Williamstown filmmaker…" [read full article]
Good People Goes to IDFA. Holly Hardman, December 26, 2012
"Premiering at IDFA was my dream. When my film received the invitation I was over the moon. Now I’m asked: Was it all it was cracked up to be? Without a doubt, yes. What valuable tips can I share with other filmmakers who are headed for the IDFA experience? First and foremost, know that your film will be in the company of over four-hundred films from around the world. This is wonderful, but also poses a real challenge for a filmmaker. How do you manage to get your film noticed?..." [read full article]