In 1985, recent film school graduate Will Allen became a member of The Buddhafield, a Los Angeles area spiritual group. Also acting as the group’s official videographer, he began to document first-hand their activities, which centered on the mysterious leader they called The Teacher, or Michel. Over time, the group’s dark side began to surface as total devotion turned to paranoia, until finally, unexpected truths about their enlightened leader were revealed – all in front of Allen’s camera. This incredible, 22-year archive of video footage became the basis for HOLY HELL. Now, for the first time since he left the group, Allen turns the camera on himself and asks fellow ex-cult members to come to terms with their past and the unbelievable deceit they experienced. Director Will Allen joins us to talk about what it is like on the inside and what he has taken away from his experience.
“An unprecedented close-up look…a documentary suspense film in which we watch with bated breath as the mask is slowly pulled off. ” ★★★★ – Owen Gleiberman, BBC
“A documentary villain for the ages.” ★★★★ – Daniel Schindel, The Film Stage
“A unique, captivating look at 22 years inside the Buddhafield Cult.” – Justin Gerber, Consequence of Sound