SC State's I.P. Stanback Museum and Planetarium Presents "Abel Raises Cain"

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Abel Raises CainSC State’s I.P. Stanback Museum and Planetarium (The Stanback) presents “Abel Raises Cain,” with producer/director Jenny Abel, as part of the South Arts Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers. The event will take place on Thursday, Feb. 10, 2011 at 5:30 p.m. at The Stanback.  Following a screening of the film, Abel will engage the audience in a discussion about the film and her work as a filmmaker. Her father and star of the film, Alan Abel, will give firsthand accounts of his career as a prankster.

“Abel Raises Cain” is an unprecedented glimpse into the life and bizarre career of infamous underground media prankster, Alan Abel, who will charm the audience with his appearance at The Stanback. Over the past half-century, Alan 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 scandalous, far-fetched stories. Jenny tells her firsthand account of what it was like growing up with this lovable but slightly demented prankster for a father. “Abel Raises Cain” takes the audience on a roller coaster ride through the myriad of elaborate hoaxes and schemes that Alan pulled off over the years, all of which were designed to provoke and amuse while at the same time, make people question everything that they see, hear and read.

Alan has a rather unusual job; he is a professional prankster. His hoaxing career began in the late 1950’s with a campaign to clothe all animals for the sake of decency. More than 40 years later, Alan continues to wreak havoc on the media. Hailed by some journalists as the "world’s greatest hoaxer," yet scorned by others as a menace to the media, Alan has his true tale told for the first time by his daughter, Jenny. She reflects on what it was like growing up with a prankster and follows her father on the road during his most recent hoax.

Alan is a writer, lecturer, actor, filmmaker, jazz musician and comedian. He graduated from The Ohio State University located in Columbus, Ohio with a Bachelor of Science degree in education. He has published eight books and 16 musical compositions, including works for percussion ensembles and a series of advanced drum solos. Alan has recorded several albums for RCA Victor and produced two feature films with his wife, Jeanne.

Jenny went to Emerson College, located in Boston, Mass. and graduated with a degree in video and television production. When she moved to Los Angeles, Calif., she began coordinating overseas productions for Nu Image and Millennium Films.  In 2003, Jenny left her job to focus on finishing her own project, “Abel Raises Cain,” her first feature documentary.

For additional information, contact Ellen Zisholtz, director of The Stanback, at (803) 536-7174; or Ingrid Owens, program manager at The Stanback, at (803) 536-8329.