Oscar-nominated filmmaker Alex Gibney is unraveling the secrets of Scientology in his latest investigative documentary, “Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief.” The non-fiction feature first shocked audiences at its Sundance Film Festival premiere earlier this year and will be hitting HBO on March 29.
In celebration of the documentary’s upcoming release, Gibney joined Pulitzer Prize-winning author Lawrence Wright, who wrote the book on which the film is based, and Oscar-winning director Paul Haggis (“Crash”), who left the church and serves as one of the primary subjects in the film, for a TimesTalk in New York City that took place on March 3. Highlights include Haggis revealing why he initially became a Scientologist and what caused him to eventually shun it, and Gibney explaining his visual approach to adapting Wright’s book. Also included in the talk is Mike Rinder, a former senior executive of the Church, who fled after he became disillusioned with the institution. To read about the film’s Sundance premiere go here.
The TimesTalk was moderated by Logan Hill.
[Editor’s Note: Nigel M. Smith co-contributed to this article.]