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Newswire: Get Involved, Internet: Fund a doc on the first American artist convicted of obscenity

There is a new documentary in the works about Mike Diana, an underground cartoonist who has the distinction of being the first person in the United States to receive a criminal conviction for artistic obscenity. While it’s in production, the makers of the film have launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds to help make this film a reality.

The director behind The Trial Of Mike Diana is Frank Henenlotter, whose films Basket Case and Frankenhooker are certainly no strangers to censorship. The team behind the film feels that it is important, particularly in the modern political environment, to remind people just how fast they can lose their First Amendment rights. “Freedom of speech doesn’t mean anything if your art is declared ‘obscene,” declares Henelotter. “One man’s art could be another man’s obscenity. That’s the battle we explore in this documentary.”

In 1991, a California …

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