Schlock-Wire: Kickstarter For The New Frank Henenlotter Documentary THE TRIAL OF MIKE DIANA

THE TRIAL OF MIKE DIANA has launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds to finish crafting the definitive film account of a Florida First Amendment case whose verdict and unbelievable sentence strikes ire in comic book creators even decades later.

Legendary cult filmmaker Frank Henenlotter (BASKET CASE, FRANKENHOOKER) has set out to tell the story of Mike Diana, the first and only artist in US history to be convicted of obscenity. Diana’s landmark case resulted in a sentence which required him to pay a $3,000 fine and have no contact with children under the age of 18. He was even prohibited from drawing images for personal use in his own home.

THE TRIAL OF MIKE DIANA has begun production with the full participation of Mike Diana and unprecedented access to his personal archives. The story is supported by those who were there during the trial, as well as an illustrious group of comic book luminaries like Neil Gaiman, Peter Bagge and Stephen Bissette. Mike Diana himself will also contribute original animation to the film.

Could history be repeated? The alarming state of US politics suggests the freedoms we take for granted are more at risk today than ever before, highlighting the urgency of telling the cautionary tale contained in THE TRIAL OF MIKE DIANA. As Henenlotter puts it: “Freedom of Speech doesn’t mean anything if your art is declared ‘obscene.’ and one man’s art could be another man’s obscenity. That’s the battle we explore in this documentary: an improbable collision between comic-book art and the First Amendment.”

Potential supporters can choose from a wide range of rewards being offered by the campaign, from an exclusive limited edition comic book by Diana to signed blu-rays, as well as personalized artwork and exclusive opportunities for personal interaction with the filmmaking team. The campaign will run until Thursday, November 17th at 9:00PM.


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