‘The Trial of Mike Diana’ Kickstarter Campaign Trailer: The Story of the Only U.S. Artist To Be Convicted of Obscenity

“The Trial of Mike Diana,” a new documentary that follows the story of the only artist in U.S. history to be convicted of obscenity, has launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds to finish crafting the film. Directed by cult filmmaker Frank Henenlotter (“Basket Case”), the film follows comic book artist Mike Diana whose graphic, grotesque zine “Boiled Angel” got into the hands of an undercover cop. Florida authorities decided to put him on trial for three counts of obscenity where he was convicted of the crime and forced to spend four days in jail and three years on probation. He was prohibited from drawing images that might be considered obscene even for personal use in his own home, and authorities were allowed to conduct warrantless searches to enforce it. Watch an exclusive trailer for the documentary and its Kickstarter campaign below.

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