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Sickies making films


A documentary that explores the true and often hilarious history of film censorship in America.

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Sickies making films


A documentary that explores the true and often hilarious history of film censorship in America.

To some it was a bastion of decency. To others it was a waste of taxpayer money. This is the story of film censorship. A look at the Maryland Board of Censors—the longest surviving censor board in America.

Sickies Making Films explores the history of film by focusing on the nation’s longest surviving censor board, the Maryland State Board of Censors (1916-1981). As movies first began to appear calls for censorship accompanied them. In seven states and dozens of cities, censors banned and altered movies citing reasons such as sex, violence, politics, and race issues. Historian and documentarian Joe Tropea traces the battles, hangups, and eventual demise of the film censors in this hilarious and informative documentary.

Sickies looks at our urge to censor and asks Why? Surprisingly we finds reasons both understandable and absurd. Through archival footage, classic film segments, a couple tastefully done reenactments, and interviews with filmmakers and theater operators who were subjected to censorship, this film provides a historical overview and context for the way films are vetted and rated today.

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A documentary that explores the true and often hilarious history of film censorship in America. Please donate to our Indiegogo campaign here: SickiesMakingFilms.com

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We make independent documentaries, which means our small budget will be stretched as far as it can go. No waste; no b.s.

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  • Completing production of the film
  • Creating animations
  • Archival film transfers & usage fees
  • Film score and music rights
  • Post-production: sound and color
  • Mastering a Digital Cinema Package (needed for theater screenings)
  • DVD/Blu-Ray production

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