Frank Henenlotter Begins Production on The Trial of Mike Diana

Cult filmmaker Frank Henenlotter launches campaign to make new docudrama The Trial of Mike Diana

Our pal, legendary cult filmmaker Frank Henenlotter, the man who birthed Basket Case, Frankenhooker, Brain Damage and so many more amazing freaky fright films, 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.

Henenlotter’s 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.

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In order to get the necessary funds to finish the film, Henelotter and company have launched a Kickstarter campaign. 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.

To support the return of Frank Henenlotter and The Trial of Mike Diana, visit the Kickstarter campaign here.