From: 40 Frames (email suppressed)
Date: Tue Mar 20 2007 - 15:10:42 PDT
Thanks for posting B.
> NPR radio just broadcast an announcement that the ACLU is going to court
> to fight the state of Michigan's decision to cut funding for the Ann Arbor
> Film Festival.
> The show included remarks from several people. The only artist who
> spoke denied that her film really does include sexually explicit
> material. She was a sweet-spoken filmmaker who said one of her voices
> used to play Rocky or Bullwinkel for the animated television show.
> The guy who wrote the article that drew attention to the festival said
> that his essay calling for cutting all arts funding was actually in the
> interest of the artists. I would be interested in how this sounds to
> people on this list.
> There was also someone who said the state's decision was not censorship
> . . that you can still make and show what you like but not with our tax
> money. The radio program did mention in this connection the
> state-sponsored bills to support private business. (We need some facts
> on the impact this has had on commercial pornography in Michigan.)
> A spokesperson for the ACLU said what amounts to cliche ideas about the
> importance of freedom of expression, nothing more detailed.
> The announcer of the report mentioned several cases which provide
> precedents for winning the case in favor of the festival.
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