March 22, 2007
AAFF chooses to go without state support.
In the Michigan Theatre on Tuesday, AAFF President Jay Nelson announces the suit filed against the state by the Festival and the ACLU.
After being warned by the state to either tone-down its controversial content or face funding cuts, the Ann Arbor Film Festival said no thank you to the government and decided to decline funding from the state entirely.
Severing funding ties with the state came after a former state representative accused the AAFF of breaking state obscenity laws. The AAFF chose to strategically bow out of the debate inlight of looming elections and the potential for becoming a political pawn.
Teamed-up with the American Civil Liberties Union, the AAFF has now filed a lawsuit against the state of Michigan for violating the festivals First Amendment rights.
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Posted by caldamyk at March 22, 2007 05:53 PM