Official Trailer for 'Sickies Making Films' Doc About Censoring Cinema

April 2, 2019
Source: YouTube

Sickies Making Films Trailer

"The battle began with first to see a woman's ass…" Passion River Films has debuted an official trailer for Sickies Making Films, a documentary about censorship looking back at America's history with censoring films. Yes, it's an entire documentary examining why America loves to censor films, but surprisingly it's not about the MPAA. The film focuses on the Maryland Board of Censors, the nation's longest lasting censor board (from 1916 to 1981). Featuring interviews and footage with John Waters, Pat Moran, Liam Hughes, and many others - including some of the members of the Maryland Board. The doc is described as a "love letter to film history" that "looks at our urge to censor movies and asks, Why?" I don't know if we want to know the answer! This look incredibly fascinating, and it's heading straight to VOD soon. Take a look below.

Here's the first trailer (+ poster) for Joe Tropea's doc Sickies Making Films, direct from YouTube:

Sickies Making Films Poster

"As soon as they told stories, people started thinking about censoring them." Sickies Making Films looks at our urge to censor films and asks, "Why?" We find reasons both absurd and surprisingly understandable. By using the Maryland Board of Censors (1916-1981) as a lens, as well as archival materials, classic film segments, and a few interviews with filmmakers and exhibitors who were subjected to censorship, this documentary examines the recurring problem of censorship in America. Sickies Making Films is directed by filmmaker / producer Joe Tropea, his second film after making the documentary Hit & Stay previously. This hasn't shown at any film festival or elsewhere. Passion River will release Tropea's Sickies Making Films direct-to-VOD coming up soon this year. Stay tuned for more updates - and visit the doc's official website.

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Well, because it's hard to control what people tend to show and say. There's something permanently wrong about the notion that presenting just about everything can be harmful to the public ...

shiboleth on Apr 2, 2019


Well define presenting everything. Do you mean playing on a giant billboard? Posters everywhere? As a father, I do censor what my child sees because they're not ready to process it. If someone wants to pay for a ticket to see whatever "uncensored" movie they want, I'm fine with that. But to push it on everyone, doesn't seem fair. We all should be given a choice as to what we put in front of our eyes.

THE_RAW_ on Apr 5, 2019


Well, to present to the public and to present publicly are two different things. There are different ways to communicate content to the public. As long as you do that. And I advocate doing that, which doesn't mean pushing that at the same time. So, no, I don't even see the point to show children just about everything (I also have a daughter). I don't even think they could understand all the adult content they might see. So, I'm not talking about pushing things. But learning about that is important. Since, someday, they need to have the right to see just about everything, as adults, they're interested in. And before that, to learn about that... And also, as weird as it might sound, but I don't like sports and I wouldn't like to be made to see any of them. But obviously, I have no problem for everyone interested to see everything people would like about sports. Or any other content. I just advocate open channels which are attentive about age, sensitivity and everything else needed. Freedom to mediate things and pushing them in someone's face are not the same things. I hope you get me ... And of course, nice talking to you ...

shiboleth on Apr 5, 2019


@shiboleth:disqus Thanks for elaborating and I completely agree. As an adult, you should have the choice of what you do/don't see.

THE_RAW_ on Apr 8, 2019


This looks great! Waters is such a cool and confident dude.

DAVIDPD on Apr 3, 2019


I don't know if I agree with the last part of a "recurring PROBLEM of censorship in America" because last time I checked, you can pretty much get access to any unrated version of most films now thanks to the internet/streaming media. And I'm talking more about film censorship rather than news/media(propaganda) which is a whole fiasco in itself. It's been a while since I've seen "This Film is Not Yet Rated", but isn't the MPAA now more of a guide for parents who are too ignorant to research a film prior to taking their kids to it? And a lot of times, it doesn't deter them even then. I still remember sitting behind a family of 5 or 6 at Benicio Del Toro's "The Wolfman" and a little boy whining the entire time about how he was scared and his dad said to "Just cover your eyes." SMH But it's interesting to look back and see where we started and where we are now.

THE_RAW_ on Apr 5, 2019

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