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Ever since movies first arrived in the United States in 1896, the year that Thomas Edison’s film The Kiss was released and assailed as a threat to morality, motion pictures have met protests and attempts at censorship. In 1916, the Maryland State Board of Censors was formed, becoming one of the longest-lasting state boards until being shuttered in 1981. The board’s censorship efforts and infringement of the First Amendment lie at the heart of Sickies Making Films, a documentary by Robert Emmons GSC’02, an assistant teaching professor of filmmaking and associate director of the Digital Studies Center at Rutgers University–Camden. To view the documentary, visit