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Emagine postpones Juneteenth film festival after chairman threatened with criminal charges

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Posted at 5:19 PM, Jun 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-18 17:41:37-04

Emagine Entertainment announced Thursday that it is postponing its Juneteenth Film Festival after the company's chairman was served a letter by the Michigan attorney general's office threatening criminal charges for reopening against state regulations.

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Emagine Chairman Paul Glantz told 7 Action News "I'd take it," in response to the company being fined for opening against state orders.

The festival was to benefit the United Negro College Fund (UNCF). The festival will be set for a future date that hasn't yet been decided.

“The hypocrisy of our Governor’s orders is unfathomable in magnitude. Strip clubs are open, massage parlors are open, and yet there is alleged ‘science and data’ to support the continued closure of movie theaters," said Emagine Chairman Paul Glantz. "It is okay to walk arm and arm with folks in Highland Park for a photo op in violation of social distancing guidelines, but we allegedly pose a threat to the life and safety of our guests. If there is anything more arbitrary and capricious in governmental behavior, I certainly haven’t experienced it in my lifetime.”

All tickets that have been sold will be automatically refunded.

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