The 37th Annual Big Muddy Film Festival is proud to announce the official jury for the 2015 festival. Prizes will be awarded in each of the festival’s categories including Animation, Documentary, Experimental and Narrative. The winning films will be announced at the Big Muddy Film Festival Awards Ceremony at the end of the festival.
Anna Margarita Albelo is a globe-trotting Cuban-American filmmaker, journalist and cultural activist. Her feature film, “Who’s Afraid of Vagina Wolf?” has screened in over 100 international film festivals, won 10 international awards, and is distributed worldwide, as are her past 3 documentaries: “HOOTERS, A Lez in Wonderland,” and “Gay, and so what?” Anna has been a regular collaborator for Canal Plus France for whom she has written and directed the short film, “The Turkey” (Cannes Film Festival’s CRITIC’S WEEK, 2008), as well as, several original documentaries on gay and lesbian culture exploring Cuba, Palm Springs and Los Angeles. Her feature documentary on collaborative filmmaking and lesbian culture called, “HOOTERS!,” was an LA WEEKLY Top Pick. This year, Anna was a Juror for the 2014 Cannes International Film festival’s, “Queer Palm” award and is in development of new projects for film and television.
Melika Bass is a Chicago-based moving image artist who creates experimental narrative films and experiential installations. Recent shows include the Torino Film Festival in Italy, a solo exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago (2011); the BFI London Film Festival, UK; Film Society of Lincoln Center, New York; Kino der Kunst, Munich; and the Ann Arbor Film Festival.Bass is the recipient of an Artadia Award, two Media Arts Fellowships from the Illinois Arts Council, the Kodak/Filmcraft Imaging Award from the Ann Arbor Film Festival, and an Experimental Film Prize from the Athens International Film Festival. Bass was one of a dozen international filmmakers commissioned by the Icelandic band SIGUR ROS to create an original video for their “Valtari Mystery Film Experiment.”
Bob Paris’ electronic art has screened at venues around the world including the Whitney Biennial, the Image Forum Festival in Tokyo and the Rencontres Internationales in Paris and Berlin. He currently directs The Cluster Project, an ongoing web gallery and blog that uses multimedia artworks to explore weapons, war, civilian casualties and pop culture. In 2015 Paris will launch online the Disturbance Cycle, a series of works that resurrect scenes from the TV coverage of the 1992 L.A. riots to explore spectacle, social disaster, and historic amnesia. Paris received a master’s degree from the University of California at Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism. He is currently an associate professor in Kinetic Imaging at VCU’s School of the Arts in Richmond, Virginia, where he teaches socially engaged media and video production.