Beginning in 1979, The Big Muddy Film Festival has been a Southern Illinois staple for the past 38 years. This year we decided to take a look back at the past and honor how much good the festival has done as well as the people who have dedicated their time to make it so special. The first Annual Big Muddy Film Festival Tributaries took place on March 23, 2016, at the Chicago Museum of Contemporary Art. The two-day event included workshops for area High School students by C&P faculty, an exhibition of SIUC Cinema and Photography student work, an alum reunion, and screenings of two recent alum work as well as and screenings from The 38th Annual Big Muddy Film Festival. The event is produced by organizers of this year’s Big Muddy Film Festival along with faculty and students from the College of Mass Communication and Media Arts and it’s Department of Cinema and Photography at SIU Carbondale.
Each screening costs $10 per film, or you can purchase a $25 All-Day pass that gets you into all four feature films throughout the entire event. These films include SIUC alum, Kris Swanberg’s Unexpected, Betsey Kalin’s East LA Interchange, Jack Pettibone Riccobono’s The Seventh Fire, and Henry Hobin’s Maggie, which was written by SIUC alum, John Scott III, Proceeds from ticket sales and additional donations benefit The Big Muddy Film Festival. However, this event has limited capacity, so be sure to purchase your tickets today to guarantee yourself a self.