Announcing The Winner of the 39th Annual John Micheal Award

Hello all!

Today, we have a special announcement for all you Big Muddy Festival-goers. We have decided on a winner of the  John Michaels award.

For those unaware about the award and it’s significance to the Big Muddy Film Festival, John Michaels was a cinema student at Southern Illinois University Carbondale in the 1980’s and left SIUC with a master’s in the fine arts to become a filmmaker. However, his dream was cut short when he was diagnosed with brain cancer and he died during his second surgery to remove the tumor. However, during his time at SIUC he touched the lives of everyone he worked with, especially those of The Big Muddy Film Festival.

The award is selected by a jury of members from the community who are peace and justice activists as Michaels was. They spend a day watching documentaries  and select ones that offer the most relevant, impassioned, and engaged perspectives to the troubles of today.

And the winner of the John Michaels award for this festival season is…

The Peace Agency

For more information about The Peace Agency, click here. And be sure to catch a special screening of the film during our Big Muddy Preview Event tomorrow,  Monday, February 20, 2017 at Guyon Auditorium in the Morris Library from 6pm-8pm, following the film, Fragments!

Congratulations to everyone that worked hard on the film and see you all tomorrow!