Schedule

Free admission for every event. 

Click on each event for times, film showings and locations.

Note: “Partitions” is be an on-going film and media exhibit throughout the month of February at Artspace 304. Visit the Carbondale Community Arts website for their hours of operation.

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Monday, Feb 19
Monday, Feb 19
Opening Reception
Guyon Auditorium <br>Morris Library<br>605 Agriculture Drive

Location: Guyon Auditorium, Morris Library, 605. Agriculture Drive
Doors Open at 5 pm.

Shy Guys (8:16)
Dir. Fredric Lehne
Two strangers confront and resolve one of the most perplexing, insidious scourges to ever afflict mankind - while standing at neighboring urinals.

After Hours Trading (1:43:00)
Dir. Fredrick Johnson
A shiftless malcontent teams up with a shady Eastern European con artist to make some quick cash, but ends up becoming an unlikely, and reluctant, Robin Hood when he discovers his new partner-in-crime has traveled halfway around the world to free a victim of human trafficking.

Tuesday, Feb 20
Tuesday, Feb 20
Juror Talk: Tom Ludwig
Soundstage (Rm 1116)

Come check a Big Muddy and SIUC alumni discuss his work and answer audience questions!

Location: SIUC Mass Communications Building, Soundstage (Rm 1116), 1100 Lincoln Drive

Tom Ludwig is an award-winning filmmaker and arts educator from Kalamazoo, Michigan who teaches film interpretation at Western Michigan University and film and video production for Education for the Arts; a unique countywide arts education program for the public schools in Kalamazoo County.

Over the past 30 years he taught these subjects at Oakland Community College, The University of Michigan, Detroit Filmmakers Coalition, Bowling Green State University, and Schoolcraft College prior to settling in Kalamazoo. Since graduating from Southern Illinois University Carbondale in 1981 with an MFA in film production, Tom has worked in Detroit, Chicago, and Hollywood as a director of photography, editor, screenwriter, director, and producer on narrative feature films, commercials, and promotional videos. From 1970 to today he has maintained production of a personal body of work in experimental and documentary film. His work has gained recognition through film festivals, public television, special screenings, and guest lecturing.

Social Justice Showcase
Flyover Infoshop<br> 214 N. Washington

Location: Flyover Infoshop, 214 N. Washington

The Valley Rebels (24:44)
Dir. Ben Lenzner
Cédric Herrou is a farmer who supports and houses African refugees in the alpine village of Breil-Sur-Roya in southern France. Some regard him as a heroic good samaritan, but others – including the French border police and state prosecutor – denounce him as the leader of a band of smugglers, bringing migrants from Italy into France while flouting official border controls. As Cedric moves from one prosecution to another, why do he and his fellow activists feel compelled to defy the authorities?

Evidence of the Evidence (21:33)
Dir. Alexander Johnston
A work of “archival vérité“ and a meta-reflection on the role of the camera as both a weapon and a maker of history, Evidence of the Evidence chronicles the infamous 1971 Attica prison uprising.

dancedance/Re♦Volution (26:42)
Dir. Mark Freeman
Rooted in both tradition and the idioms of modern movement, this half-hour documentary introduces new audiences to work ranging from site-specific solos to multi-media physical theater, while depicting the struggle for freedom is ongoing in post-apartheid South Africa.

The Maribor Uprisings: A Live Participatory Film (1:30:00)
Dir. Maple Razsa & Milton Guillén
This live participatory documentary invites audiences to grapple with the intimate as well as the public meanings of protest through reflection on the choices of actual participants in the uprising—as well as the choices they themselves make during the screening. How are citizens’ senses of themselves changed by experiences of state force: tear gas, stun grenades, armored vehicles, water cannons, and helicopters? Is this what one protester described as “feeling the state on your own skin?” In these violent encounters, why do so many protesters feel “love at the barricades?” What are the perils—and the possibilities—of these increasingly common eruptions in urban life?

Reflections in Real Time
SIUC Student Center<br>1255 Lincoln Drive

Location: SIUC Student Center, 1255 Lincoln Driven

Abby the Spoon Lady (10:29)
Dir. Justinsuperstar Johnson
You’ve never seen anyone play the spoons like this! Asheville-based Abby Roach is one of a few in the world who makes a living clacking a pair of flatware together. Often underestimated, Abby’s incredible life story is anything but dull.

Hill Climb (10:44)
Dir. Andrew Morgan & Nick Nummerdor
Hill Climb offers a candid look into the nearly 100 year tradition of the Mt. Garfield All Pro Motorcycle Hillclimb.

Every Ghost Has An Orchestra (7:10)
Dir. Shayna Connelly
Truth hides in the margins and the artist’s role is to point to it. The question of what happens after we die is a universal question explored by paranormal researcher and experimental composer Michael Esposito. He straddles the line between spiritual and material and asks the audience to reflect on our purpose, legacy and what our actions say about who we are.

How to Be Bad (7:18)
Dir. Vicky Lee
An elderly free-spirit with a stubborn anti-work philosophy reflects on his life.

Sanctuary (7:53)
Dir. Ashley Seering
An abandoned church gets an unexpected second chance.

Flint Michigan: The United States of America (6:00)
Dir. Holly Hey
A short documentary about Vanessa, a grandmother in Flint, Michigan who shares her stories about the daily struggles she faces while living through the city’s water crisis.

Dancing in Limbo (14:00)
Dir. Amanda Larsh
When dance becomes the only way to express yourself and forget your troubles, true passion emerges. It’s this passion to overcome, to prove themselves and to show the world that they’re people too that drives a group of young dancers inside the Dzaleka Refugee Camp to prove they’re just as good as their American idols.

sakantama (17:43)
Dir. Asuka Lin
A recollection and improvisation of an enchanting childhood tale, interwoven with meditative images of the Japanese fishing industry.

Wednesday, Feb 21
Wednesday, Feb 21
Juror Talk: Akosua Adoma Owusu

Come check out an established female filmmaker discuss her work and answer audience questions.

Location: SIUC Mass Communications Building, Soundstage (Rm 1116), 1100 Lincoln Drive

Akosua Adoma Owusu is a Ghanaian-American filmmaker, producer, and cinematographer whose films have screened worldwide in prestigious film festivals, museums, galleries, universities and microcinemas since 2005. Her work addresses the collision of identities, where the African immigrant located in the United States has a "triple consciousness.”Owusu interprets Du Bois’ notion of double consciousness and creates a third identity or consciousness, representing the diverse consciousness of women and African immigrants interacting in African, white American, and black American culture.Named by Indiewire as one of the six Avant-Garde Female Filmmakers Who Redefined Cinema, her work addresses the collision of identities, where the African immigrant located in the United States has a “triple consciousness.”

Owusu interprets Du Bois’ notion of double consciousness and creates a third identity or consciousness, representing the diverse consciousness of women and African immigrants interacting in African, white American, and black American culture. She has been featured in major international exhibitions including the Museum of Modern Art; the Centre Georges Pompidou; the Whitney Museum of American Art; the Hammer Museum and Fowler Museum at UCLA; Art + Practice; Prospect.3: Notes for Now New Orleans Biennial; the Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia; and at the Studio Museum in Harlem. She is the recipient of many awards including an African Movie Academy Award, Creative Capital grant, MacDowell Colony fellowship and a Guggenheim Memorial Foundation fellowship.

Fade to Black
Guyon Auditorium<br>Morris Library<br>605 Agriculture Drive

Location: Guyon Auditorium, Morris Library, 605 Agriculture Drive

1000 Smiles Per Hour (15:00)
Dir. Fabian Altenried
1000 Smiles Per Hour follows an androgynous jester for one day and one night through a decaying sea side town.

The KNOW (1:12:05)
Dir. Boomer and Adam Galassi
A compulsive eater/cleaning man tries to keep his spirit in tact in a world where all media is owned by one company with an agenda of mind control.

Thursday, Feb 22
Thursday, Feb 22
Juror Talk: Ben Kalina
Soundstage (Rm 1116)

Come check a Big Muddy and SIUC alumni discuss his work and answer audience questions!

Location: SIUC Mass Communications Building, Soundstage (Rm 1116), 1100 Lincoln Drive

As COO and Supervising Producer of Titmouse Animation, Ben Kalina is responsible for overseeing production and development across its three studios. He helps promote and maintain the studios’ overall vision, facilitates all incoming jobs and manages processing techniques. While serving as supervising producer on Amazon's Niko and the Sword of Light, the show won an Emmy for Outstanding Children's Animated Program.

Prior to Titmouse, he worked in production at Warner Bros. Animation & VFX. During his time there he helped develop their digital pipeline and worked on transitioning the studio from traditional paper animation to a digital workflow.

He currently oversees production on the Netflix comedy series Big Mouth, the upcoming Amazon kids show Little Big Awesome, and the seventh season of the Adult Swim cult classic Venture Bros. Though Titmouse is known primarily for their television programming, Kalina has been instrumental in expanding Titmouse’s scope and client base to include advertising campaigns, music videos, and video game trailers. Recent projects include the Grammy-nominated music video for Jay-Z’s “The Story of OJ,” a Nike for Champs TV spot, and a Clash Royale: Sea of Chaos multi-spot promotional package.

Female Empowerment Showcase
Longbranch Cafe & Bakery<br>100 E. Jackson

Location: Longbranch Cafe & Bakery, 100 E. Jackson

Wearing the Big Heart (5:05)
Dir. Tony Grady Carter-Hill
A personal film that magnifies a series of peculiar moments from the initial Women’s March in Los Angeles, California.

Here Still (24:44)
Dir. Alyssa Michener
A short documentary film about surviving intimate partner violence.

Left on Pearl (55:00)
Dir. Susan Rivo
In 1971, classified ads for employment were still segregated by gender, battered women’s shelters did not exist, abortion was illegal, and married women couldn’t open a bank account without their husbands’ permission. Left on Pearl is about the movement that changed all that

Slice of Life
SIUC Student Center <br> 1255 Lincoln Drive

Location: SIUC Student Center, 1255 Lincoln Drive

Uptown (18:52)
Dir. Devin Vaughn
A young woman on the North Side of Chicago reacts to an act of street violence.

Just Be There (14:44)
Dir. Ulla Nagy
B’s relationship with his over-controlling box trainer father suddenly appears in a different light when B gets to know about the father’s serious illness.

Unforgotten (15:15)
Dir. Alexander Wilson-Flynn
An elderly man near the end of his life passes lonely days in an old folk’s home writing letters to an old friend. But the arrival of a new occupant in the home reopens doors to the past and changes everything.

A Desert Storm (15:18)
Dir. Joshua Lee
Miles’ fascination with his favorite toy fighter jet becomes complicated after he encounters an exiled Vietnam veteran living alone in the desert

Safety Net (17:15)
Dir. Andrew Rudd
Jerry Harris, a 35 year old black man, tries to save his home from foreclosure just before his wife gives birth to their first child.

Burning Angel Dust (14:44)
Dir. Jackie Stone
A Nigérienne immigrant struggles to adapt to American life while preserving cultural customs for her westernized children. Mimi’s 10-year-old daughter Violet is excited about her coming of age celebration, but it turns out to be far more life-altering than she could ever imagine. There’s a price to keep traditions alive.

Bitches Love Brunch (14:44)
Dir. Sasha Leigh Henry
4 girls, 1 brunch date, 0 dollars. When all seems lost in love and the job market, Chantelle and her three friends show each other how to get by.

Friday, Feb 23
Friday, Feb 23
Big Muddy Luncheon
<br>Mass Communications Bldg<br>Deans Conference Room

Location: Mass Communications Building, Deans Conference Room

Student, faculty, and alumni are all welcome to join us in a Big Muddy Luncheon for this year's jurors: Tom Ludwig, Ben Kalina, and Akosua Adoma Owusu!

Black Perspectives
African American Museum of Southern Illinois<br>1237 E. Main

Location: African American Museum of Southern Illinois, 1237 E. Main (Inside the mall)

It's Just a Gun (14:05)
Dir. Brian Robau
When a young boy named Gabe finds a .38 caliber Smith & Wesson revolver, it will set in motion a series of events that will change him forever.

Show Me Democracy (1:25:00)
Dir. Dan Parris
Amidst the uprising in Ferguson, 7 St. Louis college students evolve into advocates and activists as they demand change through policy and protest.

Remember the Past
Guyon Auditorium<br>

Location: Guyon Auditorium, Morris Library, 605 Agriculture Drive

Some Things I Can’t (5:00)
Dir.Auden Lincoln-Vogel
An experimental animated documentary based on an anonymous interview with a US Army veteran who served in Afghanistan.

Erase and Forget (1:22:00)
Dir. Andrea Luka Zimmerman
Erase and Forget asks that we do exactly the opposite of what the film’s title proposes; and it makes its case, crucially, through those representations of violence – individually and collectively – in popular culture, as well as never before seen archive footage showing US government involvement in both the drugs trade and early Taliban training.

Late Night Transmission
WDBX<br>

Location: WDBX, 224 N. Washington

Empty Nightclub (7:32)
Dir. Benjamin Edelberg
Are we looking for the party or are we desperately searching for the exit? Empty Nightclub is a maze of urban streets, dark corridors and dance floors.

Bending the Line (7:19)
Dir. Ruth Goldman
Bending the Line is an experimental documentary that aids to combine a simple and playful visual aesthetic with a complex sound design in order to challenge and queer assumptions about gender: bending the frame and pushing the sound wave.

Farewell Transmission (14:00)
Dir. Mike Rollo
Farewell Transmission is equal parts indexical record of the demolition of CBK in 2015 and subjective response to the residual media documenting the event.

House (1:30)
Dir. Kyja K-Nelson
On the surface, a study in form, rhythm and architecture in Iceland and North Dakota. Scratch the surface and find a meditation on emigration and immigration.

Nonoko / Kaos No Ma (2:29)
Dir. Michael Lyons
Nonoko Sato is a member of Kiraza Butoh Company and is also active as an independent artist.

Circles of Confusion (5:00)
Dir. Jason Britski
A formal experiment that combines underwater photography and archival “home movie” footage.

Corridory (3:30)
Dir. Matt Meindl
If these walls could talk they’d ramble.

A Great Green Desert (of surpluses and embargoes) (4:35)
Dir. Ryan Griffis
This documentary short juxtaposes two stories. At the site where much of these soybeans will leave the US through ports in the Gulf of Mexico, a hulking machine moves four million pounds of soybeans per hour, from river barges to sea-going Panamax ships. An agricultural economist in Illinois recounts the impact of an unexpected embargo by the US on exports of soybeans to Japan in 1973.

Camera Threat (29:59)
Dir. Bernd Lützeler
Seated on a casting couch, two actors are getting stuck in impromptu conversations on the side effects of a world that no longer bothers to tell facts from fiction.

It Came From the Big Muddy

Location: The Varsity Center, 418 S. Illinois Ave

WHITE (15:00)
Dir. David Moya
White Man arrives to the Transition Centre Plus after dying of food poisoning in a cruise. There he is informed that he cannot be white in his next life.

Nothing a Little Soap and Water Can’t Fix (9:15)
Dir. Jennifer Proctor
In films, as in life, the bathtub is often considered a private space for women – a place not only to groom, but to relax, to think, to grieve, to be alone, to find sanctuary. For Hollywood, though, it’s also a place of naked vulnerability, where women narratively placed in harm’s way have no escape.

Next Time You’ll Know Better (3:14)
Dir. Jennifer Stachovic
In the darkness of his room, a boy falls victim to a vile creature with a voracious appetite. He isn’t the only one though, its probably happened to you too. Don’t you remember?

BAUMU (9:30)
Dir. Shao-Chun Chung
A female killer, who desires to have a child and a cold-blooded male killer. They go to an apartment at night to assassinate a drug addict. Unfortunately, the drug addict’s wife is there as well.

God’s Country (19:17)
Dir. Alec Gutherz
Living on acres of isolated farmland, a young housewife is pushed to the brink with no way out.

Real Artists (12:00)
Dir. Cameo Wood
Against all odds, Sophia Baker just scored her dream interview at the world-famous Semaphore Animation Studios — who’d have thought a fan edit of one of their hit films could land her a shot at a job? But when she meets arch, mysterious executive Anne Palladon, she soon learns all is not as she expects behind the curtain. Every instinct Sophia has ever had about art in filmmaking is about to be challenged.

The Cure (19:35)
Dir. Mike Olenick
A mom cries, photos fly, cats spy, and bodies collide in this sci-fi soap opera that unravels the secret dreams of people who are desperately searching for ways to cure their fears of loneliness.

The Past Inside the Present (12:13)
Dir. James Siewert
An allegorical tale of a couple who attempt to renew their dying relationship by plugging directly into recordings of their memories.

Saturday, Feb 24
Saturday, Feb 24
Saturday Morning Cartoons
Artspace 304<br>304 W. Walnut

Location: Artspace 304, 304 W. Walnut

Corky (5:45)
Dir. Ty Primosch
A corkscrew with a screw loose battles a giant glass bottle to uncork seven magical lightning bugs trapped inside.

Sunny and Gerd in Spring Cleaning (5:35)
Dir. DaCosta Bayley
A whistle blows, signalling break time. Gerd sits in his favourite spot to enjoy his break and catch up on some reading. Unbeknownst to Gerd, his best friend Sunny is about to deny him any respite from the day’s grind. Things go from zero to “wha’-tha’?!” when Sunny finds himself in a tight spot and Gerd has to rescue his little buddy. Some quick thinking and a little hacking just might save the day.

The Puppy Trials (4:02)
Dir. Thomas Nicol
The Puppy Trials is the story of an old abandoned German Shepherd teaching a group of puppies how to behave, so they can get adopted.

The Art of Aping (4:49)
Dir. Suresh Eriyat
The Art of Aping measures the ‘ape-ness’ in an Indian man using an ape-meter.

Stars (5:06)
Dir. Han Zhang
Grandpa and grandson street sellers sell stars in a town near the shore. One night, they run out of the stars…

The Three Siblings (9:45)
Dir. Timothy David Orme
The Three Siblings is an animated fairy tale that ultimately culminates as a myth of mortality. It’s a tale of the birth of knowledge (death) and overconsumption told via the antiquated and painstaking method of multiplane camera animation.

FireFire (6:16)
Dir. Russell Konzelmann
A happy normal day takes a turn for the worse when an outside force tampers with the balance.

A Foreign Exchange
Mass Communications Bldg (Rm 1116)<br>1100 Lincoln Drive

Location: Mass Communications Bldg (Rm 1116), 1100 Lincoln Drive

Pale White (8:26)
Dir. Mohammad Reza Jafari
A girl helps her brother build a kite, but boy…

No Place Like on the Road (1:04:30)
Dir. Balint Mark Turi
Nándi, a wannabe music composer returns to his rural hometown in Hungary after 7 years of abortive wandering. His stay is temporary waiting for a work visa to New Zealand. Meanwhile he goes through a series of encounters that act as mirrors to him, forcing him to come to terms with his life.

An Alternate Reality
Mass Communications Bldg<br>1100 Lincoln Drive<br>Soundstage (Rm 1116)

Location: Mass Communications Building, Soundstage (Rm 1116),1100 Lincoln Drive

Minerals and Buttercups (15:55)
Dir. Laura Iancu
A film about viewing, vision and preservation made around unceremoniously manipulated diary entries of John Ruskin.

The World is Mine (1:10:00)
Dir. Ann Oren
The film examines the performative nature of cosplaying – dressing up and playing the role of fictional characters – as a hybrid space where reality blurs into fetishistic fantasies and pop culture clichés. Combining fan-made lyrics and songs, Oren’s trials and tribulations in the fictional Miku world unfolds through vague erotic episodes and encounters with characters whose ontological status remains mysterious, bringing to mind the adventures of a modern Alice in a virtual Wonderland.

The Lightest Darkness
Mass Communications Bldg<br>Soundstage (Rm 1116)<br>1110 Lincoln Drive

Locations: Mass Communications Bldg, Soundstage (Rm 1116),1110 Lincoln Drive

The Lightest Darkness (1:23:00)
Dir. Diana Galimzyanova
When a neurotic private eye who struggles to finish the case takes a train voyage, his own dark secrets begin to reveal themselves.

Hour 15 Film Showcase
Pinch Penny Pub<br>701 E. Grand

Location: Pinch Penny Pub, 701 E. Grand

In a World of Bad Breath (5:30)
Dir. Chris Graybill
Somewhere along the way humans were eaten by their own creations. And now forgotten archetypes and obsolete specters dance in the corners of the new world of Bad Breath.

The Story of Everything (16:00)
Dir. Sharon Mooney
Lorraine is on a lifelong search for her former foster brother. She has a tense encounter with a stranger named Marcus, who then joins her on a road trip. As they search for the past and future, time becomes fluid and dream-logic takes over.

Isolamento (5:23)
Dir. Carmelo Zucco
A mother who feels like she’s enabling her son’s mental illness with any action she takes, driving him further into darkness. A father who grinds away at a life that has him on his knees. He yearns for the way out, wishing to return to a more natural way of life. A son who’s so fed up with the world he wants to simply end it all in flames, regardless of the pain it would cause those closest to him. This absurd reality is cradled by the plights of other people, caught in their own struggles, both aware and oblivious to the bubble they’ve put themselves in.

Be Able (3:14)
Dir. Temple Cach
A bitter sweet paper-cut delirium about medias and consumer-driven society.

Little Big Sky (3:30)
Dir. Cait Davis
From the inside of a fabricated miniature honky tonk bar, each character shares a story of their rural American home-town; examining small-town lore and the importance of embracing humanity’s rich and textured history viewed through the lens of Kingsbury, Texas.

Conditioner (4:46)
Dir. Shane Beam
An audition for a conditioner commercial becomes an otherworldly psychogenic experience.

Breakdown (9:49)
Dir. Greg Tudéla
Michel is desperate. He’s just been fired. He decides to rob the bar he goes to every day. But nothing is going to happen as planned.

North & Nowhere (11:31)
Dir. Scott Ballard
A girl, a gun and a last chance.

Professional Cuddler (15:33)
Dir. Mika Orr
A young Israeli man is about to meet his long-distance lover for the first time– while pursuing his dreams in NYC playing the trumpet by day and working as a Professional Cuddler by night.

Closing Ceremony
Guyon Auditorim<br>Morris Library<br>605 Agriculture Drive

Location: Guyon Auditiorium, Morris Library, 605 Agriculture Drive

Co-hosted by the SIU Foundation, this year's closing ceremony will be the biggest one yet. We welcome students, faculty, alumni and community goers alike to come on out as there will be food, film, fun for everyone as we take a trip down memory lane to remind everyone of all that the Big Muddy has done for not only Carbondale but the Southern Illinois region.

We hope to see you all there because it's going to be a night to remember.

Sunday, Feb 25
Sunday, Feb 25
John Michaels Award Showcase
<br>Carbondale Public Library <br> 405 W. Main

Come check out the hand-selected John Michaels award-winning films.

John Michaels was a cinema student at SIUC in the 1980s who dedicated his work to peace and justice. While a student, he traveled to Cuba with Professor Emeritus and Big Muddy Film Festival founder Mike Covell to document the daily life of people immersed in that living revolution. Closer to home, Michaels worked on a film about a St Louis church that gave haven to Nicaraguans escaping persecution from a dictatorship at home. After leaving Carbondale, Michaels was diagnosed with brain cancer, from which he did not survive. To memorialize his work, the Big Muddy Festival added an award category to encourage filmmakers who focus on creating inspiring stories about struggles for social justice, locally and in the world. Each year a jury of local activists and engaged residents spends a day watching documentaries in order to select the ones that offered the most relevant, impassioned and engaged perspectives to the many troubles of our time. This year we viewed films covering a range of subjects, environmental racism, police brutality, institutional racism, industrial toxins and dangerous petro-infrastructures, and struggles for true democratic representation.

Many of these films intelligently, sometimes humorously, uncovered the systemic roots of injustice in laws that do not provide protection for the most vulnerable in our society. The most inspiring films revealed a vision of the possible- ways that people are reorienting themselves within the society by creating new communities, by conducting their own research and by forging new possibilities for the cultivation of non-violence, mutual care and justice as a public form of love.

John Michaels Award Showcase
Carbondale Public Library <br> 405 W. Main

Come check out the hand-selected John Michaels award-winning films.
John Michaels was a cinema student at SIUC in the 1980s who dedicated his work to peace and justice. While a student, he traveled to Cuba with Professor Emeritus and Big Muddy Film Festival founder Mike Covell to document the daily life of people immersed in that living revolution. Closer to home, Michaels worked on a film about a St Louis church that gave haven to Nicaraguans escaping persecution from a dictatorship at home. After leaving Carbondale, Michaels was diagnosed with brain cancer, from which he did not survive. To memorialize his work, the Big Muddy Festival added an award category to encourage filmmakers who focus on creating inspiring stories about struggles for social justice, locally and in the world. Each year a jury of local activists and engaged residents spends a day watching documentaries in order to select the ones that offered the most relevant, impassioned and engaged perspectives to the many troubles of our time. This year we viewed films covering a range of subjects, environmental racism, police brutality, institutional racism, industrial toxins and dangerous petro-infrastructures, and struggles for true democratic representation.

Many of these films intelligently, sometimes humorously, uncovered the systemic roots of injustice in laws that do not provide protection for the most vulnerable in our society. The most inspiring films revealed a vision of the possible- ways that people are reorienting themselves within the society by creating new communities, by conducting their own research and by forging new possibilities for the cultivation of non-violence, mutual care and justice as a public form of love.

John Michaels Award Showcase
Carbondale Public Library <br> 405 W. Main

Come check out the hand-selected John Michaels award-winning films.
John Michaels was a cinema student at SIUC in the 1980s who dedicated his work to peace and justice. While a student, he traveled to Cuba with Professor Emeritus and Big Muddy Film Festival founder Mike Covell to document the daily life of people immersed in that living revolution. Closer to home, Michaels worked on a film about a St Louis church that gave haven to Nicaraguans escaping persecution from a dictatorship at home. After leaving Carbondale, Michaels was diagnosed with brain cancer, from which he did not survive. To memorialize his work, the Big Muddy Festival added an award category to encourage filmmakers who focus on creating inspiring stories about struggles for social justice, locally and in the world. Each year a jury of local activists and engaged residents spends a day watching documentaries in order to select the ones that offered the most relevant, impassioned and engaged perspectives to the many troubles of our time. This year we viewed films covering a range of subjects, environmental racism, police brutality, institutional racism, industrial toxins and dangerous petro-infrastructures, and struggles for true democratic representation.

Many of these films intelligently, sometimes humorously, uncovered the systemic roots of injustice in laws that do not provide protection for the most vulnerable in our society. The most inspiring films revealed a vision of the possible- ways that people are reorienting themselves within the society by creating new communities, by conducting their own research and by forging new possibilities for the cultivation of non-violence, mutual care and justice as a public form of love.

The Best of the Fest Showcase
Longbranch Cafe & Bakery <br> 100 E. Jackson

Three jurors have hand-selected their top picks for this year's festival and we will be showcasing them at "The Best of the Fest" event at Longbranch!

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