Started in 1979, The Big Muddy Film Festival remains a significant cultural event in Carbondale as well as the whole Southern Illinois region. Each year, The Big Muddy Crew, the committee of students who run the festival, selects three film and media enthusiasts from all walks of life with various interests to jury the films selected into The Big Muddy Film Festival. Past Jurors have included Barbara Hammer, Naomi Uman, Kris Swanberg, Akosua Adoma Owusu, Jim Jarmusch, Kerry Laitala, James Benning, Tomonari Nishikawa, and Sasha Waters-Freyer.
The 2019 Big Muddy Festival Jurors have yet to be announced. Please keep checking back for updates.