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Southern Illinois Carbondale February 19th - 25th


Big Muddy’s 40th Year

In the last forty-years the Big Muddy Film Festival has grown to be a wellrespected and wholly independent, community- focused tradition. It is one of the oldest student-led film festivals in the country, and it is the student’s passion and commitment to good cinema that has kept the festival alive. Each week the student crew members of the Big Muddy Film Festival gather to watch submissions, discuss favorites and debate cinemas. This year 72 films will be presented. The Big Muddy encourages grassroots filmmaking in local communities and supports the work of both emerging and accomplished filmmakers. Located in the heart of Southern Illinois, wildlife preserves, hiking trails and rolling hills are just a few of the beautiful landscape that attracts filmmakers and creatives to the area. We hope you find the program enjoyable and stimulating. If you have any comments or suggestions, please let us know. We appreciate your participation in the festival!

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President’s Letter Welcome to the 40th Annual Big Muddy Film Festival. Big Muddy Film Festival was founded by Professor Mike Covell and a few students. Our mission to provide Southern Illinoisans and university students with independent, underground films has been grounded with lasting orchestration. Being granted the opportunity to helm the orchestration of the festival and its student crew this year is an honor, given its history. This year, Big Muddy Crew pre-screened over two-hundred & fifty submissions from 27 countries and selected the prime films to be judged by jurors versed in each of the categories. Respectively, each film tells a story that is rightly inclusive of various individuals, personas, environments and realities that show the ladder and dynamic of a narrative. Filmmakers categorize their creations into the distinctive genres of experimental, documentary, narrative, and animation. Yet they all revolve around a story, a voice. Likewise, Big Muddy Crew & it’s supporters have processed the years through a multitude of voices. Big Muddy appreciates the support and will continue to impart evolving, diverse, and unique work amongst an audience that believes in the strength of storytelling. This festival is all endowed to the passion of the students, donors, and supporters whose involvement allows for creative visions to endure.

Kelechi Agwuncha President 18’

“Seeks to explore and push the boundaries of cinema, embracing genre and form bending practices, inter-media collaborations and cinema as catalyst for community engagement.” - Creative Capital, 2013

“People should expose themselves to different messages because if all you are doing is sitting and watching FOX News and going to see the latest Ben Stiller movie, you are not going to get a very rich American cultural experience” -Evan Smith, Festival Director 2004

“When the festival started with the original group of students, I told them as long as the community and students supported and helped with the festival it would survive” - Mike Covell, Festival Founder, 2009

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Film Schedule MONDAY

TUESDAY

TOM LUDWIG

12pm-1pm Juror Talk: Tom Ludwig Soundstage, Room 1116

WEDNESDAY

BEN KALINA

12pm-12:50pm Juror Talk: Ben Kalina Soundstage, Room 1116

THURSDAY

FRIDAY

AKOSUA ADOMA OWUSU

12pm-12:50pm Juror Talk: Akosua Adoma Owusu Soundstage, Room 1116

12pm-2pm Big Muddy Luncheon Dean’s Conference Room

4pm-6pm Female Empowerment Longbranch Cafe

4pm-6pm Black Perspectives African American Museum of Southern Illinois

REAL ARTISTS FILM STILL 5pm-8pm Opening Reception Morris Library Guyon Auditorium

5pm-7pm Social Justice Showcase Flyover Social Center

6pm-8pm Reflections in Real Time Student Center Auditorium

7pm Remembering the Past Morris Library

7pm-9pm Fade to Black Morris Library

6pm-8pm Slice of Life Student Center Auditorium, Room 1116

7pm-9pm Late Night Transmission WDBX

9pm-11pm It came from the Big Muddy Varsity Theater for the Arts

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SATURDAY

SUNDAY

Venues:

10am-11am Saturday Morning Cartoons Carbondale Community Arts

African American Museum University Mall 1237 E. Main Street

11am-1pm Foreign Exchange Soundstage, Room 1116

Artspace 304

304 W Walnut St

Carbondale Public Library 1pm-3pm Alternate Reality Soundstage, Room 1116

2pm-4pm John Michaels Winners Carbondale Public Library

Communications Building

1100 Lincoln Drive (Rm. 1116)

Flyover Social Center

3pm-5pm Lightest Darkness Production Designer Q & A Soundstage, Room 1116 3pm-5pm Adult Happy Hour Pinch Penny

405 W. Main

214 N Washington Street

Guyon Auditorium

at Morris Library 605 Agriculture Drive 5pm-7pm Best of the Fest Longbranch

Longbranch Cafe

100 E. Jackson Street

Pinch Penny Pub & Garden 6pm-9pm Closing Reception Morris Library

700 E Grand Ave

SIU Student Center 1255 Lincoln Dr.

Varsity Theater for the Arts 418 S. Illinois Avenue

WDBX 224 N. Washington Street IT’S JUST A GUN

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The Big Muddy Jurors

Ben Kalina

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.

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Tom Ludwig

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 county wide 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.

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Workshop Presentations: *Tuesday, 2/20 Akosua Adoma Owusu

Akosua Adoma Owusu is a GhanaianAmerican filmmaker and producer 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. She has been featured in major international exhibitions including the Museum of Modern Art; the Centre Georges Pompidou; the Whitney Museum of American Art; 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.

Tom Ludwig Soundstage, Room. 1116, Time: 12pm-1pm

*Wednesday, 2/21 Ben Kalina Soundstage, Room 1116, Time: 12pm-12:50pm

*Thursday, 2/22 Akosua Adoma Owusu Soundstage, Room 1116 Time: 12pm-12:50pm

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John Michaels Award Winner Imagining a world of mutuality and caring: The John Michaels Social Justice Award 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 petroinfrastructures, 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 re-orienting 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. 8

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Left on Pearl

Left on Pearl Director: Susan Rivo Synopsis:

Through extensive TV news coverage from the time, newspaper headlines, found footage, and interviews with participants and eyewitnesses of varied sexual orientations, racial, class and ethnic backgrounds (including both supporters and opponents of the takeover), LEFT ON PEARL documents a watershed moment in the early days of the Women’s Liberation Movement, situating it within the broader political ferment of the time – the anti-war, civil rights, Black Power and gay liberation movements. The film highlights the hilarity and excitement, as well as the challenges and fault-lines within this social movement. Honorable Mentions: The Valley Rebels Dr. Ben Lenzner Evidence of the Evidence Dr. Alexander Johnston 40th ANNUAL BIG MUDDY FILM FESTIVAL

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Partitions Scenes from the Anthracene Experimental

Length: (14:19)

Shot at the Bronx Zoo and the Museum of Natural History this piece is a lament on anthropogenic climate change and the human urge toward oblivion. Director: Greg Biermann

Katagami

Experimental Length: (3:10)

This stop-motion animation was made by photographing and re-photographing antique kimono resist-dyeing stencils in positive and negative. Director: Michael Lyon

History of Fire Prayer of Death Genesis Creation and Destructions

Experimental

Length: (18:42)

The film was hand processed and treated with various chemicals and bathed in rust... a history of man as Sisyphus in his absurd working presence. Director: Irving Gamboa

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Carbondale Community Art Monday, Feb 5–Sunday, Feb 25th Duet Tests 1, 7, 8, 10 Experimental

Length: (12:00)

A filmmaker and a dancer meet in the same location twice a day - once in the early morning, once in the late afternoon - for five consecutive days. They create a series of ten in-camera 16mm films that map the negotiation of improvised dance and cinematography and their collaborative relationship. Director: Jeremy Moss

FireFire

Animation Length: (6:16)

A happy normal day takes a turn for the worse when an outside force tampers with the balance. Director: Russell Konzelmann

The Maribor Uprisings: A Live Participatory Film Documentary

Length: (1:30:00)

This participatory documentary places audiences in the midst of the third and largest uprising as crowds surround and ransack Maribor, Slovenia under a hailstorm of tear gas canisters. Director: Maple Razesa & Milton GuillĂŠn

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Monday Feb.19th

After Hours

Opening Reception Morris Library Guyon Auditorium, Doors Open: 5pm, Time: 6pm-8pm

Screening Shy Guys / Narrative Length: (8:16)

Two strangers confront and resolve one of the most perplexing, insidious scourges to ever aict mankind - while standing at neighboring urinals.

Director: Fredric Lehne

After Hours Trading / Narrative Length: (1:43:00)

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.

Director: Fredrick Johnson

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Tuesday Feb.20th

Juror Talk: Tom Ludwig Soundstage, Rm. 1116, Time: 12pm-1pm

John Michaels Social Justice Showcase Flyover Social Center Time: 5pm-7pm The Valley Rebels / Documentary Length: (24:44)

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?

Director: Spencer Wolff

Evidence of the Evidence / Documentary Length: (21:33)

A work of “archival vérité,“ and a reflection on the camera as weapon and as maker of history, the film chronicles the Attica prison uprising.

Director: Alexander Johnston

dancedance / REVOLUTION / Documentary Length: (26:41)

dancedance/Re Volution is an introduction to the vibrant diversity of contemporary dance in South Africa. 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.

Director: Mark Freeman

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Abby the Spoon Lady

Tuesday Feb.20th Reflections In Real Time Student Center Auditorium Time: 6-8 pm Abby The Spoon Lady / Documentary Length: (10:19)

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.

Director: Justin Johnson

Hill Climb / Documentary Length: (10:44)

Hill Climb offers a candid look into the nearly 100 year tradition of the Mt. Garfield All Pro Motorcycle Hillclimb. The film is a snapshot of the riders, their bikes, and the enthusiasts that camp out on the shores of Lake Michigan for this exciting historic event.

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Reflections In Real Time Every Ghost Has an Orchestra / Documentary Length: (7:10)

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.

Director: Shayna Connelly

How To Be Bad / Documentary Length: (7:18)

An elderly free-spirit with a stubborn anti-work philosophy reflects on his life.

Director: Vicky Lee

Sanctuary / Documentary Length: (7:53)

An abandoned church gets an unexpected second chance as a skate park.

Director: Ashley Seering

Flint Michigan: The United States of America 2017 / Documentary Length: (6:00)

A short documentary about Vanessa, a grandmother in Flint who is fighting the community’s water crisis as best she can.

Director: Holly Hey

Dancing in Limbo / Documentary Length: (15:00)

When dance becomes the only way to express yourself and forget your troubles, true passion emerges.

Director: Jeremy Moss

sakanatama / Documentary Length: (17:34)

Blurring the boundaries between audience and authorship, oscillating between folklore and the tactile, this short film meditates on the questions we ask about our dying parents and grandparents, whose lives can so easily be drifted away upon parting waves.

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1000 Smiles Per Hour

Wednesday Feb.21th

Juror Talk: Akosua Adoma Owusu Soundstage, Room 1116 Time: 12pm-12:50pm

Fade to Black Morris Library Time: 7pm-9pm 1000 Smiles Per Hour / Narrative Length: (15:00)

1000 Smiles Per Hour follows an androgynous jester for one day and one night through a decaying sea side town.

Director: Fabian Altenried

The KNOW / Narrative Length: (1:12:05)

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.

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Thursday Feb.22th

Juror Talk: Ben Kalina Soundstage, Room 1116, Time: 12pm-12:50pm

Feb. 20th

Female Empowerment Longbranch Cafe Time: 4pm-6pm Wearing the Big Heart / Documentary Length: (5:05)

A personal film that magnifies a series of peculiar moments from the initial Women’s March in Los Angeles, California.

Director: Tony Carter-Hill

Here Still / Documentary Length: (24:00)

Here Still is a short documentary film about surviving intimate partner violence. The goal of the film is to empower survivors both on and off the screen through the creation of a collective voice. The focus is on the healing process as opposed to the abuse itself, a conversation that is rarely discussed.

Director: Alyssa Michener

Left on Pearl / Documentary Length: (55:00)

Through extensive TV news coverage from the time, newspaper headlines, found footage, and interviews with participants and eyewitnesses of varied sexual orientations, racial, class and ethnic backgrounds (including both supporters and opponents of the takeover), LEFT ON PEARL documents a watershed moment in the early days of the Women’s Liberation Movement, situating it within the broader political ferment of the time – the anti-war, civil rights, Black Power and gay liberation movements. The film highlights the hilarity and excitement, as well as the challenges and fault-lines within this social movement.

Director: Susan Rivo

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Burning Angel Dust

Thursday Feb.22th Slice of Life Student Center Auditorium, Rm. 1116 Time: 6pm-8pm Uptown / Narrative Length: (18:52)

A young woman on the North Side of Chicago reacts to an act of street violence.

Director: Devin Vaughn

Just Be There / Narrative Length: (14:44)

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.

Director: Ulla Nagy

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Slice of Life Unforgotten / Narrative Length: (15:15)

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.

Director: Alexander Wilson-Flynn

A Desert Storm / Narrative Length: (15:18)

Miles’ fascination with his favorite toy fighter jet becomes complicated after he encounters an exiled Vietnam veteran living alone in the desert. This begins a process of disillusionment for Miles as he begins to recognize the role of violence in shaping his sense of security.

Director: Joshua Lee

Safety Net / Narrative Length: (17:15)

How far would you go to hold on to the American Dream? This short narrative film follows Jerry Harris, a 35 year old black man, as he tries to save his home from foreclosure just before his wife gives birth to their first child.

Director: Andrew Rudd

Burning Angel Dust / Narrative Length: (15:49)

A Nigerienne 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.

Director: Jackie Stone

Bitches Love Brunch / Narrative Length: (10:44)

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.

Director: Sasha Leigh Henry

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Circles of Confusion

Friday Feb.23rd

Big Muddy Luncheon Dean’s Conference Room Time: 12pm-2pm

Black Perspectives African American Museum of Southern Illinois Time: 4pm-6pm It’s Just a Gun / Narrative Length: (15:00)

Imagine in the life time of a gun all the hands it passes through. It’s Just a Gun is just one chapter in that story. 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.

Director: Brian Robau

Show Me Democracy / Documentary Length: (1:25:00)

Amidst the uprising in Ferguson, 7 St. Louis college students evolve into advocates and activists as they demand change through policy and protest.

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Remembering the Past Morris Library Guyon Auditorium Time: 7pm Some Things I Can’t / Documentary Length: (5:00)

“Some Things I Can’t” is an experimental animated documentary based on an anonymous interview with a US Army veteran who served in Afghanistan. The interview deals with the traumatic experiences of war and the difficulties of returning to civilian life—both through what is recounted, and in the gaps of what can never be said. The imprecise and fragmentary animation style incorporates drawn and stop motion animation shot on a very small “macro” scale (16 mm X 9 mm).

Director: Auden Lincoln-Vogel

Erase and Forget / Documentary Length: (1:22:00)

Bo has also killed at least 400 people, often in the most violent ways. He embodies contemporary American society in all its dizzying complexity and contradiction.

Director: Andrea Luka Zimmerman

Late Night Transmission WDBX Radio Station | Experimental Showcase Time: 7pm Empty Nightclub / Experimental Length: (7:32)

Empty Nightclub is a maze of urban streets, dark corridors and dance floors. The video weaves scenes from Orlando, San Francisco, New York, Chicago and Toronto to take the viewer on a mysterious journey. Are we looking for the party or are we desperately searching for the exit?

Director: Benjamin Edelberg

Bending the Line / Experimental Length: (7:19)

Bending the Line is an experimental documentary. Shot on digital video, I created a created a set that allowed layering in production with two spaces of action directly on top of one another. My intention was 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.

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Erase and Forget

Friday Feb.23th Late Night Transmission Farewell Transmission / Experimental Length: (14:00)

The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation opened the doors of the CBK Transmitter Station in 1939 to serve the prairie region of Canada. Farewell Transmission is equal parts indexical record of the demolition of CBK in 2015 and subjective response to the residual media documenting the event. The building is framed with tension preceding its destruction: emulsion pulsates as if with decades of radio transmission, creating an unsettled eulogy for a cultural institution.

Director: Mike Rollo

House / Experimental Length: (1:30)

A meditation on emigration and immigration. Sound score by Icelandic noise artist, AMFJ.

Director: Kyja Kristjansson-Nelson

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Late Night Transmission Nonoko / Kaos No Ma / Experimental Length: (2:29)

Dancer Nonoko Sato at Gallery Kaos No Ma in Kyoto. Shot in ambient light on 30 year old Kodachrome and developed in Caffenol, each frame of the film was exposed for up to a second. Nonoko Sato (Japan) is a member of Kiraza Butoh Company and is also active as an independent artist.

Director: Michael Lyons

Circles of Confusion / Experimental Length: (5:00)

“Circles of Confusion” is formal experiment that combines underwater photography and archival “home movie” footage. The images are manipulated, superimposed, and degraded digitally in order to reveal the beauty and the danger hovering at their margins.

Director: Jason Britski

Corridory / Experimental Length: (3:30)

If these walls could talk they’d ramble. Colors, textures, and patterns of vintage wallpaper are used to create a meditation on space and time.

Director: Matt Meindl

A Great Green Desert (of surpluses and embargoes) / Experimental

Length: (4:35) 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.

Director: Ryan Griffis

Camera Threat / Experimental Length: (29:59)

Somewhere in the dreary nooks of Mumbai’s film industry, Camera Threat explores the ambivalent relationship this film city has with the moving image. 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.

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God’s Country

Friday Feb.23th It Came from the Big Muddy Varsity Theatre for the Arts Time: 8pm-10pm WHITE / Narrative Length: (15:00)

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. This triggers a ridiculous but insightful conversation about what it is to be white and its undeserved privileges.

Director: David Moya

Nothing a Little Soap and Water Can’t Fix / Documentary Length: (9:15)

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.

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It Came from the Big Muddy Next Time You’ll Know Better / Animation Length: (3:14)

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?

Director: Jennifer Stachovic

BAUMU / Animation Length: (9:30)

A female killer, who desires to have a child and a cold-blooded male killer…

Director: Chung, Shao-Chun

God’s Country / Narrative Length: (19:17)

Living on acres of isolated farmland, a young housewife is pushed to the brink with no way out.

Director: Alex Kuciw

Real Artists

/ Narrative

Length: (12:00)

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. Based on Nebula, Hugo and World Fantasy Award-winning author Ken Liu’s short story of the same name, Real Artists asks a poignant question: In a dystopian near-future where big data, AI and natural language processing learn and create quickly and at massive scale, what role can a single artist play? Is Sophia a creative rebel who can make a difference? Or is the situation more serious than that?

Director: Cameo Wood

The Cure / Narrative Length: (19:35)

A mom cries, photos fly, cats spy, and bodies collide in this sci-fi soap opera focusing on the secrets dreams of people who are desperately searching for ways to cure their fears of loneliness.

Director: Mike Olenick

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The Cure

Friday Feb.23th It Came from the Big Muddy The Past Inside the Present

/ Experimental

Length: (12:13)

An allegorical tale of a couple who attempt to renew their dying relationship by plugging directly into recordings of their memories.

Director: James Siewert

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Saturday Feb.24th Saturday Morning Cartoons Carbondale Community Arts Time: 10am-11am Corky / Animation Length: (5:45)

A corkscrew with a screw loose battles a giant glass bottle to uncork seven magical lightning bugs trapped inside.

Director: Ty Primosch

Sunny and Gerd in Spring Cleaning / Animation Length: (5:35)

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.

Director: DaCosta Bayley

The Puppy Trials / Animation Length: (4:02)

Written by 3rd grader Claire Hartman, "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.

Director: Thomas Nicol, Becky Nicol

The Art of Aping / Animation Length: (4:49)

Colonization, imperialization and globalization have left a deep Western imprint on us, Indians. While undermining our age old methods, we have developed the mentality of following the West without thinking. The film talks about how Indians, today, are blindly copying from the West.

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Corky

Saturday Feb.24th Saturday Morning Cartoons Stars / Animation Length: (5:06)

Grandpa and grandson street sellers sell stars in a town near the shore. One night, they run out of the stars…

Director: Han Zhang

The Three Siblings / Animation Length: (9:45)

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 multi plane camera animation. It’s a fairly traditional narrative, told with poetic diction and stunning images.

Director: Timothy David Orme

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Foreign Exchange Soundstage, Rm. 1116 Time: 11am-1pm Pale White / Narrative Length: (8:26)

A girl helps her brother build a kite, but boy ...

Director: Gholamreza Jafari

No Place Like on the Road / Narrative Length: (1:04:30)

Nándi, a wannabe music composer returns to his rural hometown in Hungary after 7 years of abortive wandering. He goes through a series of encounters forcing him to come to terms with his life.

Director: Balint Mark Turi

Alternate Reality Soundstage, Rm. 1116 Time: 1pm-3pm, * 3pm-5pm Minerals and Buttercups / Experimental Length: (15:55)

A film about viewing, vision and preservation made around unceremoniously manipulated diary entries of John Ruskin. Transmission might occur.

Director: Laura Iancu

The World is Mine / Documentary Length: (1:10:00)

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.

Director: Ann Oren

* The Lightest Darkness with Q & A / Narrative Length: (1:23:00)

When a neurotic private eye who struggles to finish the case takes a train voyage, his own dark secrets begin to reveal themselves. Director: Diana Galimzyanova

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Little Big Sky

Saturday Feb.24th Adult Happy Hour Pinch Penny Time: 3pm-5pm In a World of Bad Breath / Narrative Length: (5:30)

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. Adapted from automatic drawings during a severe fever of hypnagogia. Watch general confusion amongst an ancient presence.

Director: Christopher Graybill

The Story of Everything / Narrative Length: (16:00)

Strangers Lorraine Marcus are on a road trip. As they search for the past and future, time becomes fluid and dream-logic takes over. Will they find what they are looking for?

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Adult Happy Hour Isolamento / Experimental Length: (5:23)

Isolamento is a grand culmination of the themes: isolation, fear, beauty, gluttony, assimilation, environment and sexuality, merged into one great stream of consciousness. A symbolic farce of the human condition, which embraces the question…What is this all for anyway?

Director: Carmelo Zucco

Be Able / Animation Length: (3:14)

A bitter sweet paper-cut delirium about medias and consumer-driven society. Some psychotic cats, a dripping tv post, teenagers high on antidepressants, a postcard beach with shipwrecked bodies, immortality according to google, and references such Pink floyd, Yves Klein, John Lennon and A clockwork Orange.

Director: Ma-Ké

Little Big Sky / Animation Length: (3:30)

Interviews from three Kingsbury locals creates a stop-motion animation where 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.

Director: Cait Davis

Conditioner / Animation Length: (4:46)

An audition for a conditioner commercial becomes an otherworldly psychogenic experience.

Director: Shane Beam

Breakdown / Narrative Length: (9:49) 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.

Director: Greg Tudéla

North & Nowhere / Narrative Length: (11:31)

A girl, a gun and a last chance.

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North of Nowhere

Saturday Feb.24th Adult Happy Hour Professional Cuddler / Narrative Length: (15:33)

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.

Director: Mika Orr

* Closing Reception * Morris Library Guyon Auditorium Time: 6pm-9pm Please join us for a celebration of the Big Muddy Film Festival’s 40th Anniversary for an evening to honor, reminisce and celebrate.

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Sunday Feb.25th

“Best of the Fest” Longbranch Cafe and Bakery Time: 5pm-7pm Films TBA

John Michaels Winners Carbondale Public Library, 2pm-4pm The Valley Rebels Documentary

Length: (24:44)

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? Director: Spencer Wolff

Evidence of the Evidence Documentary

Length: (21:33)

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. This radical yet tragic event in the history of the American Civil Rights Movement is represented through a granular and visceral interrogation of a collection of video footage

shot by a rank and file state trooper on the ground at Attica. In an era of resurgent racism and authoritarianism throughout the West, Johnston’s film is a timely and urgent work of both agit-prop and media criticism. Director: Alexander Johnston

Left on Pearl Documentary

Length: (55:00)

Rough extensive TV news coverage from the time, newspaper headlines, found footage, and interviews with participants and eyewitnesses of varied sexual orientations, racial, class and ethnic backgrounds (including both supporters and opponents of the takeover), LEFT ON PEARL documents a watershed moment in the early days of the Women’s Liberation Movement, situating it within the broader political ferment of the time – the anti-war, civil rights, Black Power and gay liberation movements. e lm highlights the hilarity and excitement, as well as the challenges and fault-lines within this social movement.

Director: Susan Rivo

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Big Muddy Crew

Kelechi Agwuncha (President, Student Co-Executive Director)

Kennedy Joseph (Vice President, Student Co-Executive Director) Hassan Pitts (Faculty, Executive Director) GRADUATE ASSISTANTS

PROGRAMMING

Ellen Esling (Press) Katie Hinders (Archive)

Joey Burrow (Archive Head) Dorothy Evans (Programming Head)

NEW MEDIA

MARKETING

Alex Rodriguez (Web Head) Emma Vogelsberg (Graphic Design Head) Katie Lance (Photography Head) Julius Jefferson (Video Production Head) Jack Childers (Video Assistants) Danny Damian (Video Assistants)

Danny Conolly (Social Media Head) Aster Arseneau (Press Head) Jamila Yancy (Press Assistants) Elena Cruz (Press Assistants) Steve Sawyer (Volunteer Coodinator)

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Thank You The Big Muddy Crew very much acknowledges the time, effort and support of the following individuals without whom none of this could happen: Rhonda Rothrock Jyotsna Kapur Mike Covell Deborah Tudor, Dean College of Mass Communication & Media Arts HD Motyl, Chair Cinema & Photography Ana Alvira, Consultant. Publication Design and Print Production Management

John Michaels Committee

Sarah Lewison (John Michaels chair) Beau Henson Jessica Allee Tabitha Tripp Cathy Talbott Pat Kelly Wago Kreider Paul Matalonis Toyin Fox

The 40th Annual Big Muddy Film Festival is made possible with the help of the SIU Department of Cinema & Photography, the College of Mass Communication & Media Arts, SIUC Student Fine Arts Activity Fee, The SIU Undergraduate Student Council, Carbondale Special Events Committee, The City of Carbondale, Banterra Bank and The First Bank & Trust Company of Murphysboro. This program is partially supported by a grant from the Carbondale Community Arts Southern Arts Fund and the Illinois Arts Council Agency made possible by the National Endowment for the Arts Extra special thanks to our venue hosts and food donors!

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