May 05, 2011

First 'Little Muddy Media Arts Festival' is May 8

by Pete Rosenbery

CARBONDALE, Ill. -- Works by talented graduate and undergraduate students in Southern Illinois University's College of Mass Communication and Media Arts will be on display Sunday, May 8.

The inaugural Little Muddy Media Arts Festival is from 2 to 6 p.m. in the Communications Building. The showcase features 30 creative multimedia submissions from various departments within the college, said Michele Torre, an assistant professor in the Department of Cinema and Photography.

Admission is free, and the public is welcome to attend. Visitors will go to the dean’s conference room (Room 1032) to get a map for the location of the different submissions from the Cinema and Photography and Radio-Television programs, and the School of Journalism.

Media Advisory

Reporters, photographers and camera crews are welcome to cover the Little Media Arts Festival activities. For more information, contact Michele Torre at 618/453-2365 or by email at, or H.D. Motyl at 618/453-4308 or by email at, respectively.

Torre and H.D. Motyl, an assistant professor in radio-television, are coordinating the event.

Among the students’ work are submissions from Associate Professor Cade Bursell’s experimental film class that involve screenings of work while visitors sit in vehicles. The cars will be in the soundstage area, with screenings at 2 p.m., 3:30 p.m., and 5 p.m., Torre said. Turning a vehicle into a mobile movie theater changes a person’s viewing perspective, and also offers the idea that experimental films do not have to be in a theater or gallery, she said.

The submissions also include film, video, installation multimedia works, and web-based design projects, Torre said. The radio-television work includes news submissions and video projects, she said.