AWARDS AND HONORS
2012 BIG SHOES given a first-round Grammy Nomination.
2012 A paper about student crews on faculty films given a First Place Award at the annual Broadcast Education Association Convention.
2009 Named the Edmund F. & Virginia B. Ball Endowed Chair Professor of Telecommunications at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana.
2008 Lifetime Achievement
Award from Cinema on the Bayou Film Festival for "Documentation of Southern Roots Music Culture in Film."
2008 SUN RA: A JOYFUL NOISE named one of the 50 Greatest Music Films
Ever by Time Out London.
BLUES named one of the Top 25 Music DVDs of All Time by Rolling Stone.
2007 Nominated for a United States Artists Fellowship.
2007 DEEP BLUES named an Essential Southern Documentary by the Oxford
2007 NEW ORLEANS MUSIC IN EXILE given Big Easy Music Award by Gambit
2005 Luminaria Award for Lifetime Achievement from Santa Fe Film Festival.
blues film trilogy chosen as opening attraction for AFI Silver Theatre
in Silver Spring, MD.
1999 Juror at Florida Film Festival in Orlando, FL.
1996 Invited Panelist at Independent Feature Film Market's "Spotlight
On Documentaries" (NYC).
1995 Invited Panelist at 2nd International Documentary Congress (Los
1994 "Robert Mugge - A Special Salute to the Music Man" Award from Denver
Int'l Film Festival.
1994 Finalist Certificate, Longform Music Video Awards for PRIDE AND
JOY from MIDEM International Visual Music Festival.
1994 Certificate of Merit Award for GATHER AT THE RIVER from Worldfest
1993 Grammy Awards Nomination for soundtrack album from 1992 film PRIDE
1992 "Keeping the Blues Alive in Film" Award from Blues Foundation in
1992 DEEP BLUES given week-long premiere at Lincoln Center in New York
1992 DEEP BLUES given festival premiere at Sundance Film Festival in
Park City, Utah.
1990 Red Ribbon Award for ENTERTAINING THE TROOPS from American Film/Video
1990 Soundtrack album ("G-Man") made to accompany 1986 film SAXOPHONE
COLOSSUS selected in Village Voice critics' poll as one of "Ten Best
Jazz Albums of the 1980s."
1989 Gold Special Jury Award for ENTERTAINING THE TROOPS from Houston
1989 Silver Plaque Award for KUMU HULA from Chicago International Film
1986 Special Award "In Recognition of Outstanding Achievement in the
Art of Film" from Denver fest.
1985 Gold Lone Star Award for GOSPEL ACCORDING TO AL GREEN from Virgin
1985 Award for "Excellence in Directing" from Denver International Film
1984 Gold Medal Award for COOL RUNNINGS from Virgin Islands International
1984 Gold Award for COOL RUNNINGS from Houston International Film Festival.
1981 Bronze Award for SUN RA: A JOYFUL NOISE from Houston International
1979 Blue Ribbon Award for AMATEUR NIGHT AT CITY HALL from American
1978 Silver Hugo Award for AMATEUR NIGHT AT CITY HALL from Chicago Int.
2015 Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise (New Orleans/Key West)
2015 Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise (Caribbean)
2014 Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise (Caribbean)
2013 Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise (Caribbean)
2012 Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise (Caribbean)
2011 Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise (Pacific)
2011 Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise (Caribbean)
2010 Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise (Pacific)
2010 Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise (Caribbean)
2009 Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise (Pacific)
2009 Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise (Caribbean)
2008 Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise (Pacific)
2008 Springing the Blues (Jacksonville,
2008 Cinema on the Bayou Film Festival (Lafayette, Louisiana)
2008 Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise (Caribbean)
2007 Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise (Pacific)
2007 Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise (Caribbean)
2006 Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise (Caribbean)
2005 Santa Fe Film Festival (Santa Fe, New Mexico)
2003 Festival del Film Etnomusicale (Florence, Italy)
2002 KRCL Music Film Series at Brewvies (Salt Lake City, Utah)
2001 W.C. Handy Blues Awards (Memphis, Tennessee)
2001 Crossroads Film Festival (Jackson, Mississippi)
2000 Leeds International Film Festival (Leeds, England)
2000 The Screening Room (New York, New York)
1999 Bluestock (Memphis, Tennessee)
1999 Prince Music Theater (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)
1998 Bluestock (Memphis, Tennessee)
1996 Zeitgeist Theatre Experiment (New Orleans, Louisiana)
1995 American Film Institute Theater at the Kennedy Center (Washington,
1995 Northwest Film Center (Portland, Oregon)
1995 Coolidge Corner Moviehouse (Brookline, Massachusetts)
1994 Museum of Fine Arts (Boston, Massachusetts)
1994 Webster University (St. Louis, Missouri)
1994 Laemmle's Sunset 5 (Los Angeles, California)
1993 Memphis Brooks Museum of Art (Memphis, Tennessee)
1993 Harbourfront Centre (Toronto, Canada)
1992 Cinemateque Quebecoise/Montreal Jazz Festival (Montreal, Canada)
1990 Banlieues Bleues (Paris France)
1990 Cincinnati Film Society (Cincinnati, Ohio)
1989 Festival de Popoli (Florence, Italy)
1988 PBS (6 90-minute films broadcast as national TV series called "Summer
1988 Rencontre Cinematographique de Digne (Digne, France)
1987 Jazz on Film Festival at the Stadtkino (Vienna, Austria)
1987 Honolulu Academy of Arts (Honolulu, Hawaii)
1987 Northwest Film Center (Portland, Oregon)
1986 Sydney Film Festival (Sydney, Australia)
1986 Melbourne Film Festival (Melbourne, Australia)
1986 Seattle Film Festival (Seattle, Washington)
1986 Vancouver International Film Festival (Vancouver, Canada)
1986 Film in the Cities at the Burlington Center (St. Paul, Minnesota)
1986 Detroit Film Festival (Detroit, Michigan)
1985 Coolidge Corner Moviehouse (Brookline, Massachusetts)
1984 Munich International Film Festival (Munich, Germany)
1984 Rotterdam International Film Festival (Rotterdam, Holland)
Robert Mugge with independent record executive Floyd Soileau (center) and Rock & Roll
Hall of Fame & Museum president Terry Stewart (right) in Ville Platte, LA (1999).