Robert Mugge

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Robert Mugge (born May 8, 1950, Chicago, Illinois, United States) is an American documentary film maker. He has focused primarily on films about music[1] and musicians, but some of his earliest films were not music focused and he is now continuing to branch out as his interests and work evolve.


Mugge was born in Chicago and after his first nine years in Raleigh, NC, grew up primarily in the Washington, D.C. area. He received a B.A. degree in Film and Associated Art Media from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) and studied in Temple University's graduate film program. He has been working primarily as an independent filmmaker, obtaining financing for his projects from various funders throughout the years, for four decades now. For a brief time, from 2003-2005, he was Filmmaker in Residence for Mississippi Public Broadcasting and he now holds the Edmund and Virginia Ball Endowed Chair in the Telecommunications Department of Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana where he teaches upper-level courses in filmmaking and film studies.

He is now married to his filmmaking partner/producer, Diana Zelman, as of November, 2012 and he has two sons from his first marriage, which ended in 2003. He has recently "inherited" three step-children and nine grandchildren.


Year Film Title Subject
1973 Frostburg
1976 Voice of the Whale George Crumb
1978 Amateur Night at City Hall
1980 A Joyful Noise Sun Ra
1982 Black Wax Gil Scott-Heron
1983 Cool Runnings: The Reggae Movie
1984 Gospel According to Al Green Al Green
1985 The Return of Rubén Blades Rubén Blades
1986 Saxophone Colossus Sonny Rollins
1987 Hawaiian Rainbow
1988 Entertaining the Troops
1989 Kumu Hula: Keepers of a Culture
1991 Deep Blues: A Musical Pilgrimage to the Crossroads Delta blues
1992 Pride and Joy: The Story of Alligator Records Alligator Records
1994 Gather at the River: A Bluegrass Celebration
1994 The Kingdom of Zydeco Zydeco
1994 True Believers: The Musical Family of Rounder Records Rounder Records
1996 Iguanas in the House
1999 Hellhounds on My Trail: The Afterlife of Robert Johnson Robert Johnson
2000 Rhythm 'n' Bayous: A Road Map to Louisiana Music Music of Louisiana
2003 Last of the Mississippi Jukes
2003 Blues Breaks
2004 Blues Divas
2005 Lookin' for Trouble: The 25th Anniversary W. C. Handy Blues Awards Blues Music Award
2006 New Orleans Music in Exile Music of New Orleans
2006 A Night at Club Ebony
2007 Deep Sea Blues


  1. ^ Ellis, Jack C.; McLane, Betsy A. (2005). A New History of Documentary Film. A&C Black. p. 289. ISBN 9780826417510. Retrieved 13 October 2014. 

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