On Wednesday, April 14 at 12:30 pm. Big ARTS will show “Mike Wallace Is Here”, the second film in their Critically Acclaimed Documentary Series. The film runs one hour 34 minutes and will be shown in the Christensen Performance Hall.  After the movie, I will lead a discussion in the theater.

The film takes a look back at Mike Wallace’s career which includes just about anyone who was famous or infamous. And he made some of them squirm as you will see in this absorbing new documentary. This includes Vladimir Putin, Ayatollah Khomeini, Bette Davis, Barbara Streisand, Eleanor Roosevelt and a host of others.

There are also some conversations between Wallace and some of his “60 Minutes” colleagues at the time of his approaching retirement.  We get the feeling he wasn’t happy about it. He gained success when “60 Minutes” premiered in 1968.  One chilling moment in the film is when he is interviewing a U.S. soldier involved in the massacre at My Lai in Vietnam. All of a sudden Wallace asked, “How do you shoot babies?”

The remaining films in the series are “Fiddler: A Miracle of Miracles”, April 21 and “The Disappearance of my Mother,“ April 28.

Tickets are $10 and available in advance or on the day of the film at the BIG ARTS box office, located at 900 Dunlop Road on Sanibel. For more information call 395-0900 or visit www.bigarts.org.

Di Saggau, is a member of the BIG ARTS Movie Committee, Past President of the Film Society of Southwest Florida, and Feature Writer for the Island Sun Newspaper and The River Weekly.


BIG ARTS, established in 1979, is a nonprofit organization devoted to providing quality artistic, cultural, and educational experiences to Sanibel and Captiva residents and visitors. Visit www.BIGARTS.org to learn more about BIG ARTS, and stay tuned for our 2022 season; and don’t forget to visit us on Facebook!

BIG ARTS is practicing the highest standards of safety during this challenging time. All visitors are required to wear masks throughout the facility. Please be sure to put on your mask before entering the building. We ask that you are mindful of physical distancing. With physical distancing precautions in mind, BIG ARTS is selling only 50% of the seats in Christensen Performance Hall. Until further notice, only 200 seats will be available for any event in the Hall, and a maximum of 25 people will be allowed in the gallery at any given time. BIG ARTS has enhanced its air filtration system, all surfaces are wiped down between use, a professional sanitation fogger is being used after each gathering, and there are hand sanitation “stations” throughout the ground floor.