Hailey Torborg '21

An Energetic Leader

Hailey Torborg is the Spring 2021 WSU Film Studies Outstanding Student. Hailey graduates with majors in Film Studies and Advertising and a minor in Creative Digital Media. Hailey has been President of Film Club for the last three years, interned at Frozen River Film Festival, volunteered at Mountainfilm and helped lead two of our University Theme Film Series as well as co-direct the documentary 2020: One Week on Campus and host a number of special event screenings. And always with good humor and a great work ethic. Whatever she undertakes, she will do so with aplomb and success! 


Brynn Artley '20

An Accomplished Filmmaker

Brynn Artley is an accomplished filmmaker, curator and scholar who has contributed greatly to the Film Studies program, the Frozen River Film Festival, StartUp Winona State and the University Marketing & Communications office during her three-and-one-half years here.

As an accomplished filmmaker, Brynn has had her work selected for the Frozen River Film Festival and the Eagan Harvest Festival of Art, and her most recent film, “The Connection Project,” is a collaboration between StartUp Winona State and Ambient House Productions featuring over 30 local students, faculty and community members.

Aside from her filmmaking—Brynn has been a videographer for the university for the past two years—Brynn has helped curate the Resilience Film Series in 2018 and interned at Frozen River Film Festival, creating trailers and other content for both events.

She has maintained a 4.0 grade point average in her studies, published numerous articles and reviews in POVwinona and attended the Telluride Mountainfilm Travel Study twice, meeting and interviewing a number of accomplished documentary filmmakers there.

Brynn has been a critically insightful and deeply engaged student with an obvious passion for film during her time in our program. Always among the top students in any class, Brynn is a skillful writer, researcher and presenter.

She is also incredibly generous, often helping other students improve their own work and agreeing to share her own as a model for other students. She is incredibly creative and thoroughly professional, uniting these talents in her work as a videographer for WSU and as a filmmaker in her own right.

She has recently been featured as both an interviewee and an interviewer on Frozen River Film Festival’s fall programming with her film “Maternity for a Weekend” and looks forward to a bright future in the industry.

Brynn graduated Summa Cum Laude and was named the WSU Film Studies Program’s Outstanding Student in Fall 2020.


Madeline Peterson '20

Cinema, Creativity and Community

A double major in Film Studies and English: Writing, Madeline Peterson graduated Cum Laude from Winona State in Spring 2020.

She has interned with Minnesota Film & TV and Olmsted Medical Center; volunteered at Mountainfilm, Frozen River, and Catalyst Content festivals; managed Film Studies social media accounts; coordinated events with Gray Duck Theater; and helped curate WSU's Theme Film Series on Resilience in 2018 and Careers, Conflicts and Callings in 2019--while working on her own creative screenplays and projects.

Madeline was named the WSU Film Studies Program’s Outstanding Student in Spring 2020.


Jenna Grochow '19

An Interdisciplinary Artist

Jenna Grochow is a talented interdisciplinary artist and critic who’s been onstage as a dancer, choreographer, production assistant, promotion videographer and director of Dancescape and spring show productions; on the airwaves as a KQAL DJ and Promotions Director; online with published criticism and video essays on the POVwinona Film Studies blogsite; and in front of community audiences introducing campus screenings like The Shape of Water and Inside Man for the Resilience and Spike Lee Film Series.

A double major in Film Studies and Creative Digital Media from Waconia, Minnesota, Jenna is also a world-class martial artist who travels regularly—and to win—international competitions.

Following her graduation, Jenna joined End Time Harvest Entertainment, a video production company in the Twin Cities, as their Human Resources and Social Media Marketing Director.

Jenna was named the WSU Film Studies Program’s Outstanding Student in Spring 2019.


Seth Lamey '18

Leading the Way

Those of you who have attended one of the campus screenings sponsored by Film Studies this year or last have likely heard Seth Lamey introduce films like Moonlight, Resilience or The Social Network.

Others who’ve visited the POVwinona blogsite, which Seth founded and has edited for the past year, have read his thoughtful criticism, heard his podcasts or watched his cogent visual essays on director Stanley Kubrick and a host of other topics.

Seth has not only provided leadership in the program’s Resilience and other film series and founded the POVwinona site, but also moderated the program’s social media pages, directed and created several short films and worked behind the scenes at both the Mountainfilm Film Festival in Telluride, CO and Winona’s Frozen River Film Festival.

A four-year veteran of the Air Force as a Fuels Specialist, Seth served in Texas, North Dakota, Germany and Afghanistan before returning to Winona to complete his degree in Film Studies. Seth is currently an assistant manager at Marcus Cinema in Oakdale, Minnesota.

As he goes on to bigger and greater things, his work ethic, engagement and leadership will be much missed here at Winona State.

Seth was named the WSU Film Studies Program’s Outstanding Student in Fall 2018.


Jake Nielsen '18

A Creative Cinephile

Music aficionados across the region may know Jake Nielsen from his bass playing for bands like Afflatus and Karate Chop, Silence, but in the classroom Jake is one the most knowledgeable, capable, affable and consistent students in the College of Liberal Arts.

A double major in Creative Digital Media and Film Studies, Jake has earned a 4.0 GPA in his Film courses, where he has directed short films, helped to curate the University Theme Film Series on both Our Digital Humanity and Creativity and Innovation, and published in WSU’s POVwinona and Campus Life blogsites. Following his graduation, Jake interned with Frozen River Film Festival before returning to his native Twin Cities.

Jake was named the WSU Film Studies Program’s Outstanding Student in Spring 2018.


Nathaniel Nelson '17

Pursuing Passion

Nathaniel Nelson is the first WSU student to graduate in Film Studies and the program’s first to be named Outstanding Student.

A passionate, knowledgeable cinephile with a long list of accomplishments, Nathaniel has interned and written for the Frozen River Film Festival, reported and reviewed for The Winonan, blogged for WSU’s Communications office and begun his own business venture as creative director and vice president of Treedome, a local artists’ collaborative that won one of the first WSU WarriorsINNOVATE Challenge grants in 2016.

In the classroom, Nathaniel has completed courses in nearly every film genre as well as independent projects on topics as diverse as the Mountainfilm Film Festival and the avant-garde surrealist director Alejandro Jodorowsky. He has also contributed to the last two years’ University Theme Film Series on Our Digital Humanity and Creativity and Innovation.

With all of these, Nathaniel has taken on every task with exuberance and energy.

Since his graduation, Nathaniel has continued his award-winning journalism for the Winona Post and continued his work with Treedome, organizing Winona’s Shut Down Third Street event and directing numerous music videos for bands and artists across the region.

Nathaniel was named the WSU Film Studies Program’s Outstanding Student in Fall 2017.

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