Film Series

Each year, the WSU’s Film Studies Program curates at film series that ties into the University Theme. All film screenings are free and open to the public.


Upcoming Film Screenings

University Theme Film Series: Careers, Conflicts and Callings

 

Winona State’s Film Studies Program announces its 2019 University Theme Film Series: “Careers, Conflicts, and Callings,” Oct. 1-Nov. 7.

In support of the “Career Readiness” theme, these ten films explore the complexities of finding, following, undertaking, and even sometimes leaving one’s career path.

 Headlining the series is the Minnesota premiere of 17 Blocks, director Davy Rothbart’s verité-inspired documentary charting four generations of the Sanford-Durant family in Washington, D.C., just blocks away from the nation’s capital. Director Rothbart, a journalist and filmmaker, will appear along with his film Tuesday, Oct. 22.

This year’s lineup of films features award-winning documentaries, cult and contemporary indie comedies, a number of critical favorites and Oscar-nominated biopics—and even a surprise throwback for Halloween evening.


Resistance and Resilience in the Films of Spike Lee

Spring 2019 Film Series

In celebration of Black History Month, the WSU Film Studies Program is collaborating with the Office of Inclusion and Diversity on this five-film series featuring writer-director-actor Spike Lee.

The series is presented by students in Dr. Johnson’s Film 440 - Directors: Spike Lee class.

  • Resilience and Resistance: The Films of Spike Lee - BlacKkKlansman (2018)
  • Resilience and Resistance: The Films of Spike Lee - Four Little Girls (1997)
  • Resilience and Resistance: The Films of Spike Lee - Crooklyn (1994)
  • Resilience and Resistance: The Films of Spike Lee - Do the Right Thing (1989)
  • Resilience and Resistance: The Films of Spike Lee - Inside Man (2006)

The Film Studies Program presented this film series supporting the university theme of Resilience in Fall 2018, with nine feature films including Oscar-winning Best Pictures, comedies, indie dramas and hit documentaries. The series was curated by students in Dr. Johnson’s Film 490 - Curating Films and Series class.

Resilience Film Series

In Spring 2018 and in honor of the bicentenary anniversary of the publication of Mary Shelley’s "Frankenstein," the Film Studies Program presented a short film series including four creative adaptations of the novel: "Frankenstein" (1931), "Bride of Frankenstein" (1935), "Young Frankenstein" (1974) and "Frankenweenie" (2008). The series was curated by students in Dr. Johnson’s Film 450 - Adaptations class.

Spring 2018 Film Series

The Film Studies Program presented this film series supporting the university theme of Creativity and Innovation in Fall 2017, featuring an array of comedy, drama, horror, documentary and short films displaying creative and innovative themes and techniques. The series was curated by students in Dr. Johnson’s Film 490 - Curating Films and Series class.

Fall 2017 Film Series

As a pilot project, Film Studies student interns presented this film series supporting the university theme of Our Digital Humanity in Fall 2016, featuring comedy, drama, horror and documentary films.

Fall 2016 Film Series