WSU film series presents career-themed films; open to the public


Winona State’s 2019 University Theme Film Series: “Careers, Conflicts, and Callings” will continue with more great films and special guests, open to the public.

In support of the year’s “Career Readiness” theme, this series explores the complexities of finding, following, undertaking, and even sometimes leaving one’s career path. All screenings are free and open to the public. Special guest Sean Aiken — the subject of “One Week Job” — will appear with his film on November 7.

• Thursday, October 31, 7 p.m. “The Blair Witch Project” (1999, dir. Daniel Myrick and Eduardo Sanchez), SLC 120

Join in for a career-themed Halloween celebration with the cult classic from what many say was one of the cinema’s most inventive and radical years, 1999. The film depicts challenges enterprising filmmakers face as they pursue their careers and aspirations in the face of mounting danger — and the result kickstarted a new subgenre of found-footage horror films. It is rated “R” for language and is co-sponsored by Campus Cinema.

• Thursday, November 7, 7 p.m. “One Week Job” (2010, dir. Ian Mackenzie), SLC 120
Like many young college graduates, Sean Aiken wondered what to do with his life. So he took on 52 different jobs, each for one week at a time, to try to determine his best path in life, and the results were inspiring for himself and for audiences across the country in this charming documentary of his experience. Sean Aiken will appear as a special guest to introduce and discuss his film and experience. The film is sponsored by The Office of the Provost, Career Services, and the Department of Communication Studies.

The series is curated by film studies majors and minors under the supervision of Prof. J Paul Johnson. The series is funded by the Office of Community Engagement and the Department of English, with additional support for specific films from the Frozen River Film Festival, the Office of Inclusion and Diversity, the Integrated Wellness Center, the Colleges of Business and Liberal Arts, the Office of the Provost, Campus Cinema, the Retiree Center, Career Services, the Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies Program, the Departments of Social Work and Communications Studies, and the Winona Chapter of the League of Women Voters, with special thanks to Natalie Anderson from the Department of Art & Design for poster design.

Public performance licenses are provided through the cooperation of Swank Motion Pictures, CriterionPicUSA, Maxwell FilmWorks, OneWeekJob Productions, Beachside Productions, and Creative Breed Productions.

Additional details and a complete schedule can be found on the WSU film studies Facebook page and blogsite, POVwinona, at

Winona State is committed to making events accessible to all attendees. For questions or concerns about accessibility, contact or Access Services at 507-457-5878.


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