The Student Documentaries Collection showcases the work of Winona State University (WSU) Film Studies students. These projects allow students to showcase their growing creative and technical skills, learn about the history of the medium, and become acquainted with the documentary genre and form, all while participating in community engagement through partnerships with local organizations and non-profits. The Film Studies Program is part of the WSU English Department.
Sarah Pauley, Ryleigh Alery, Daniel Vue, and Noah Kyball
Prairie Island was established by John Latsch as a way to open up the backwaters and land to the greater community. The current owners and stewards of Prairie Island, Anne Conway and Jamie Schnell, walk us through the history of the park, their many amenities, community-centered events, and fun activities happening at the park. Conway and Schnell’s care for Prairie Island encourages viewers to take advantage of all the opportunities the park has to offer.
Cassie Bauer, Trianna Douglas, Meg Johnson, Matthew Robinson, and Marshal Rohe
Partnering with Project Get Outdoors, Inc., this short documentary film highlights one of Winona’s many beautiful parks. The film showcases the many features that the park has to offer, including the lake lodge, the visitor center, the bandshell, Veterans Memorial Park, Every Childs Dream playground, and sporting fields. The film encourages viewers to get outside and enjoy the beautiful scenery Winona has to offer by making a trip to Lake Park.
Jess Hegele, Evan Frestedt, Erin Lindstrom, and John McCauley
Join us on a walk through Woodlawn Cemetery as we talk to Al Paffrath and learn about the rich history that lies beneath the land. We get to know some of the people that are buried at the cemetery and some of the interesting artifacts that can be found scattered across the grounds. You will learn about everything from how the cemetery came to be, mysterious face statues uncovered in a tunnel, and the only revolutionary war soldier buried in Minnesota. By the end, viewers will be ready to take their next walk or hike at Woodlawn.