May 11, 2021

18th annual UW-Superior Student Film and Video Showcase takes drive-in format

The exterior of Wessman Arena will host the 18th annual UW-Superior Student Film and Video Showcase on Sunday, May 16, beginning at 9 p.m. This event is free and open to the community.

The exterior of Wessman Arena will host the 18th annual UW-Superior Student Film and Video Showcase on Sunday, May 16, beginning at 9 p.m. This event is free and open to the community.

This event is free and open to the community

The 18th Annual UW-Superior Student Film and Video Showcase

University of Wisconsin-Superior will host the 18th annual UW-Superior Student Film and Video Showcase on Sunday, May 16, beginning at 9 p.m. at Siinto S. Wessman Arena Parking Lot #1. This event, which will feature a drive-in movie format, is free and open to the public.

“Since 2003, the UW-Superior Student Film and Video Showcase has premiered the best video productions created by Communicating Arts students each year, including the public presentation of senior capstone projects,” said Brent Notbohm, professor of film and video and chair of the Communicating Arts Department at UW-Superior. “It has become an important annual event for our students, their families and friends, alumni, and the faculty and staff in the Communicating Arts Department. The showcase was unfortunately cancelled last year because of the COVID-19 pandemic in our normal venue of the Manion Theatre after having been held for 17 consecutive years.”

The drive-in concept was successfully piloted by UW-Superior’s Campus Recreation with a screening of “Shrek 2” in October. The setting, which allows for social distancing, will allow students to display their work in a completely new way.

“I’m excited to have my video screened in the drive-in because I get to watch my video from an audience member perspective instead of the critical eye of the creator,” said Rachel Prost, a UW-Superior interactive media major who helped organize the event.

The showcase will include a variety of styles from documentaries to short fictional narratives and cover a range of topics. For students, the event represents the end of the spring semester and the culmination of months of work.

“The drive-in event is a creative solution to honor the student’s hard work in a safe environment during the pandemic,” said Prost, from Minneapolis. “It’s especially rewarding for the graduates of 2020 to have the opportunity to screen their films since the communicating arts department had to cancel the showcase last year.”

The Siinto S. Wessman Arena parking lot, which can be accessed from Catlin Ave., will open at 8:30 p.m. Guests are asked to please stay for the entire duration of the event. There will be no intermission. In the event of inclement weather, the event will be rescheduled to Monday, May 17, at 9 p.m. The decision to reschedule will be made Friday, May 14.

The exterior of Wessman Arena will host the 18th annual UW-Superior Student Film and Video Showcase on Sunday, May 16, beginning at 9 p.m. This event is free and open to the community.

The exterior of Wessman Arena will host the 18th annual UW-Superior Student Film and Video Showcase on Sunday, May 16, beginning at 9 p.m. This event is free and open to the community.

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