By Jim Biros
University of Wisconsin-Superior will host the 16th annual UW-Superior Student Film and Video Showcase on Friday, May 18, from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Manion Theatre. This event is free and open to the public.
“We created it when I first came here to give students an opportunity to experience what a public showing of their work felt like,” said Brent Notbohm, Professor of Film and Video and Chair of the Communicating Arts Department at UW-Superior. “A film or video isn’t really complete until it’s witnessed in front of an audience. I tell my students, that’s the final lesson that I can’t teach you.”
The showcase will include a variety of styles from documentaries to fiction films and cover a range of topics.
“On the fiction side of things, I anticipate we will have several personal dramas, as well some fun genre films,” said Notbohm. “For example, we’ll have a horror film – and kind of a smart one at that. We’ll likely have a feminist superhero movie that should be fun. We’ll have an animated film. Our documentaries cover a range of subjects. Some are portraits of artists and one is about the use of opioids and the various impact they have on people and investigation of the use of medication. A real wide-range of videos that reflects the diversity of our students. There’s going to be a film or two for everybody.”
For students, the event represents the end of the spring semester and the culmination of months of work.
“It’s been a really successful program,” said Notbohm. “It’s something that students really look forward to – especially our juniors and seniors. It’s something they’ve worked very hard toward. Not every video that gets made in our department ends up in the showcase. It’s really the best work done. It’s a reward. Students know they have to do their very best if they want that experience.”
Throughout the years the showcase has been held, Notbohm has seen his student’s commitment to their projects and dedication increase.
“We’ve had more ambitious students in the last few years,” he said. “Last year’s showcase was one of our best ever – if not our best ever. I think this year’s promises to be much of the same – one of our best ever. Every year our students seem to get better and better at telling a story using film and video.”
The Manion Theatre is located in the Holden Fine and Applied Arts Center, which is near the Catlin Avenue entrance on the UW-Superior campus, 1805 Catlin Ave.