Here’s an opportunity to see how one Winona State alumna has been working in the industry as she starts on her career as a writer-director-producer: on Friday, March 12 the Film Studies Program is sponsoring a free virtual screening of Lauren Baker’s first feature film, Cohabitation (2020):


"Cohabitation" film movie poster.

“Cohabitation” film movie poster.


This free digital screening of Cohabitation will premiere at 7 p.m. on Friday, March 12. Barker will also appear for a live Q&A following the screening!

In Cohabitation, a former paramedic tries to live a low-key life to cope with her PTSD, but her new roommate has other plans – and a long-held vendetta against medical personnel. The film was featured at the 2020 Twin Cities Film Festival.


A still shot from "Cohabitation".

A still shot from “Cohabitation”.


Director-writer-producer Lauren Barker earned her B.A. in English: Writing with a Theatre minor in 2013 from Winona State University; she then attended Vancouver Film School’s screenwriting program, where she graduated with honors.

Go to to register for a free ticket to the event! Registration is free, but required, and the film and Q&A will be available to view for 7 days following. For a sneak peek of Cohabitation, watch the trailer below: