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:



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McKenna Scherer

McKenna Scherer, POVwinona's student intern editor, is a mass communication: journalism major with a double minor in public relations and film studies. She is also the Editor-in-Chief for The Winonan, WSU's student newspaper, and continues to write weekly news articles for it. Scherer is also active in several clubs including the Society for Collegiate Journalists and WSU Students for Reproductive Justice.