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UW Oshkosh alumnus Steve Boettcher (left) stops for a quick picture with one of the subjects in his new sturgeon-spearing documentary, 'The Frozen Chozen." The film debuted in Fond du Lac on Feb. 6.

UW Oshkosh alumnus Steve Boettcher (left) stops for a quick picture with one of the subjects in his new sturgeon-spearing documentary, ‘The Frozen Chosen.” The film debuted in Fond du Lac on Feb. 6.

UW Oshkosh will host a free, public screening of the new, fascinating and entertaining documentary about Wisconsin’s sturgeon spearfishing tradition, The Frozen Chosen, with UWO alumnus and Emmy-winning filmmaker Steve Boettcher ’82, on Wednesday, Feb. 19 in Reeve Memorial Union Theatre.

The hour-long film follows two families as they pursue their deep passion of spearing the curious, prehistoric sturgeons in the icy waters of Lake Winnebago. Boettcher says the film also champions the state’s efforts to protect the species, along with preserve the rich spearing tradition. It’s an entertaining glimpse into Wisconsin’s unique spearfishing culture.

Parking is available in the guest lot across Reeve’s main entrance off Algoma Boulevard. A reception with light refreshments will take place from 4:30 p.m. to 5:15 p.m. on Feb. 19 followed by the 5:15 p.m. screening of The Frozen Chosen. The evening concludes with a 6:15 p.m., short Q&A with Boettcher.

Members of the community who would like to attend the Feb. 19 screening can RSVP through the online registration form or by contacting the UW Oshkosh Alumni office via email at alumni@uwosh.edu or calling (920) 424-3449.