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Dunes Lakeshore 50th birthday party ends with film festival November 4-6

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The National Park Service is hosting an Indiana Dunes Film Festival, Friday through Sunday, Nov. 4-6, in culmination of the year-long celebration of the National Lakeshore’s 50th anniversary.

The park’s exact birthday: Nov. 5.

The three-day event’s opening night, from 6:30 to 9:30p p.m. Friday, at the South Shore Visitor Center, 7770 Corinne Drive in Hammond, will feature short clips from the festival’s films, a “red-carpet” walk, light snacks, dignitaries’ speeches, and an introduction of the filmmakers.

The second day’s events, on Saturday, will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at three locations: the Dorothy Buell Memorial Visitor Center, 1215 N. Ind. 49 in Porter; the Paul H. Douglas Center for Environmental Education, 100 N. Lake St. in Gary; and the LaPorte County Convention and Visitors Bureau, 4073 S. Franklin St. in Michigan City. Birthday cake will be served during the day to celebrate the National Lakeshore’s 50th anniversary.

The final day’s events, on Sunday, will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the South Shore Visitor Center in Hammond, Indiana and the Barker Mansion, 631 Washington St. in Michigan City.

At each location, films will be introduced by their filmmaker and presented.

The films are submitted shorts in two categories made specifically for the festival:

* The first--entitled “Happy Birthday Indiana Dunes--includes films up to two minutes in length celebrating the National Lakeshore’s 50th anniversary.

* The second category--entitled “The Calumet Region”--includes films up to 10 minutes in length exploring the formation, history, and future of Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore as it relates to the larger Calumet Region.

In addition to the shorts, several longer-length films--such as Shifting Sands, Everglades of the North, Riding the Rails of History, and others--will also be aired.

For more information and the complete schedule of the films to be shown at each venue, visit or the park Facebook page at

Or else call (219) 395-1882.


Posted 11/1/2016




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