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.
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:
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.
information and the complete schedule of the films to be shown at each
venue, visit www.nps.gov/indu or the
park Facebook page at