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The National Park Service is hosting an Indiana Dunes Film Festival that will take place on November 4–6, 2016. The event is the culmination of a year-long celebration of the national lakeshore’s 50th anniversary, which occurs on November 5th.
On Friday November 4, an “opening night” event will be held from 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm at the South Shore Visitor Center (Indiana Welcome Center) located at 7770 Corinne Drive, Hammond, IN 46323. Festivities will include a walk down the “red carpet,” light snacks, dignitary speeches, introduction of filmmakers and short clips from the festival’s featured films.
On Saturday November 5, the film festival will be held from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm at three locations, the Indiana Dunes Visitor Center located at 1215 North State Road 49, Porter, Indiana , the Paul H. Douglas Center for Environmental Education located at 100 North Lake Street, Gary, Indiana and the La Porte County Convention and Visitors Bureau located at 4073 South Franklin Street, Michigan City, Indiana. Birthday cake will be served during the day to celebrate the national lakeshore’s 50th Anniversary!
On Sunday November 6, the film festival takes place from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm at both the South Shore Visitor Center (Indiana Welcome Center) located at 7770 Corinne Drive, Hammond, Indiana and the Barker Mansion located at 631 Washington St, Michigan City, Indiana.
At each location, films will be introduced by their filmmaker and presented. Films will include submitted shorts from two categories made specifically for the festival. The first, titled “Happy Birthday Indiana Dunes,” is for films up to two minutes in length that celebrate the national lakeshore’s 50th anniversary. The second category, titled “The Calumet Region,” is for films up to 10 minutes in length that touch on the formation, existence, and future of Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore as it relates to the larger Calumet Region. In addition to the submitted shorts, several longer-length films such as Shifting Sands, Everglades of the North, Riding the Rails of History, and others will also be shown.
For more information and the complete schedule of the films to be shown at each venue, please check the park’s website at www.nps.gov/indu or the park Facebook page at www.facebook.com/