Indiana Dunes Film Festival

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Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore – National Park Service

1100 N Mineral Springs Road
Chesterton, Indiana
Date: November 04, 2016 - November 06, 2016
Time: 12:00 am - 12:00 am

Indiana Dunes Film Festival Details:

A 50th Anniversary Celebration

The 1st annual Indiana Dunes Film Festival is composed of stories of how the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore has influenced its surrounding regions. This is a free event.

Schedule for Indiana Dunes Film Festival
November 4 – 6, 2016
Nov 4 | South Shore Convention Visitors Authority (Premiere Night) 6:30 pm – 9:15 pm
Nov 5 | Douglas Center 10 am – 4 pm
Nov 5 | Indiana Dunes Visitor Center 10 am – 4:30 pm
Nov 5 | LaPorte County Convention & Visitors Bureau 10 am – 4 pm
Nov 6 | Barker Mansion 11 am – 4 pm
Nov 6 | South Shore Convention Visitors Authority 11 am – 4 pm

Detailed Schedule:
Friday, November 4 – Movie Premiere Night at the South Shore Visitors Center

6:30 p.m.—Guests arrive and mingle and network; snacks provided by Dunes National Park Association
Photo wall along the Arrowhead Carpet! Ask partners to post for photos and recognize them as they arrive. Do Facebook Live.
Original art work by Kristina Knowski available with artist signing posters. DNPA will give away posters as part of $20 donations.
7 p.m.—Welcome from NPS Superintendent Paul Labovitz, Lakeshore Public Media CEO and President James Muhammad and South Shore Visitor Center Speros Bautistatos
7:15 p.m.—Introduce and recognize the film makers who submitted their films. Give each filmmaker a tree cookie plaque.
Have the top 2 or 5 films directors come up and introduce each of their films and then show them.
Show the “top” submission films—2 – 5 films?
8:15 p.m.—Introduce the established filmmakers—Pat Wisniewski, Carey Lundin, Paul Nelson, etc. Have each of them share a 2 min clip from their films or showcase something they haven’t shared before from education curriculum for example.
9:15 p.m.—Wrap up and Conclusion– recognize partners—Friends of Indiana Dunes, Lakeshore Public Media, Dunes National Park Association, Indiana Dunes Tourism, Laporte County CVB, South Shore CVB

Saturday, November 5—Douglas Center—10 a.m.-4:00 pm

10 a.m. Welcome and introduction to the festival—Kim Swift as MC
10:15 a.m.—Lake Michigan Water Trail by Dugout Canoe
11:15 pm–panel with filmmakers
11:45 p.m. Break with Birthday Cake
12 p.m. New films with intro by filmmakers—showcase two films
1 p.m. Indiana Dunes Playground of the Midwest-Save the Dunes Circa 1955
1:30 p.m. Everglades of the North with Intro by filmmaker
2:45 p.m. Break
3:00 p.m. –Octave Chanute Film with intro by Simine Short
3:30 p.m.—For the Common Good—historical piece on Senator
Paul Douglas

Saturday, November 5—Indiana Dunes Visitor Center—10 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.

10 a.m.—Welcome and Introduction to the Festival—Birthday Cake!
10:15 a.m.—Showcase at least two new films with intros by their directors
11:15 a.m.—Jens Jenson The Living Green
12:15 p.m.—Presentation by Carey Lundin, filmmaker of the Living Green
12:45 p.m. – Break
1 p.m.—Showcase at least two new films and have their filmmakers introduce them
2 p.m.—Shifting Sands with book signing and intro to film by Ken Schoon
3:15 p.m.— Riding the Rails of History with intro by PJ Nelson

Saturday, November 5—LaPorte County Visitor Center—10 a.m.- 4 p.m.
10 a.m.—Introduction and welcome
10:15 a.m.—For the Common Good and Indiana Dunes Playground of the Midwest
11:15 a.m.—Show at least two new films with intros with their filmmakers
12 p.m.—Shifting Sands with intro by filmmaker?
1:15 p.m. Break
1:30 p.m.—Show at least two new films with intros with their filmmakers
2:15 p.m. Lake Michigan Water Trail by Dugout Canoe with intro by filmmaker
3:30 p.m.—Octave Chanute film with intro by Simine Short

Sunday, November 6—South Shore Visitor Center—11 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.

11 a.m.—Introduction and welcome
11:15 a.m.—Show at least two new films with intros with their filmmakers
12 p.m.–Everglades of the North with intro by filmmaker
1:15 p.m. Break
1:30 p.m.—Show at least two new films with intros with their filmmakers
2:15 p.m. Lake Michigan Water Trail by Dugout Canoe with intro by filmmaker
3 p.m.– Riding the Rails of History with intro by PJ Nelson
3:30 p.m.—Octave Chanute film with intro by Simine Short

Sunday, November 6–Barker Mansion—11 a.m.- 4 p.m.

11 a.m.—Welcome and Introduction
11:15 a.m. Jens Jenson The Living Green with intro by Carey Lundin
12:30 p.m.—Show at least two new films with intros with their filmmakers
1:3o p.m.—For the Common Good
2:00 p.m.—Shifting Sands with intro by the filmmaker
3:30 p.m.—Show at least two new films with intros with their filmmakers

(Subject to change)

Indiana Dunes Film Festival Contest:
Calling local filmmakers!
We want to hear your stories. Please submit your films to be shown during the festival. There are two categories. You can submit as many films as you like to one or both categories.
1. Happy Birthday Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore- A film up to 2 minutes that celebrates the 50 years the park has been in existence and in some way says or implies Happy Birthday!
2. The Calumet Region- A film up to 10 minutes that touches on the formation, existence and future of Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore as it relates to the larger Calumet region.
How do I participate?
To Enter:
Upload your film to YouTube or Vimeo then tell us where to look for it. Send an e-mail to with the title, category, and a short description of the film by midnight October 30, 2016. That’s it. You are entered. The judges will pick up your submission from the directions you leave.
What is the Benefit?
Films will be selected based on technical merit as well as its ability to tell a compelling story about this place we call Indiana Dunes and how the Dunes fits into the larger stories of the region. Selection criteria are listed on the Festival web page. The selected films will be showcased during the festival November 4, 5 &6 at several locations throughout the region. In addition, some of the films will be shown during the Eyes on the Arts program on Lakeshore Public Media later this year.
The small print:
All film entries selected for the Festival grant IDFF the right to use footage, stills and/or titles and information from the film for promotional purposes.
Each entrant warrants and represents that he/she is the creator of the submitted entry;the entry is original and owned by entrant;the entry is free of any claims by other parties
All films submitted must be free from any legal disputes and the filmmaker must have cleared all rights for music, clips, and exhibition.
The filmmaker acknowledges his/her film is to be critiqued in a public forum during the festival.
This contest is open to all.
Film Festival Standards –This is what will be judged!
1. Accuracy 0-10 points
a. is the material accurate
b. What is the source
2. Does the story 0-10 points
a. Provoke some feeling or thought
b. Encourage the audience to participate or engage.
3. Technical Aspect 0-10 points
a. Visual creativity
b. Cinematography
c. Sound
d. Editing
e. Special effects
4. Does the story hit INDU Interpretive themes 1 point for each idea hit
a. Interpretive Themes Interpretive themes are often described as the key stories or concepts that visitors should understand after visiting a park—they define the most important ideas or concepts communicated to visitors about a park unit.
b. The following interpretive themes have been identified for Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore:
1. Remarkable Species Diversity –Factors that include geological processes, climate, weather, and the geographical position of Lake Michigan came together at Indiana Dunes to create remarkable species diversity within a variety of ecosystems, providing outstanding opportunities to appreciate the rich ecological relationships that nurture and sustain our civilization.
2. Legacy of Scientific Inquiry –Beginning a legacy of scientific inquiry and education that continues today, Henry Cowles, a botanist from the University of Chicago, published an article titled Ecological Relations of the Vegetation on Sand Dunes of Lake Michigan in the Botanical Gazette in 1899 that brought international attention to and inspired the efforts to preserve the intricate ecosystems on the dunes. Such research at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore is increasingly vital, helping us address current ecological threats to our world, which include human impacts both locally and globally.
3. Human Use of the Lakeshore Over Time –The cultural resources of Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore demonstrate a wide range of use and occupation over more than 10,000 years, revealing the dynamic relationship between humans and the environment and our changing perceptions of the value of natural environments, and guiding us to decisions vital to our survival.
4. Natural Setting for Millions of People –Situated close to one of America’s largest metropolitan areas, Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore provides a natural setting for millions of people to experience scenic beauty, the wonders of nature, artistic inspiration, and recreational opportunities, reminding us of the costs and benefits of urbanization and industry, and of our need as humans to seek renewal of body, mind, and soul. ·
5. Reflects National Struggle to Balance Urbanization, Industry, and Conservation –Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, the scene of intensive public interest and passion regarding its preservation for more than 100 years, demonstrates the national struggle between the needs of urbanization, industry, and conservation;reflects the historical national and state park preservation movements;and serves as both model and “cautionary tale” in the fields of resource acquisition, preservation, and restoration.
Questions?, click on Film Festival or contact e-mail us (219)395-1622

About Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore – National Park Service

Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore hugs 15 miles of the southern shore of Lake Michigan and has much to offer. Whether you enjoy scouting for rare species of birds or flying kites on the sandy beach, the national lakeshore’s 15,000 acres will continually enchant you.  Hikers will enjoy 45 miles of trails over rugged dunes, mysterious wetlands, sunny prairies, meandering rivers, and peaceful forests.

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