CHICAGO, IL – Locally produced documentary, “Shifting Sands: On the Path to Sustainability,” will be screened at the University of Chicago on Tuesday, October 25 at 7:00 p.m. at the Max Palevsky Cinema on 1212 E. 59th Street. The University of Chicago’s Program on the Global Environment and Doc Films, the university’s student film society, will host the screening, which is free and open to the public.

The Chicago/Midwest Regional Emmy® nominated documentary chronicles how the Indiana Dunes region, where rare plants grow in the shadows of smokestacks, sparked a movement for a nation to create its first national park in an urban setting; a movement which eventually led to game-changing environmental policies with worldwide impact. Today, the advocacy from that movement has transformed into a new model of cooperation, where industrialists and environmentalists—once bitter adversaries—work together to steer this community toward a more sustainable future.

Currently, a congressional bill is proposed to re-title the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore to Indiana Dunes National Park – bringing Chicago a national park to Chicago’s backyard.

After the screening, Dr. Alison Anastasio, the executive director of the university’s Medical Scientist Training Program and lecturer in the Environmental Studies Program, will lead a discussion with members of the production team. For more information about the screening, please visit


About Shifting Sands: On the Path to Sustainability
Shifting Sands: On the Path to Sustainability” explores how the Indiana Dunes region, through its influential environmental battles, offers a blueprint towards a more sustainable future. The film’s 2016 release marks 100 years since the creation of the National Park Service and 50 years after the congressional authorization of the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. Presented by Lakeshore Public Television (WYIN) and distributed by American Public Television (APT), “Shifting Sands: On the Path to Sustainability” has aired across 240 public television stations since August 2016. Proceeds from the film benefit WYIN and the Dunes Learning Center. For more information about the film, visit