Gary, IN – “Shifting Sands: On the Path to Sustainability,” a locally produced documentary about the historical environmental battles along the South Shore of Lake Michigan, has been nominated for a 2016 Chicago/Midwest Regional Emmy® Award by the Chicago/Midwest Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.  The nomination recognizes outstanding achievement for the film as a historical documentary program. Winners will be announced December 3, 2016.

The film’s producers include Lee Botts, executive producer; Pat Wisniewski, producer and director; Tom Desch, producer, editor and writer; and Rana Segal, producer and director of photography.

“We are extremely honored to receive the Chicago/Midwest Regional Emmy® nomination for ‘Shifting Sands,’” said the film’s Executive Producer Lee Botts. “This nomination demonstrates the film’s capacity to not only bring people together to conserve the Indiana Dunes, but to capture the importance of continuing the conversation of sustainability amongst diverse stakeholders. It’s a story relevant to many pockets of the country.”

The 60-minute film 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.

To date, “Shifting Sands: On the Path to Sustainability” has aired on 240 public television networks across the country since it made its national debut in August 2016.

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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.

Support for this program was provided in part by: The Legacy Foundation, The Efroymson Family Foundation, The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation, The Knight Foundation, The Porter County Community Foundation, The Indiana Arts Commission, South Shore Arts, National Endowment for the Arts, The Unity Foundation of LaPorte County, The Crown Point Community Foundation, Indiana Dunes Tourism, The Flora Richardson Foundation, Indiana Department of Natural Resources, Indiana Lake Michigan Coastal Program, National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration, and many individual donations.

About The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences
The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) is a professional service organization dedicated to the advancement of the arts and sciences of television and the promotion of creative leadership for artistic, educational and technical achievements within the television industry. It recognizes excellence in television with the coveted Emmy® Award for News & Documentary, Sports, Daytime Entertainment, Daytime Creative Arts & Entertainment, Public & Community Service, Technology & Engineering, and Business & Financial Reporting Excellence in Primetime programming and international programming is recognized by its affiliate, the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.  Regional Emmy® Awards are given in 19 regions across the United States. Beyond awards, NATAS has extensive educational programs including National Student Television and its Student Award for Excellence for outstanding journalistic work by high school students, as well as scholarships, publications, and major activities for both industry professionals and the viewing public.  For more information, please visit the website at