FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 16, 2017
Volunteer Cyclists To Screen Emmy® Nominated Indiana Dunes Documentary Ahead of National Bike Travel Weekend
Chicago, IL – Before embarking on a 50-mile bike journey from Chicago to the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, Out Our Front Door will screen “Shifting Sands: On the Path to Sustainability” to its members on Thursday, May 18 at 7:00 p.m. at the BFF Bikes in Chicago. The screening is held in support of National Bike Travel Weekend—a weekend where people from all over the nation travel their state or national park by bike.
“We’re a small group of volunteers who take people on camping adventures by bike,” said Andrew St. Paul, executive director of Out Our Front Door. “By hosting this screening, we’re providing the Chicagoland community an opportunity to learn about the Indiana Dunes and its surrounding area before they bike from Chicago to the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore.”
Cyclists will ride past some of the areas mentioned in the film.
The Chicago/Midwest Regional Emmy® nominated documentary, “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, an idea of Lee Botts—a prominent American environmentalist known primarily for her work related to conservation and restoration of the Great Lakes—comes a century after a national park was first proposed to safeguard the Indiana Dunes’ spectacular landscape of towering dunes, green woodlands, rich wetlands and unsurpassed biological diversity.
Currently, a congressional bill is proposed to retitle the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore to Indiana Dunes National Park. If passed, the bill would create Indiana’s first national park.
After the screening, members of the film’s production team will lead a discussion with the audience. Members of the production team include Lee Botts, executive producer; Pat Wisniewski, producer and director; Tom Desch, producer, editor and writer; and Rana Segal, producer and director of cinematography.
For more information about the screening, visit http://www.outourfrontdoor.org.
About Out Our Front Door
Out Our Front Door, a volunteer-based group organizing to become a 501(c)3 organization, provides exploratory adventures by immersing and educating in the area’s history, architecture, and the uniquely beautiful natural habitats of the Lower Lake Michigan Basin Area through bicycling. You can go on your own by picking up a trail book/map or join us on one of our guided tours, where we reveal the grandness of Chicagoland and beyond. For more information about Out Our Front Door, visit outourfrontdoor.org.
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. Since its August 2016 nationwide debut, #ShiftingSandsMovie has aired across 241 public television stations. The film was also nominated for a Chicago/Midwest Regional Emmy® Award by the Chicago/Midwest Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. Proceeds from the film benefit Lakeshore Public Television (WYIN) and the Dunes Learning Center. For more information about the film, visit shiftingsandsmovie.com.