Three local films will be presented at the “Film Fest at the Crossroads,” by the Beverly Shores Depot Museum & Art Gallery at the Memorial Opera House on Thursday, August 10th. The event is produced by Bonnie Hawksworth featuring films about Northwest Indiana along with lively discussion from local experts.
Depot Board President Suzy Vance is “thrilled to showcase these films bringing to life the rich and dynamic fabric of our region, along with the knowledge and talent of the filmmakers and local experts. We hope that this collaboration with Memorial Opera House will be the first of many.”
“It is gratifying to connect communities and nonprofits to spread the artistic wealth of our region and benefit overall quality of life,” said Bonnie Hawksworth, Executive Producer.
“Calumet: The Region’s River” is a video journey into the industrialized heart of the Calumet watershed in Indiana, along the branches, canals, and wetlands of the Calumet River system. Gary artists Samuel Love and Raymar Brunson travel along the Calumet, exploring how the very heart of the watershed was turned into a barrier between classes and races – and the consequences for communities near the river today.
“The Erosion Project,” portrays one of the oldest residents of Beverly Shores, Carol Ruzic, reveals “this is nothing new…this has been going on forever.” At 21 years old she
moved to Beverly Shores in 1951. She has been photographing the destructive effects of Lake Michigan on the town ever since. Directed by Johnathon Jackson.
“ Walkable USA: Sneak Peak,” chronicles the efforts of city planner Jeff Speck as he works to help Hammond, Indiana revitalize its downtown. Central to Speck’s design philosophy is the power of people alking. His work aims to shift the design and scale of cities from the car to the individual. This short preview will ultimately be presented as an hour-long feature film is directed by Tom Desch.
The Opera House is located at downtown Valparaiso at 104 Indiana Ave. and can be reached at Call the box office at 219-548-9137, or visit memorialoperahouse.com.
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