1122 Central Ave
Wilmette, IL 60091
”Monty and Rose” tells the story of a pair of endangered piping plovers that successfully nested at Chicago’s Montrose Beach in the summer of 2502019, the first of the species to nest in Chicago in 64 years. The short, independent documentary chronicles these special birds and an unpredictable series of events including a scheduled music festival that propelled the birds to national headlines. “Monty and Rose” features interviews with an array of key players in the story, including biologists, birders, volunteers and the advocates who spoke out when the music festival was proposed. “Monty and Rose” is an independent project, funded through the generous support of backers on Kickstarter. Partners in the project include Turnstone Strategies, Wenkus Productions, Free Spirit Media (Pat Nabong) and Eileen Wagner Design. Music is by local indie favorites Congress of Starlings.
The evening will also feature the premiere of a short film, “Postcards from Waukegan,” chronicling Monty & Rose’s first nesting attempt in Waukegan in 2018.
The screening will be followed by a Q&A with filmmaker Bob Dolgan, Chicago Audubon Society President Judy Pollock and Tamima Itani, one of the lead organizers of the Plover Watch volunteer effort.