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Premiere of New Wildlife Documentary

Picture of a Piping Plovers in the sand

Photo courtesy of Bob Dolgan

Monty and Rose, a new documentary film about the endangered Great Lakes Piping Plovers that have nested at Chicago’s Montrose Beach the past three summers, will make its debut with a pair of screenings at 1 p.m., September 4, and 2:30 p.m., September 6, at the Music Box Theatre.

The film is written and directed by Bob Dolgan, a past board member of the Chicago Ornithological Society and author of the This Week in Birding newsletter. Music is by local indie favorites Congress of Starlings and San Diego ska pioneers Spy Kids.

These are the first Piping Plovers to successfully nest in Chicago since 1948. The film tells the story of how the birds took up residence on one of the busiest stretches of the busiest beach in Chicago. Subjects interviewed include advocates that spoke out when a music festival was scheduled within feet of the plovers’ nesting site.

Location: 3733 N. Southport, Chicago. For more information or to obtain tickets, visit