Photo of piping plover Monty from Evanston North Shore Bird Club

The film “Monty and Rose,” the story of a pair of endangered piping plovers that successfully nested in Chicago’s Montrose Harbor last summer, has been named an official selection of the One Earth Film Festival. The film will be screened at 7 p.m. on Jan. 23 at the Wilmette Theater, 1122 Central Ave., Wilmette.

The short independent documentary chronicles these special birds and an unpredictable series of events including a proposed music festival that propelled the birds to national headlines.

“Monty and Rose” features interviews with key players in the story, including biologists, birders, volunteers and the advocates who spoke out when the music festival was proposed. Music is by local indie favorites Congress of Starlings. 

Lead Plover Watch volunteer Tamima Itani of Illinois Ornithological Society and Chicago Audubon Society President Judy Pollock will join Filmmaker Bob Dolgan for a panel discussion after the film. 

Also on the bill will be the first showing of “Postcard from Waukegan,” which chronicles Monty and Rose’s time in Waukegan in 2018, when they attempted to nest there.

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