Acclaimed actor, director, producer and humanitarian Mark Ruffalo will deliver the commencement address to the Ringling College of Art and Design class of 2016 on Thursday, May 12th, 2016. Ruffalo will address the Ringling College community, including 300 graduating artists, designers, and creatives and their families.
Media may attend the commencement exercises, scheduled to begin at 3:30 PM at the Bradenton Area Convention Center, 1 Haben Boulevard in Palmetto. The public may view the commencement livestream from the Ringling College main page at www.ringling.edu starting at 3:30pm on Thursday, May 12th.
Later that evening Mr. Ruffalo and Director Jon Bowermaster are hosting a ticketed screening of their film ‘Dear President Obama’ to benefit Food and Water Watch at the Burns Court Theater at 7:30 PM. Mr. Ruffalo and Mr. Bowermaster will conduct a Q and A following the film.
Mr. Bowermaster is available for interviews in advance of the screening. Tickets are limited but available to the public for $14.00 online from the http://www.dearpresidentobama.com or Food and Water Watch websites.
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[endif]‘Dear President Obama’ takes a cross-country look at drilling, highlighting its variety of contaminations, the stories of its victims, the false promise of an economic boom, with a focus on clean energy solutions that would allow us to proceed towards a future that does not rely on yet another dirty fossil fuel extraction process. Interviews with scientists, economists, health professionals, geologists and whistle-blowers provide the core information we think will convince the current President and those that will follow to join the “anti-drilling” majority growing across the United States and call for fossil fuels to be left where they belong, in the ground. ‘Dear President Obama’ is an Oceans 8 Film, Written and Directed by Jon Bowermaster and Narrated by Mark Ruffalo.