Screening: Dear President Obama

Screening: Dear President Obama

Session Type(s): Screening

Starts: Friday, Jul. 15 4:00 PM (Central)

Ends: Friday, Jul. 15 6:00 PM (Central)

Room: 242

The film takes a cross-country look at drilling, highlighting its variety of contaminations, the stories of its victims, and the false promise of an economic boom, with a focus on clean energy solutions that would allow us to proceed toward 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 who 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. An Oceans 8 film written and directed by Jon Bowermaster and narrated by Mark Ruffalo.

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Jon Bowermaster

Jon Bowermaster

A six-time grantee of the National Geographic Expeditions Council and award-winning writer and filmmaker Bowermaster’s ten-year-long OCEANS 8 project took him and his teams around the world by sea kayak, from the Aleutian Islands to Vietnam, French Polynesia to Chile/Argentina/Bolivia, Gabon to Croatia and Tasmania to Antarctica.

Author of a dozen books and a dozen documentary films, Jon was recently named one of a dozen Ocean Heroes by the National Geographic Society. His website and blog (www.jonbowermaster.com) continues his reporting on the world’s coastlines, the people who live along them and issues of importance to anyone concerned about the planet’s one ocean.

A resident of New York’s Hudson Valley his most recent documentary, “Dear Governor Cuomo,” looks at the controversy around hydraulic fracturing in his own backyard. His next film, “Antarctica 3D: On the Edge” is due out in Fall 2013.

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