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.


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 ( 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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