EYES IN™ Magazine Editor-in-Chief Vivian Van Dijk shared in the celebration held by Chicago's Gene Siskel Center at the Ritz-Carlton honoring Mark Ruffalo, actor and activist. Vivian is looking forward to an interview with Mark Ruffalo for an upcoming edition of EYES IN™ Magazine.
Vivian says, "I was delighted to meet actor Mark Ruffalo and was impressed by his personality off-screen as well as by his repertoire on-screen. He is an amazing man with an innovative mind and an incredible devotion to environmental issues. The fact that Mark had to cope with a lot of personal tragedy this millennium does not seem to keep him from moving forward. When he was asked what is the answer to all problems in life - he said 'love' which exactly describes him, his devotion to his family, his work, and the causes for clean water and sustainable energy that are dear to him and the world. I'm so happy to have been part of this historical evening in Chicago organized by the Gene Siskel Film Foundation."
The Gene Siskel Film Center of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago presented the Gene Siskel Film Center Renaissance Award to actor Mark Ruffalo, paying tribute to his dynamic career.
Funds raised support the Gene Siskel Film Center's eclectic year-round film programming as well as lecture series and discussions with visiting scholars and filmmakers.
Mark Ruffalo is a two-time Academy Award-nominated actor whose credits include Foxcatcher, The Avengers, The Kids Are All Right, Zodiac, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, and You Can Count on Me, as well as the Emmy, Golden Globe, and SAG award-winning HBO film The Normal Heart.
In addition to begin an accomplished actor, Ruffalo is a strong advocate for addressing climate change and increasing renewable energy. A regular contributor to The Guardian and The Huffington Post, Mark has received the Global Green Millennium Award for Environmental Leadership, and the Meera Gandhi Giving Back Foundation Award. In 2011, he co-founded Water Defense, an organization devoted to the guiding principal that clean water is a basic human right. He was named one of Time Magazine's "People Who Mattered" in 2011 and received The Big Fish Award from Riverkeeper in 2013. Ruffalo helped launch The Solutions Project in 2012 as part of his mission to share science, business and culture that demonstrate the feasibility of renewable energy. Ruffalo recently teamed up with racecar driver and environmental activist Leilani Munter to promote their initiative "50 Plans for 50 States." The plan is a roadmap to take the USA to 100% clean energy in each state.
"Climate change can be overwhelming with all of the 'scary facts.' There is some good news too. The Race To Save The World brings attention to how critical this issue is to everyone’s future. This film will inspire people to make their voices heard and hopefully help to turn this crisis around. It can be turned around."
Internationally recognized and respected for its original film programming, for over 42 years, the Gene Siskel Film Center of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) has been a vibrant cultural destination that attracts a diverse and creative audience. The success and longevity of the Gene Siskel Film Center is due in part to the vast and varied work that it presents - over 400 films in over 1,600 presentations with 100+ filmmaker appearances each year. More than 80,000 patrons visit the Gene Siskel Film Center annually for the best international, classic, and independent films.
Gene Siskel possessed a laser-like ability to discern quality in everything. He always looked for the finest; expected it and appreciated it. That is what drew him to The Film Center at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. There, Gene found a superior showcase for the world's greatest films. He championed the Film Center from its very inception, as did his distinguished fellow film critic, Roger Ebert. When asked by a journalist to list his three favorite things about Chicago, Gene named Michael Jordan, Mayor Daley, and the Film Center. Gene was a member of the Film Center's Advisory Committee and a strong supporter of the Film Center's mission and wrote hundreds of articles applauding the Film Center's distinctive programming, lending the power of his position as one of the world's most respected film critics to urge public funding and audience support.
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