Mark Ruffalo to receive Renaissance Award from Gene Siskel Film Center

Mark Ruffalo to receive Renaissance Award from Gene Siskel Film Center
Mark Ruffalo, Renaissance Award winner 2015.

The Gene Siskel Film Center (GSFC) of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) will once again salute a leader from the world of cinema when it honors two-time Academy Award nominee Mark Ruffalo, on Saturday, June 6, at The Ritz-Carlton Chicago (160 E. Pearson Street.)

The evening will celebrate Ruffalo’s accomplishments as an actor, director and producer as well as give attendees the opportunity to listen in as Ruffalo reminisces about his favorite roles, provides insights into his creative process and discusses upcoming projects.   A retrospective of film clips from his most memorable performances will accompany the conversation. The evening will culminate with the presentation of the Gene Siskel Film Center Renaissance Award to Ruffalo by SAIC President Dr. Walter E. Massey.

“Mark Ruffalo is one of the most gifted and versatile actors working today, and always imbues his performances with layers of complexity that are fascinating to watch,” said GSFC of the SAIC Executive Director Jean de St. Aubin. “His performances in ‘Foxcatcher,’ ‘Shutter Island,’ and ‘The Kids are All Right’ are a few of my favorites, but even his performance as Bruce Banner/The Hulk in ‘The Avengers’ contains a level of introspection that was surprising and thought-provoking. As a director and producer, he has created some remarkable work, including last year’s highly acclaimed ‘The Normal Heart.’”

The benefit is co-chaired by longstanding GSFC supporters and Advisory Board members Marlene Iglitzen and Ellen Kollar.  The chair of the GSFC Advisory Board is Ellen Sandor.   All proceeds support the Gene Siskel Film Center’s eclectic film programming as well as lecture series and discussions with visiting scholars and filmmakers.  This programming provides the opportunity for students and the Chicago community to experience the best in film presentation.

The annual fundraiser is the primary event that ensures that the GSFC can continue to present the highest quality films and film-related events in Chicago. For tickets and more info, click here!

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