On Saturday June 6, Marlene Iglitzen and Ellen Kollar will co-chair the Gene Siskel Film Center of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago’s big summer fundraiser and present this year’s Renaissance award to Academy Award nominee Mark Ruffalo. Past recipients of the Renaissance Award includes: Morgan Freeman, Reese Witherspoon, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jamie Foxx, William H. Macy and Felicity Huffman.
Ruffalo was nominated for an Academy award for his supporting role in Foxcatcher and will reprise his role as Dr. Bruce Banner/Incredible Hulk in The Avengers: Age of Ultron.
The Gene Siskel Film Center (GSFC) of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) will once again salute a leader in cinematic artistry when it honors two-time Academy Award® nominee Mark Ruffalo, Saturday, June 6, 2015, 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 influences, and discuss 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 an Academy Award-nominated actor whose credits include “You Can Count on Me,” “The Kids Are All Right,” “The Avengers,” “Zodiac,” “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind” and “Foxcatcher,” as well as the Emmy, Golden Globe, and SAG award winning HBO film “The Normal Heart.” In addition to being an accomplished actor, Ruffalo is a strong advocate for addressing climate change and increasing renewable energy. 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
“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.’”