EU Academic Festival to Host ‘Dear President Obama’ Fracking Documentary Regional Premiere

The provocative anti-fracking documentary “Dear President Obama” will have its northwestern Pennsylvania Jon Bowermasterpremiere March 29 at Edinboro University as part of a guest artist appearance by filmmaker Jon Bowermaster.

The film, which is narrated by actor and environmental activist Mark Ruffalo, will be shown at 7 p.m. in Edinboro University’s Frank G. Pogue Student Center Multipurpose Room. A discussion with the filmmaker will follow the screening, which is free and open to the public.

Bowermaster will also speak to EU cinema classes during his visit to campus as part of EU’s Academic Festival. The festival is an annual celebration of the academic excellence and scholarship of Edinboro’s students, faculty and alumni.

“Dear President Obama” examines scientific evidence on global warming and the health impacts of hydraulic fracturing or “hydrofracking,” a technique for extracting natural gas from rock layers deep within the earth. The film argues that the nation should shift from natural gas to the promise of renewable energy and takes aim at elected officials, including the president for his perceived contradictory support of both hydrofracking and action against climate change.

Bowermaster’s exploits as an adventurer and writer for National Geographic have taken him all over the world, including kayaking all the world’s oceans as part of his “Oceans 8” project. He has written a dozen books and produced/directed more than 15 documentary films.

He previously tackled the subject of hydrofracking in the 2012 documentary “Dear Governor Cuomo,” which took New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo to task on the subject two years before the practice was banned in the state because of health concerns.  Bowermaster’s most recent work includes the documentary “After the Spill,” which examines the impact of the massive oil spill caused by the 2010 explosion of the Deepwater Horizon drilling platform in the Gulf of Mexico.

For more information about “Dear President Obama: Americans Against Fracking In One Voice,” visit

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