Dark Waters: A Conversation with Mark Ruffalo, Rob Bilott & Emily Donovan
Award-winning actor and producer Mark Ruffalo joins The Washington Post Live on Nov. 19 for a conversation about his forthcoming film, Dark Waters. Inspired by true events, the film tells the story of an unexpected crusader Rob Bilott, a corporate defense attorney, who discovers a community has been dangerously exposed for decades to deadly chemicals after following a trail of secrets implicating one of the world’s largest corporations.
Bilott will join Ruffalo and community organizer Emily Donovan to discuss the film and their campaign to spread awareness about the ongoing dangers of chemical contamination in areas throughout the country.
Mark Ruffalo
Actor, activist and producer
Academy Award®, Golden Globe®, BAFTA and Emmy® nominee Mark Ruffalo is one of Hollywood’s most sought-after actors, easily moving between stage and screen. Last year, he appeared in “Avengers: Infinity War,” which grossed $1.6 Billion worldwide and was the biggest world-wide film opening since 2002. He has been nominated for three Academy Awards within five years for his performances in “The Kids Are All Right,” Bennett Miller’s “Foxcatcher” and Thomas McCarthy’s “Spotlight.” Ruffalo advocates for addressing climate change and increasing renewable energy. A regular contributor to the Guardian and Huffington Post, Ruffalo has received the Global Green Millennium Award for Environmental Leadership and the Meera Gandhi Giving Back Foundation Award. 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 demonstrates the feasibility of renewable energy.
Robert Bilott
Environmental attorney and author
Robert Bilott is a partner at the law firm Taft Stettinius & Hollister, LLP in Cincinnati, Ohio where he has practiced environmental law and litigation for more than twenty-eight years. He has been selected as one of the Best Lawyers in America for several years running and has received numerous honors for his work in environmental law and litigation. Rob is a former chair of the Cincinnati Bar Association’s Environmental Law Committee and a graduate of New College in Sarasota, Florida (BA) and the Ohio State University College of Law (JD, cum laude). In 2017, Rob received the international Right Livelihood Award, commonly known as the “Alternative Nobel Prize,” for his years of work on PFOA. He is the author of the acclaimed new book Exposure: Poisoned Water, Corporate Greed, and One Lawyer's Twenty-Year Battle against DuPont.
Emily Donovan
Co-Founder, Clean Cape Fear
Emily Donovan is co-founder of Clean Cape Fear, an all volunteer North Carolina grassroots community group which formed in 2017 after learning DuPont/Chemours contaminated the lower Cape Fear River basin—the main source of drinking water for a quarter of a million residents, with toxic PFAS chemicals. Clean Cape Fear is a member of the National PFAS Contaminated Communities Coalition. Emily has testified before Congress twice regarding DuPont/Chemours’ Fayetteville, NC facility; including, testifying during the first ever congressional hearing on PFAS contamination. She regularly travels the country sharing her personal impact story, as well as those of her friends and neighbors. She frequents Washington, DC and Raleigh, NC pressuring lawmakers and regulators for swifter responses to our growing PFAS public health crisis. Emily is also a part-time youth director at Little Chapel on the Boardwalk.
Moderated by Sarah Ellison
The Washington Post
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