It’d be a lot cooler if you did.
This pandemic may suck, but that doesn’t mean awesome stuff can’t spring forth. In that spirit, how cool is it to see the entire cast getting together for a script reading of the most iconic of Austin films, Richard Linklater’s Dazed and Confused.
Not enough amazingness? How about Patton Oswalt hosting a Q&A afterward. I mean, come on! The event benefits a couple of groups helping to get out the vote, so it’s altruistic and just frickin’ sweet.
One of those cast members is Parker Posey. She’s excited to partake, even if it’s not in an ideal format.
“I wish I could see everyone in person, but it’ll be fun to go back to this classic movie to entertain everybody and see the cast on Zoom,” she said. “I really hope everyone at home gets off the couch and air raids when it’s time to.”
See below for the press release from event partner Austin Film Society, then get ready to do some air raids!
The cast of Dazed And Confused are reuniting to raise funds for voting initiatives in Texas benefitting March For Science and the Voto Latino Foundation. The Austin Film Society is also a partner for this special virtual event. The 1993 cult classic will have an exclusive, live table reading on Sunday, October 11 at 7:30pm EST, 6:30pm CST. Donors will receive access to the event after making a donation in the amount of their choice. To date, more than 1,000 fans have chipped in from around the country, with an average contribution of $23. To register and donate, visit here.
Original cast members include Matthew McConaughey, Ben Affleck, Parker Posey, Jason London, Joey Lauren Adams, Adam Goldberg, Anthony Rapp, Rory Cochrane, Marissa Ribisi, Cole Hauser, Deena Martin, Esteban Powell, Christine Harnos, Wiley Wiggins, Michelle Burke, Mark Vandermeulen, Sasha Jenson, Jeremy Fox, Christin Hinojosa, and Catherine Morris.
Special guests joining the original cast include Jensen Ackles, Lamorne Morris, Eiza Gonzalez, Adrianne Palicki, Ricky Whittle, and Jason Reitman. There will be a live Q&A moderated by Patton Oswalt immediately following the script read.
More coronavirus cases have been reported in Texas over the past two weeks than any other state in the country. And yet, Texans cannot cite COVID-19 as a valid reason to be able to vote by mail. In the midst of a global pandemic, it’s critical that voter empowerment and civic engagement efforts are supported to ensure we have safe, accessible, and fair elections.
The virtual fundraiser supports March For Science’s #VoteForScience campaign, mobilizing the science advocacy community to vote in this election as well as educating voters on how they can vote in-person and safely.
Even though there has been a concerted effort to disenfranchise voters and make it more difficult to cast our ballots, Texans who follow the science should be comfortable and confident about voting safely — and early — in this election,” said Matt Tranchin, President of March For Science. “We need to mask up, wash our hands, head to the polls, and socially distance ourselves as we ensure our voices are heard.
Funds raised will also support Voto Latino Foundation, which is registering Latinx voters and encouraging civic participation so that Latinx voices can be heard. This work focuses on educating voters on the issues that affect their communities, engaging and mobilizing Latinx people across the country, and empowering them to turn out and make their voices heard.
Voto Latino Foundation helped register more than 247,284 voters in Texas before Monday’s deadline,” said Danny Friedman, Managing Director of Voto Latino. “We’re excited to work with March for Science and the cast of Dazed and Confused to help put together the resources to turn them out safely. Wear a mask and please vote early!
Those interested in joining the iconic film’s original cast for the virtual fundraiser can register and donate here. Proceeds will support March For Science and Voto Latino Foundation, with a donation being made to support the Austin Film Society.