Star-Studded Dazed And Confused Script Reading This Weekend
Affleck, McConaughey, more reunite for election non-profits
By Richard Whittaker,
12:34AM, Fri. Oct. 9, 2020
Can you paddle over the internet? Guess we'll find out on Sunday, when the cast of Austin classic Dazed and Confused reunite online to read the script in a special fundraiser for two voter advocacy non-profits, plus the Austin Film Society.
Yup, Richard Linklater's third feature, shot at a host of still-familiar locations was packed with now-familiar faces. It's one of those movies that people look back on now and go, "Who wasn't in that?" So the reunion, which takes place Sunday, Oct. 11 at 6:30pm Central, includes returning cast members (deep breath) 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, Catherine Morris, and, of course, Matthew McConaughey. (We presume that they're recreating their old parts, but who wouldn't love to see Parker Posey take on David Wooderson?)
The star-studded line-up doesn't end there, with a list of big-name understudies filling in some parts, including Lamorne Morris, Eiza Gonzalez, Ricky Whittle, Austin regular Jason Reitman, plus Austin transplants Jensen Ackles and Adrianne Palicki. Oh, and there'll be a post-reading live Q&A moderated by Patton Oswalt (who recorded his second live album, Werewolves and Lollipops, at Cap City Comedy, so we're claiming him for this one night).
The event will benefit two voter education and encouragement efforts: March For Science’s #VoteForScience campaign (which is busy educating voters on how to exercise their constitutional right safely and in-person this year), and the Voto Latino Foundation, which works to increase Latinx civic and political engagement. In addition, there will be a donation to the Austin Film Society, to assist its mission of supporting Texas filmmakers.
Matt Tranchin, president of March For Science, said, “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. We need to mask up, wash our hands, head to the polls, and socially distance ourselves as we ensure our voices are heard.”
Noting that Voto Latino Foundation had helped register 247,284 Texas voters before this week's deadline, foundation managing director Danny Friedman said, “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!”
Attending is really simple. Just send a donation via the event page on actblue.com, and you'll get a link to the show. That's it. Your donation will be split between the three groups, and you get to see what may be the world's biggest video conference call.
So you coming? Be a lot cooler if you did ...
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