October 04, 2006

Rocking The Vote, Rolling The Film

Film fans, music buffs and those harboring civic pride will find lots to do at LTV in Wainscott this week, between a Rock The Vote event and screenings of flicks with a political theme.

LTV volunteer Deer France has organized the events. At Sunday's Rock The Vote, held on LTV's grounds, teens who register to vote will be entertained by their peers, as a variety of popular local high school bands perform. A select number of the bands will play at the Stephen Talkhouse in Amagansett on Saturday night from 8 to 10:30.

Rock The Vote is a national organization dedicated to motivating young people and emphasizing the importance of voter registration.

France supports empowering teens to exercise their rights. "At their age I was a demonstrator and I voted," she said. Speaking to the current state of national affairs and particularly the war in Iraq, she said, "This whole mess happened on my watch. The next generation has to be ever more watchful." Kids should at least be able to understand about voting, "to have a say in what's going to happen in our future," she added. Guest speakers will be on hand to discuss the importance of voting on Sunday. Young people 17 and over can register. They must bring identification as well as a Social Security number.

Continuing the political theme, on Tuesday LTV's Drive In Fantasy Film series culminates. Beginning at around 7 p.m. flicks will flicker on the side of the building, so fans can watch under the Aires moon. If the weather is too cold, France said, the screening will move indoors.

The evening's selection includes Hi, Mom, Brian De Palma's first film about Vietnam and President Kennedy's assassination. Medium Cool, which exposes the Chicago Democratic Convention and Bobby Kennedy's assassination, and Black Out, a brand new film about suppressed votes are also in the line-up. Majority rule will prevail, when it comes to which flick will show first.

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