Just one more month to make tremendous strides for the integrity of award-winning director Texas Richard Linklater (childhood) has partnered with Mothers Against Greg Abbott (MAGA) to encourage voters to take action. Linklater has teamed up with the Mothers to start the Abbott Out Advent Calendara campaign trying to articulate the need to unseat the Republican governor of Texas Gregory Abbott and voter awareness. An advent calendar—something typically used to count down the days until a celebration—sends a powerful message.
The Oscar-nominated director and native Texas native has teamed up with the Mothers Against Greg Abbott PAC to project the voices of a grassroots organization made up of the backbone of society – mothers. Abbott Out Advent Calendar is a series of films reduced to monochromatic testimonies by Texans expressing people’s concerns about Abbott’s lack of leadership. The shorts are easily digestible and instead of being overloaded with bells and whistles, each portrait is straightforward with every biting, sobering and thought-provoking point. The citizens of the state are demanding a governor who will intervene and actually rule, and this advent calendar of agitation begs Texas to take a stand.
Beginning Oct. 8, a month after Election Day, the videos count down the days with specific reasons to vote Abbott out. Although designed to be watched any day until November 8th, all 31 videos are available to sit down and record in one sitting. As stated on the mother’s website, this campaign “is not about culture wars or Democrats versus Republicans. This is about Texan families.” Each video features a Texan from a different walk of life presenting policies Abbott hasn’t implemented or swept under the rug. With varying degrees of anger and hurt, people are speaking out about issues the Texas governor has ignored or exacerbated, from abortion, discrimination, rape and gun safety to rising property taxes, utilities and more. Texas is notoriously proud of its strength, but the campaign claims Abbott does not represent it with its endless moral posturing and submission to the will of extremists, disregard for health care and education, among other things.
Linklater, although a Hollywood director for films like childhood, A scanner in the darkand Dazed and confused, was born in Texas and lives in Austin. In response to Abbott’s myriad failures, he lent his storytelling talent to raise awareness and encourage voters to get out and make a change. Founder of Mothers Against Greg Abbott, Nancy ThompsonExplained the group’s excitement to work with Linklater and his team, who have given “the thirty Texans brave enough to speak out about why we need change in Texas” a platform with the ability to reach a wider audience, and said, “Texans from across the state believe it’s time for Abbott to go. It’s time for change in Texas – it’s time for Beto O’Rourke.”
In his own words, Linklater says:
“It’s no secret that frustration with Greg Abbott is growing. And it’s not just the Democrats who are fed up. Texans from all walks of life recognize that this state is mismanaged and that our lives and liberties are at stake because of the policies put in place and ignoring crises such as women’s health, lack of electrical grids and gun violence.
“As a lifelong Texan, I feel the same outrage at the relentless failures of Abbott’s administration. I certainly have something to say about that. And so do our friends and neighbors across the state. So let’s give them a voice. Let’s hear what real Texans really need to say about Greg Abbott.”
The message rings out: Abbot has failed Texas. You can watch the videos on the official one Abbott Out Advent Calendar Website that offers voters the opportunity to mark their calendars and commit to scheduling time to vote. You can also learn more about Mothers Against Abbott on their website. Check out the trailer Abbott Out Advent Calendar under:
https://collider.com/richard-linklater-vote-out-greg-abbott-trailer-abbott-out-advent-calendar/ Richard Linklater Makes Video Series to Vote Out Texas Governor Greg Abbott