An all-star cast has assembled for a one-night-only fundraiser—Dane Cook Presents Feelin’ A-Live, a virtual live table read of Fast Times at Ridgemont High—on Friday, August 21, 2020 at 8PM EST/5PM PST in support of the two organizations: the emergency relief nonprofit CORE, the humanitarian organization co-founded by Sean Penn and CEO Ann Lee, currently on the frontlines of the fight against COVID-19 providing testing and relief services in the United States; and Reform Alliance, focused on criminal justice reform with an urgent focus on the impact of the pandemic on prison systems and inmate health.
This fundraiser, presented by Dane Cook and executive produced by Cook and Ivan Dudynsky, will take the form of a must-see, unrehearsed, anything-goes live table read of the seminal 1982 film, Fast Times at Ridgemont High, to be performed by an extraordinary collection of Hollywood’s favorite stars, including (alphabetically): Jennifer Aniston, Dane Cook, Morgan Freeman, Shia LaBeouf, Matthew McConaughey, Sean Penn, Brad Pitt, Julia Roberts, and more. Fast Times screenwriter Cameron Crowe and director Amy Heckerling will make a special introduction at the top of the event.
Please Note: Additional casting will be announced shortly, and viewers will need to tune-in live to find out which iconic role each actor is playing.
In a statement, Fast Times director Amy Heckerling said: “I’m honored that so many talented, wonderful people are willing to get together to celebrate our movie, and to create their own special version of it. And I’m a huge fan of Sean. He has such a big heart and I fully support CORE and all of his causes.”
Screenwriter Cameron Crowe added: “Sean brought magic to us on day one, and he is still bringing that magic to the world. We are so excited to be a part of this 2020 take on Fast Times at Ridgemont High. Thank you to this cast, and to Sean, for always honoring the best things in life, love and creativity. It is, as a great man once said, totally awesome.”
Dane Cook said: “I was once asked if, as a comedian, I’d ever dreamed of hosting the Academy Awards. My response, “It’d be fun but more than that I’ve always imagined being on a group webcam chat with some of the greatest actors working today, sitting in our pajamas reading a legendary script from 1982.” Kaboom!”
“On behalf of our dedicated team at CORE, I’m so appreciative of the support Dane has given and continues to give to our work,” said Sean Penn, Co-Founder of CORE. “I’m always game for a giggle. So, to gather remotely for a night of laughs with so many talented folks while providing CORE with much-needed resources to continue our vital work, then consider us fully onboard to play! And, no, I will not be revisiting my original role… but I’m very confident in the new guy.”
The live virtual event will take place on Friday, August 21 at 8PM EST/5PM PST Facebook Live via CORE’s official Facebook page accessible at https://www.facebook.com/CoreResponse or @CoreResponse. It will also livestream via Live X Live. The livestream will feature a ‘Donate’ button onscreen with all proceeds benefiting CORE as well as REFORM Alliance. The official hashtag for the event is #fasttimeslive.
Since the onset of the pandemic, CORE has been a national leader in the COVID-19 response to provide free testing and support services for high-risk individuals and vulnerable communities. The organization has administered more than one million tests across dozens of test sites across the nation, with a focus on serving low-income groups, communities of color, first responders and essential workers. In addition to testing, CORE is committed to implementing a multipronged, holistic approach inclusive of streamlined testing with timely results; comprehensive and effective contact tracing programs; and supported quarantine and isolation services that provide shelter, food and wage replacement. CORE is committed to supporting local governance with a community-centric approach, and has applied this model to emergency relief efforts in Haiti, The Bahamas and the United States.
The mission of the REFORM Alliance is to dramatically reduce the number of people who are unjustly under the control of the criminal justice system – starting with probation and parole. To win, we will leverage our considerable resources to change laws, policies, hearts and minds. COVID-19 spreads most quickly in crowded and closed environments, and our jails and prisons are at high risk for an outbreak. This is a huge threat to public health. Right now, hardly any government officials have a plan to address this crisis. REFORM does. They have worked with experts and advocates from across the political aisle to develop a set of common-sense recommendations that would make us all safer.
Fast Times at Ridgemont High—which this month celebrates the 38th Anniversary of its August 13, 1982 release date—is the classic, semi-autobiographical film written by Oscar winner Cameron Crowe (Almost Famous, Jerry Maguire) and directed by Amy Heckerling (Clueless, Look Who’s Talking), which was hailed for its authentic and raw portrayal of teens in the early 80’s, and quickly became a cultural touchpoint and anthem for generations of teens that followed, up until the present.Feelin’ A-Live, a virtual live table read of Fast Times at Ridgemont High, is presented in association with Deviants Media Inc. and JWP.