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eileen from OH Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jun-26-04 12:08 AM
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Farenheit just might be what delivers Ohio. . .
if my experience is any indication.

Okay, one of the things the pundits have been saying is that the movie won't affect the election because only the "choir" will go see it.

WRONG, WRONG, WRONG, A THOUSAND TIMES WRONG.

I stood in the line of people going into the 7:00 show in order to buy tickets to the 10pm. It was 90% young people and I eavesdropped and chatted some of 'em up to see why they were there. And it wasn't because of Bush - most didn't seem that concerned and/or informed about him. They were there because it was a Michael Moore movie and they love Michael Moore's movies. Plus all the hoopla that has been made about it.

So we go back for the 10pm show and it is packed and AGAIN, it's about 90% young people and AGAIN it seemed that most were clueless about Bush and AGAIN they seemed to be there because it was a Michael Moore movie, plus the hoopla.

Before it started there was a lot of youthful clowning going on and I was actually kinda afraid that they'd be jackasses throughout the movie. Then it started. You have never been in a more quiet crowd. Except for the expected reactions at certain points.

Big applause at the end and as we're walking out, it was pretty quiet except for murmurings "Do you believe that asshole Bush?" And "Holy shit, did you know ANY of that stuff?" "God, we have got to get rid of him."

So I'm thinking - if every showing of the movie, in every theatre in Ohio, gets 20, or even just 10, or so young people to vote - who might not have voted - it will tip Ohio into the Dem column, but good.

Thank you, Michael Moore.

eileen from OH
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mzmolly Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jun-26-04 12:10 AM
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1. Very interesting ... I hadn't thought about the appeal of BFC to young
audiences?

I went to a local theatre (bought tics on line) and it was sold out for the next two shows! So glad I bought tickets in advance.
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PROGRESSIVE1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jun-26-04 12:10 AM
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2. .............
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Coventina Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jun-26-04 12:11 AM
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3. thank you for posting this
it gives me hope, or at least keeps the despair at bay.

I'm going to see F9/11 tomorrow I hope. If it isn't sold out....
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Doug Decker Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jun-26-04 12:12 AM
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4. That's great news...
I saw lots of young people, also. Thanks for reporting.

:hi:
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Poiuyt Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jun-26-04 12:13 AM
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5. A lot of young viewers at my theater too
in a conservative part of Wisconsin. Let's hope this energizes them.
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tinrobot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jun-26-04 12:14 AM
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6. I see the long lines
...and I just start counting the votes that GW is losing.

No wonder the right wing is so afraid of this film. Bush* already lost the last election and I don't see him adding any new votes for this one.

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aquart Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jun-26-04 12:24 AM
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13. Remember, none of these kids is considered a "likely voter."
They don't exist for the polls. They can destroy BushCo and they haven't a clue of their power.
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WLKjr Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jun-26-04 12:15 AM
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7. I drove 70 miles to Columbus to see this movie
It was the most quite crows I have ever been in with. A lot of young people and quite a few middle-older aged people. All the reactions I heard were almost the same as you are describing them, "Can you believe that asshole?" I thought I even heard a few of them comment that they care now about what the government does in thier name and want to vote now to change it. Ohio is going Dem this year I can feel it. I see more and more Kerry stickers every day.
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Systematic Chaos Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jun-26-04 12:16 AM
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8. Yup, and...
...I predict that word-of-mouth will turn this movie into one of the defining moments of this decade. The more I sit here, reading about other DU'ers' experiences at the film and reliving the reactions my wife and I had to it, the more in awe I am of the whole thing. If I weren't struggling so badly with finances right now, I would offer to pay up to 20 of my co-workers' admission to the movie AND buy them each a large drink. I feel it's THAT damn important and THAT good. God damn I must be losing it. I'm experiencing levels of enthusiasm right now that have only been surpassed in my living memory by the realization that I'd finally met the woman I'd spend my life with two years ago. :D
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WherestheOutrage Donating Member (32 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jun-26-04 12:17 AM
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9. Springdale OH featured sizable, diverse crowd
I took my 12 year old son, half expecting (and forewarning him in the process) that there would be some righties be picketing the theatre, in this hot bed of conservatism. Springdale is north of Cincinnati, and is fairly ethnically diverse. Thankfully, no resistance was encountered.

There was a comment by a man arriving prior to the previews suggesting that we were all there to "laugh at Bush." The crowd laughed nervously, then murmurred for a few seconds. I heard a few comments throughout the movie from folks expressing disbelief, or dismay.

I would guess the theatre was 3/4's full, with a broad ethnic and age mix. Uninhibited laughter, and applause at the end - two things I found reassuring.
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Eloriel Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jun-26-04 12:17 AM
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10. We forget that not everyone spends as much time
keeping up with the REAL news as we do.

Good report (and great news). Thanks!
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armymom Donating Member (31 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jun-26-04 12:18 AM
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11. We need to consolidate F 9/11 posts!
I'm new to this site, but have been a "fixture" over on the Kerry and Clark blogs. I posted here earlier today after my husband & I had seen the movie, but it seems like all of the threads here are scattered. Over at the Clark blog, we have a topic where many dems are posting reviews of F/911. Please come post your reviews of the movie and read what many of us have said about the movie - if you don't have a Clark login, you can still post - please put your blog name from DU on your post so we recognize you. We are posting reviews at http://armymom.forclark.com/story/2004/6/25/171113/799 and suspect that MM will be seeing them, as he too was a Clarkie! Please pass this info along so we Dems can unite in support of our soldiers and in opposition to Bush and his assinine war!

Thank you! Armymom, a veteran and mom of 1st Cav soldier currently in Baghdad.
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aquart Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jun-26-04 12:28 AM
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14. Welcome to DU, armymom.
And may all come home safe.
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SoCalDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jun-26-04 12:44 AM
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15. Hi, armymom...In case your soldier is interested,
we send care packages to soldiers.. :)..
PM me with names APO etc (do not post them in the open forum)..

The batch of soldiers we sent to a while back returned to Germany, but will have to go back to Iraq in a few weeks....

We would love to adopt some more, if you want to include your soldier and his pals :)
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armymom Donating Member (31 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jun-26-04 12:45 PM
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17. Thanks!
Will do!
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burrowowl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jun-26-04 12:19 AM
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12. Go see it again and
hand out voter registration forms. Many young people don't even know how to register to vote.
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eileen from OH Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jun-26-04 12:45 AM
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16. I know - I was KICKING myself
for forgetting them at home. I did however collect some email addies to add to our local group for Kerry which, BTW, is growing by leaps and bounds. Our core group of organizers had a small notice about our latest meeting in the community bulletin board section of the local newspaper and we had over 100 folks show up, all of whom are rarin' to go.

eileen from OH
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