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“The Brainwashing of My Dad” OpenED Theatrically
March 18 at The Cinema Village in New York
and Laemmle Music Hall in Los Angeles
JSenko Productions and Cinco Dedos Peliculas announce the theatrical release date of the timely new feature documentary, THE BRAINWASHING OF MY DAD. The film will premiere March 18 at THE CINEMA VILLAGE in New York and LAEMMLE MUSIC HALL in Los Angeles.
THE BRAINWASHING OF MY DAD director Jen Senko seeks to discover why her WWII veteran father’s personality radically shifted from that of a gentle Kennedy Democrat to a rabid right winger after prolonged exposure to conservative Talk Radio and Fox News. She pulls back the curtain to expose the tools and tricks of the wizards behind the right-wing media phenomenon, revealing the chilling bigger picture of what’s happening behind-the-scenes to influence our national discourse.
Featuring expert interviews with Noam Chomsky, Eric Boehlert, David Brock, Jeff Cohen, George Lackoff, Gabriel Sherman, Frank Luntz, Reese Schonfeld and more, THE BRAINWASHING OF MY DAD is written, produced and directed by Jen Senko, narrated by Senko and Matthew Modine (“Full Metal Jacket”), produced by Modine and Adam Rackoff, and features animation by Academy Award nominee Bill Plympton. The film is executive produced by Ryan Smith and Jodie Evans.
THE BRAINWASHING OF MY DAD, the surprise hit of the Traverse City Film Festival as a Work In Progress, has already won the prestigious Award of Excellence from Impact DOCS, and has people talking. Code Pink co-founder and Executive Producer Jodie Evans: "The Brainwashing of My Dad not only reveals the cost of the hate driven by Fox News but also exposes how dangerous the hate is in this current Presidential race.” Progressive talk show host Tony Trupiano: “It’s the foundation for a new dialogue!”
“The Brainwashing of My Dad” Opening Theatrically in U.S. on March 18 at The Cinema Village in New York and Laemmle Music Hall in Los Angeles
February 15, 2016 (Los Angeles, CA) – GRAVITAS VENTURES, JSenko Productions, and Cinco Dedos Peliculas announced US release dates today for Jen Senko’s timely new feature documentary, THE BRAINWASHING OF MY DAD, which puts a spotlight on the right-wing media phenomenon in the United States today.
In 2015, Michael Moore invited THE BRAINWASHING OF MY DAD to screen an early cut at his prestigious Traverse City Film Festival, which became the surprise hit of the festival. On March 5, 2016, the film will have its world premiere at the Cinequest Film Festival in San Jose, CA followed by screenings at the San Luis Obispo International Film Festival prior to its US theatrical premiere on March 18 at The Cinema Village in New York and Laemmle Music Hall in Los Angeles. The film will then roll out to additional cities for special screenings in Madison WI, Kansas City MO, Vancouver BC, Columbus OH, and Albuquerque, NM, to name just a few.
The film will also open day-and-date with a wide VOD release on iTunes and other major VOD and EST platforms through Gravitas Ventures.
Right-wing cable news and "conservative" talk radio attract older Americans like graying moths to an angry flame. But why would someone who was either apolitical or a Democrat in younger days become addicted to conservative talk shows in their twilight years? Filmmaker Jen Senko wondered how her WWII veteran and Kennedy Democrat father had been transformed into a Fox News fanatic, and suddenly and inexplicably, was railing against minorities, homosexuals, poor people, and Democrats. Using her dad as an entertaining example, Senko pulls back the curtain to expose the tools and tricks of the wizards behind the right-wing media phenomenon. And in discovering what happened to him, Senko reveals the all-too-chilling bigger picture of what’s happening behind-the-scenes to influence our national discourse.
"Gravitas is excited to be collaborating with Jen Senko and the filmmaking team to spread the film¹s message into 100 million homes across North America,"
said Michael Lange, Acquisitions Manager for Gravitas.
"Getting your film seen is one of the most challenging aspects of independent filmmaking. Gravitas has made it so easy to get my film on to iTunes and all the top VOD platforms. I’m so thankful that Gravitas saw the importance of my film. They've been incredible partners in helping us get the film out as quickly as possible to have the biggest impact in this election year,” said Jen Senko, the film’s writer and director.
THE BRAINWASHING OF MY DAD is written, produced, and directed by JEN SENKO, narrated by SENKO and MATTHEW MODINE, produced by MODINE and ADAM RACKOFF, and features animation by Academy Award nominee BILL PLYMPTON. The film is executive produced by RYAN SMITH and JODIE EVANS.
About Gravitas VENTURES
Gravitas Ventures is a leading all rights distributor of independent cinema. Founded in 2006, Gravitas connects independent filmmakers and producers with distribution opportunities across the globe. Working with more than 500 content partners, Gravitas Ventures has distributed thousands of films into over 100 million homes. Their most recent releases include Colin Hanks' ALL THINGS MUST PASS, BEING EVIL, from Academy Award® winning director Daniel Junge and producer Johnny Knoxville, BLEEDING HEART starring Jessica Biel and Zosia Mamet, BACKSTREET BOYS: SHOW ‘EM WHAT YOU’RE MADE OF, and BARNEY THOMPSON starring Robert Carlyle and Emma Thompson. For more information, please visit gravitasventures.com and follow @GravitasVOD on Twitter and @gravitasventures on Instagram.Perkins.
We just won an "Award of Excellence" from Impact DOCS. This competition looks at and considers what kind of a potential impact your documentary could have.
Anchorage Film Festival - December 2015
Olympia Film Festival - November 2015
San Francisco ImpactHub - November 2015
Alexandria Film Festival - October 2015
Dallas VideoFest - October 2015
Michael Moore's Traverse City - July 2015