Jen Senkos Award-Winning Documentary, THE BRAINWASHING OF MY DAD Set for DVD and Blu-ray Release on Tuesday, August 23


Jen Senkos Award-Winning Documentary, THE BRAINWASHING OF MY DAD Set for DVD and Blu-rayRelease on Tuesday, August 23

By Scott Green

August 22, 2016


Film Chronicles Right-Wing Media Phenomenon

That Created Trump

Jen Senkos award-winning and critically acclaimed documentary film, THE BRAINWASHING OF MY DAD, which puts a spotlight on the right-wing media phenomenon in the U.S. today is set for release on DVD and Blu-ray on Tuesday, August 23 via Gravitas Ventures at most major online retailers including Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Target, and Best Buy.


THE BRAINWASHING OF MY DAD is from JSenko Productions and Cinco Dedos Peliculas. The documentary film is written, produced, and directed by Jen Senko, narrated by Senko and Matthew Modine (FULL METAL JACKET, Netflixs STRANGER THINGS), produced by Adam Rackoff and Modine, and features animation by Academy Award nominee Bill Plympton. The film is executive produced by Ryan Smith and Jodie Evans.

The Blu-ray and DVD release comes on the heels of a successful multi-city limited theatrical run over the past five months. The film has also been a hit on VOD and one of the top 10 documentary films on iTunes reaching as high as #4 in July. The Blu-ray and DVD edition will feature never-before-seen bonus footage and extras including exclusive expert interviews, clips, and media coverage.

Donald Trump is now the Republican nominee. He makes ignorant and inflammatory statements, yet has millions of followers. How did we get here? THE BRAINWASHING OF MY DAD is a timely new documentary that examines the rise and powerful influence of right-wing media through the lens of director Jen Senkos father, who changed from an open minded, nonpolitical Democrat to an angry, right-wing fanatic after his discovery of Talk Radio on a lengthened commute to work. In trying to understand how this happened, Senko finds this to be a phenomenon affecting families all over the country. Through interviews with Noam Chomsky, David Brock, Jeff Cohen, George Lakoff, Claire Connor, Dr. Kathleen Taylor, Frank Luntz, and others, she uncovers some of the forces behind it: a plan by Roger Ailes (under Nixon) to create a TV media for the GOP, the Lewis Powell Memo, and the dismantling of the Fairness Doctrine (under Reagan) all of which helped to drive the country to the Right, misinform millions, divide families, and even the nation itself.

The LA Times said THE BRAINWASHING OF MY DADs timely Trumpian reverberations serves up compelling food for thought.

If youre curious about the human impact of the right-wing media, and the effects an outlet like Fox News can have on the minds of its viewers, see Jen Senkos new documentary, The Brainwashing of My Dad –

DVD/Blu-ray Exclusive BONUS FEATURES Include:

The Brainwashing of My Dad Theatrical Trailer:


Unreleased Bonus Footage

Frank Senko: Early Rantings – Jens father and catalyst for The Brainwashing of My Dad, speaks in an aggressive rant on the role of government in the lives of Americans.
George Lakoff: Neural Circuits and the Impact of Words – Professor and Author, George Lakoff covers a range of topics from the neuroscience of word processing to the history of the word entitlement.
Noam Chomsky: The New Germany – Noam Chomsky discusses one historians account on Hitlers Germany and the similarities with what is happening currently in the United States.
Thom Hartmann: The Great Forgetting – Radio Host and Author, Thom Hartmann discusses the 80-year cycles of disasters in Americas history.
Mike Lofgren: False Equivalence in the Media – Former Congressional Staff Member, Mike Lofgren covers a range of topics from the role of the President, the dilemma with the party system, and the false equivalence that takes place in the right-wing media.
Aaron Atchison: Fox News on Military Bases – Former Air Force guard, Aaron Atchison reveals stories on his time in the military and asks the question, Why is Fox News played on every television on every army base?
Dr. Kathleen Taylor: The 5 Stages of Brainwashing – Dr. Kathleen Taylor, a Neuroscientist at Oxford University discusses the theory of group think as well as goes into detail on the 5 stages of brainwashing and how they apply to the media today.


Radio/TV Coverage

Executive Producer Ryan Smith on the Utah Progressives – Executive Producer of TBOMD, Ryan Smith, speaks with the Utah Progressives on the film and the state of politics today.
Director Jen Senko on WMNF Radio – Jen Senko discusses with WMNF Radio the inspiration behind The Brainwashing of My Dad, her findings within the film, and how the media has impacted politics today.
Director Jen Senko is interviewed on the Thom Hartmann Show on Free Speech TV

Official Website:

Twitter: @brainwashingdad

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