I met Jennifer Senko in the early 70s at an art gallery opening at Pratt - and we've been friends and more since then.
It's interesting, because when I met her she was seriously into art and fashion, and I was heavily into politics - mostly because of my fear of being drafted into the Vietnam War. Over the years, we've retained our close relationship and we both moved into filmmaking, but while I concentrated on humor and entertainment, Jennifer went into politics.
The exciting news is that her latest film "The Brainwashing of my Dad" is opening up in the U.S. and it's a terrific film. In fact, long ago I met her dad and he was a great guy - then he started listening to talk radio, particularly Rush Limbaugh, and his politics swerved to a hard right wing position.
So Jen decided to make a documentary about her dad's drastic political transition, examining the huge influence Fox news and talk radios have had on the political direction of this country.
She interviews other people in the film who have had loved ones turn into political zombies - plus, there's a very educational examination on the history and the tricks used by right wing media to control the country.
I loved the film and I recommend that anyone who cares about America to talk to your friends and go see "The Brainwashing of My Dad", now in select theaters and available on Itunes.
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