812.323.3020 114 E Kirkwood Ave. Bloomington, IN 47408
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The Brainwashing of My Dad

Presented by: Ryder Film Series

Where: Buskirk-Chumley Theater

General Admission (advance): $USD 5.00

General Admission (day of): $USD 7.00


No showtimes available.


Movie Poster for The Brainwashing of My DadHow far can right-wing media go to brainwash elderly Americans? Filmmaker Jen Senko looks at the rise of right-wing media through the lens of her WWII vet father who changed from a life-long, moderate Kennedy Democrat to an angry, right-wing fanatic after his discovery of talk radio in her film The Brainwashing of My Dad. In trying to understand how this happened, Senko spoke with media luminaries and grassroots activists such as Noam Chomsky, Jeff Cohen, Claire Conner and Carol Wallin from STOPRUSH, who unravel a strategy to shift the country to the right through media manipulation. The result has led to fewer voices, less diversity of opinion, and massive intentional misinformation. The film shines a light on how it happened (and is still happening).

Doors open at 5:30pm for this general admission event. The evening will begin with the short film MediaOcracy. After the feature film, a panel will answer questions from the audience. The evening is expected to end around 8:30pm. Ticket prices will increase to $7 on the day of the event.

This event is cosponsored by 13 nonprofit groups* and is aimed at raising awareness about the insidious nature of facts mixed with false or half-truths. Alex Semchuck, Associate Professor of Communications at Ivy Tech Community College, will introduce each film and lead the Q&A session.

*This event is cosponsored by Reverse Citizens United; Monroe County Branch of the NAACP; Bloomington Peace Action Coalition; Citizens for a Just Peace in Palestine/Israel; Time to Choose Coalition; Democracy for Monroe County; Limestone Post Magazine; UU Racial Justice Task Force; Libertarian Party of Monroe County; Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom; Bloomington Friends Meeting; and City of Bloomington Commission on Hispanic and Latino Affairs.



The Venue

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114 East Kirkwood Avenue
Bloomington, Indiana 47408

Owned by the City of Bloomington, the Buskirk-Chumley Theater is operated by BCT Management, Inc., a private non-profit organization. This theater, located one block east of the Courthouse Square, seats 600 with an orchestra level and a balcony. Concessions and items purchased from BLU Boy Cafe may be taken into the auditorium.

Restrooms, concessions, the box office, and the orchestra-level seats are all wheelchair accessible. Special seats are reserved for those using wheelchairs, which can be purchased via the box office at 812.323.3020. Street, lot, and garage parking is available across downtown Bloomington.

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The Promoter

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The Ryder Film Series brings independent film screenings to Bloomington throughout the year, hosting screenings across the community.

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