“I feel like I prepared my whole life to do this film. I don’t want to die tomorrow, but if I did at least I made this film. It was really life fulfilling for me, I did what I had to do.”

Jen Senko is an award winning documentary filmmaker based in New York City. Her first documentary, “Road Map Warrior Women,” won recognition with several festival awards. Her most recent film, “The Vanishing City,” exposes the policies and economic philosophy that has made New York a city for the rich. Co-directed with Fiore DeRosa, and narrated by Kathryn Erbe (of Law and Order), “The Vanishing City” has garnered festival awards such as Best Feature Documentary in the Williamsburg International Film Festival, Best Short Documentary in the Harlem International Film Festival, and Honorable Mention in the Los Angeles International Film Festival and sales world-wide, as well as screening at The Film Forum and The Anthology in New York. In addition, Senko has also produced and cast numerous independent narrative shorts.

Her new film-The Brainwashing of My Dad

Matthew Modine – Producer
In the 1980’s, renowned New York Times film critic Vincent Camby proclaimed Matthew to be “one of the best, most adaptable film actors of his generation.” For nearly four decades Matthew has partnered and worked with many of the film industry’s most respected directors, including Oliver Stone, Sir Alan Parker, Stanley Kubrick, Robert Altman, Alan J. Pakula, John Schlesinger, Tony Richardson, Robert Falls, Sir Peter Hall, Abel Ferrara, Spike Lee, Tom DiCillo, Alan Rudolph, Mike Figgis, Jonathan Demme, and John Sayles. Matthew has been nominated for three Golden Globe Awards and is the recipient of one, Altman’s multiple award-winning “Short Cuts.” Modine is well remembered for the title character in Alan Parker’s Birdy which won the Cannes Film Festival’s Gran Prix Award. His work in Rudolph’s Equinox helped earn the film four Independent Spirit Award nominations including Best Film and Best Actor for Modine. He’s also the recipient of two acting awards from the Venice Film Festival, the Volpi Cup and Golden Lion. Modine has directed several distinguished short films including the multiple award-winning “Jesus Was a Commie,” “I Think I Thought,” “Cowboy,” and “To Kill an American.” “When I Was a Boy,” “Smoking,” and “Ecce Pirate” all debuted at the prestigious Sundance Film Festival. Each of his shorts have gone on to great critical acclaim and played at film festivals worldwide including the Museum of Modern Art’s New Directors/New Films. His production company, Cinco Dedos Peliculas is currently co-producing Jen Senko’s new political documentary, “The Brainwashing of My Dad” and working with two-time Academy Award-nominated animator Bill Plympton on several short and feature-length film projects.

Links and Topics Mentioned In This Episode With Jen Senko