Programming the Nation?takes a powerful and provocative look at the history of subliminal messaging in America and the ways in which we are being manipulated subconsciously by advertisers, pop-culture, corporations, our military, and politicians. Filmmaker Jeff Warrick leads this journey through the subconscious mind while examining the reported history, scientific research and potential effects of such techniques on society.
With eye-opening footage, revealing interviews (with Democracy Now's Amy Goodman, Congressman Dennis Kucinich, Rolling Stone's David Fricke, Devo's Mark Mothersbaugh, media theorist Douglas Rushkoff, world-renowned MIT professor, linguist and author Noam Chomsky, among many others), humorous anecdotes, and an array of visual effects, the film categorically explores the alleged usage of subliminals in advertising, music, film, television, political propaganda, military psychological operations, and even advanced weapons development. As a result, Warrick makes it his personal mission to determine if these manipulative tactics have succeeded. Or, if subliminal programming belongs in the category of what many consider urban legend.
The film opens August 19 at New York City's Quad Cinema, and will premiere September 23 in Los Angeles.