Texas Focus: Idiocracy on 35mm


September 8, 2016 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Join the Bullock Museum for a screening and conversation about Idiocracy. Private Joe Bauers (Luke Wilson) is part of the Pentagon's top secret hibernation program and awakens in the future to discover a society so incredibly "dumbed down" that he is the most intelligent person alive.

Directed by Mike Judge (Office SpaceKing of the Hill) and shot on location in Austin (including at the Bullock Museum), San Marcos, Pflugerville, and Round Rock, Texas.

Event Details

Join the Bullock Museum for a screening and conversation about the film Idiocracy, filmed in and around Austin (including at the Bullock Museum), as part of the Bullock's Texas Focus film series.

  • Included with your ticket is a 6:00 p.m. welcoming reception with a cash bar.
  • Film screening from 7:00 p.m.- 8:30 p.m.
  • Q&A following the screening.
  • Guest speaker will be in attendance.
Film Details

Rating: R. Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian. 
Starring: Luke WilsonMaya RudolphDax Shepard
Director: Mike Judge
Writers: Mike Judge and Etan Cohen
Runtime: 84 minutes
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Sci-Fi

About the Film

Private Joe Bauers, the definition of "average American", is selected by the Pentagon to be the guinea pig for a top secret hibernation program. Forgotten, he awakes five centuries in the future to discover a society so incredibly "dumbed down" that he is easily the most intelligent person alive.

Idiocracy was shot on location in Austin, San Marcos, Pflugerville, and Round Rock, Texas. Additionally, several stages at Austin Studios were used for filming.  

About the Filmmakers

Mike Judge is an actor, animator, writer, producer, director and musician known for creating and starring in the animated series Beavis and Butt-HeadKing of the Hill and for directing Office Space (known as the Milton series of shorts). Judge began his career as a programmer in Silicon Valley and then moved onto playing in a blues band while taking graduate classes at a university in Dallas, Texas.

Experimenting with animation in 1989, he created a short film, Office Space, which Comedy Central acquired at a Dallas film festival. Soon afterwards, Judge created the Beavis and Butt-Head characters, leading to the MTV series show, which aired for six years. Judge followed this with voice acting spots on King of the Hill which is still in syndication. He later directed the live-action comedy Office Space as a feature length film.

Judge and a fellow animator produce a U.S.-wide, traveling animation festival. Judge has stayed active in film and television and has received numerous awards including an Emmy, Austin Film Festival's Outstanding Television Writer Award, and a Critics' Choice Award. Judge is currently a resident of Austin, Texas.

Etan Cohen is a screenwriter and film director best known for writing for Tropic Thunder. Cohen got his start writing for "The Harvard Lampoon" and had his first produced scripts for the hit series, Beavis and Butt-Head. He worked with Mike Judge on King of the Hill, and went on to write for other television series such as American Dad!Recess, and It's Like, You know… and the feature film Tropic Thunder. He has written for other feature films and directed Get Hard in 2015.

About the Texas Spirit Theater and Tickets

The Texas Spirit Theater located on the Bullock Museum's second floor is one of the most beautiful film experiences in Austin and features multi-sensory special effects such as lightning, rain, and other surprises.

Museum Members enjoy free unlimited IMAX® documentary films, discounts on feature film tickets, free exhibition admission, discounts in the Museum Store, and more. Learn More.

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