The Reagan Show

Archival footage offers an intimate glimpse into the 40th US President

2017 | Running Time: 75 minutes | Rating: NR

Ronald Reagan took office at the height of his Hollywood-powered, camera-ready fame. He governed with lenses constantly flashing, claiming to be a public face in front of real policy-makers and dangerous global threats. Produced entirely through the vast archive of footage from his presidency, THE REAGAN SHOW follows the movie star as he takes over the White House and leads the United States against Soviet Union leader Mikhail Gorbachev’s threats of war. Chock full of wit and political irony, the film explores how Reagan redefined what it means to be the President of the United States of America. THE REAGAN SHOW premiered at the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival. Director/Producer: Sierra Pettengill; Director/Writer: Pacho Velez; Writers: Josh Alexander, Francisco Bello; Executive Producer: Dan Cogan, Amy Entelis, Dan Garber, Houston King, Regina K. Scully, Courtney Sexton

Montclair Film Festival (MFF) 2017: David Carr Award for Truth in Non-Fiction Filmmaking, Bruce Sinofsky Prize for Documentary Feature (nomination)
Tribeca Film Festival 2017: Jury Award for Best Documentary Feature (nomination)
Seattle International Film Festival 2017: Documentary Competition Award (nomination)
Critics’ Choice Documentary Awards 2017: Critics’ Choice Documentary Award for Best Political Documentary (nomination)
Cinema Eye Honors Awards, US 2018: Cinema Eye Honors Award for Outstanding Achievement in Editing (nomination)

“A provocative and amusing look at President Ronald Reagan’s use of television to sell economic plans, missile treaties and, mostly, himself.”