The Reagan Show

THE REAGAN SHOW is about a prolific actor’s defining role: Leader of the Free World. It uses the Reagan administration's internal documentation to capture the spectacle of American might at its acme.

Sierra Pettengill Sierra Pettengill
Director, Producer

Sierra Pettengill is a Brooklyn-based filmmaker and archivist. Town Hall, her directorial debut (co-directed with Jamila Wignot) broadcast nationally on PBS in 2014. She is the producer of the Academy... more»

Pacho Velez Pacho Velez

Pacho Velez is a filmmaker and teacher. His last film, Manakamana (co-directed with Stephanie Spray) won a Golden Leopard at the Locarno Film Festival. It played around the world, including at the... more»

Daniel Garber Daniel Garber

Daniel Garber is a filmmaker based in Brooklyn, NY. He has edited films that have played at festivals including the International Film Festival Rotterdam and True/False Film Festival.

"There are three ways to understand the American political landscape of the 1980s. From the left wing perspective, it is the end of America’s commitment to New Deal progressivism. From the right wing perspective, it is the moment that conservative ideals successfully entered national politics. But from the perspective of our generation, the “Reagan Babies,” it looks like a deeply bizarre interlude in the pageantry of American political life: politics as if it were staged by David Lynch, a mix of surrealism and cold hard political fact."

Genre: Documentary