Best Documentary Feature
Tribeca Film Festival
An irony-laced view of the Reagan years and the birth of made-for-TV governing.
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The Reagan Show

The Reagan Show is an all-archival documentary about the original performer-president’s role of a lifetime.

Teasing apart the spectacle at the heart of finger-on-the-button global diplomacy, the film follows Ronald Reagan's rivalry with charismatic Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev, tracing how the Communicator-in-Chief uses his public relations chops to overcome Soviet mistrust, the objections of a skeptical press corps and the looming threat of WWIII.

Chock full of wit and political irony, and told solely through 1980s network news and videotapes created by the Reagan Administration itself, the film explores Reagan’s made-for-TV approach to politics as he faced down the United States’ greatest rival.

Played at

Playhouse 7, 6.30.17 - 7.06.17

Runtime: 75 min
Language: English

Director: Pacho Velez, Sierra Pettengill
Writer(s): Francisco Bello , Pacho Velez

  • Nominee, Best Documentary Feature, Tribeca Film Festival
FEATURED REVIEW: Jason Bailey, Flavorwire
This subject of Sierra Pettengill and Pacho Velez’s semi-experimental documentary is President Ronald Reagan, but it’s not the story of his campaign, reelection, governorship, etc. It’s a look at the lenses through which we did and did not see that office for eight ...