July 7, 2017
Three editors sifted through thousands of hours of footage to bring Reaganism alive—to unsettling effect.
There is not a single talking head in Sierra Pettengill and Pacho Velez’s documentary The Reagan Show. No one sits around glibly pontificating on Reagan’s legacy. Instead, history speaks for itself, and it’s the audience’s job to listen.
This left the film’s three editors with a daunting task: to build an evocative narrative solely from archival footage. Daniel Garber, David Barker, and Francisco Bello sifted through thousands of hours of news reports and White House TV footage, shot by the Reagan administration in an unprecedented effort to document his presidency. The result is an eerily prescient window into America’s first performance artist president.