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Directed by Pacho Velez, Sierra Pettengill

United States 2017 75 mins. In English

Our current president wasn’t the first to ride media and celebrity fame to the White House. Ronald Reagan transitioned from Hollywood actor to politician, ultimately occupying the White House from 1981 to 1989. Chock full of wit and political irony and composed of news footage and entertaining, behind-the-scenes videos, Velez and Pettengill’s uncannily prescient film details how Reagan used public relations to become the first made-for-television president, and tracks his use of political theater to manufacture the public’s view of US–USSR relations. “It’s like a time capsule prologue to today’s world, no more prescient than when a 1988 Reagan lets on to David Brinkley with exit-interview folksiness that he often wondered ‘how you could do the job if you hadn’t been an actor.’”—Los Angeles Times.

Genres: Documentary

The Northwest Film Center recognizes and honors the Indigenous peoples of this region on whose ancestral lands the museum now stands. These include the Willamette Tumwater, Clackamas, Kathlemet, Molalla, Multnomah and Watlala Chinook Peoples and the Tualatin Kalapuya who today are part of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde, and many other Native communities who made their homes along the Columbia River. We also want to recognize that Portland today is a community of many diverse Native peoples who continue to live and work here. We respectfully acknowledge and honor all Indigenous communities—past, present, future—and are grateful for their ongoing and vibrant presence.