The Reagan Shorts

@ The Main Guard

Though a prolific actor, Ronald Reagan’s true defining role was Leader of the Free World. In The Reagan Shorts, Velez presents a number of exceptional and disruptive moments from an archive of more than 2,000 hours of choreographed pathos and pageantry that officially documented his presidency.

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Producer: Sierra Pettengill

Editor: Daniel Garber

Sound: Mark Phillips



Pacho Velez works at the intersection of ethnography, contemporary art, and political documentary. His last feature, Manakamana (co-directed with Stephanie Spray) won a Golden Leopard at the Locarno Film Festival. It played around the world, including at the Whitney Biennial and the Toronto International Film Festival. His earlier film and theatre work have been presented at venues such as the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, the Museum of Ethnography in Stockholm, and on Japanese National Television. In 2010, Pacho completed his MFA at CalArts. He has taught at Harvard University, Bard College, Parsons the New School, and MassArt. In 2015, he was awarded a Princeton Arts Fellowship.

Selected works

Dragstrip, 2015

Manakamana, 2013

Bastards of Utopia, 2010

Orphans of Mathare, 2004

Occupation, 2002


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Artist Pacho Velez Country USA Year 2015 Duration 9 minutes Cert 12a