Camden Conference supports CIFF’s ‘Reagan Show’

Sep 11, 2017
“The Reagan Show” is an all-archival documentary about the original performer-president’s role of a lifetime.

Rockland — The Camden Conference is a screening supporter of “The Reagan Show,” which will screen Sunday, Sept. 17, at 3 p.m. at the Strand Theatre, 345 Main St., as part of the final day of the 2017 Camden International Film Festival.

Director Sierra Pettengill will be in attendance.  Admission is $10, or included with the purchase of a CIFF All Access or Festival Pass. 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 used his public relations chops to overcome Soviet mistrust, the objections of a skeptical press corps and the looming threat of World War III.

Chockful 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.

The Camden Conference supports the screening of this documentary in anticipation of the 31st annual Camden Conference — New World Disorder and America’s Future — Feb. 16 through, live at the Camden Opera House and streamed to three satellite venues: the University of Maine’s Hutchinson Center in Belfast; the Strand; and Luther Bonney Auditorium in Portland. The mission of the Camden Conference is to foster informed discourse on world issues. For more information, visit camdenconference.org or call 236-1034.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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