Pacho Velez (United States)

Pacho Velez works at the intersection of ethnography, contemporary art, and political documentary. His recent project, The Reagan Show, explores a prolific actor’s defining role: Leader of the Free World. Told entirely through a largely-unseen trove of archival footage, the film captures the pageantry, pathos, and charisma that followed the 40th President from Hollywood to the nation’s capital.

His film 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 theater work have been presented at venues such as the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, the Museum of Ethnography in Stockholm, and on Japanese National Television.

Pacho has taught at Princeton University, Harvard University, Bard College, Parsons the New School, and MassArt. In 2015, he was awarded a Princeton Arts Fellowship. Beginning in July of 2017, he is an Assistant Professor of Screen Studies at The New School.

Filmography

  • Occupation
    2002
  • Orphans of Mathare
    2004
  • Bastards of Utopia
    2010
  • Manakamana
    2012
  • The Reagan Show
    2017
  • Mr. Yellow Sweatshirt
    2017

Doc Alliance Members

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