President Ronald Reagan’s daughter Patti Davis has announced she will be producing a film based on family home movies from the days before her father became a politician!
According to Variety:
Patti Davis and Primary Wave Entertainment are producing a documentary centered around Super 8 film footage shot primarily by Ronald Reagan from the mid-1950s to the mid-1960s.
Zak Knutson, best known for Film 4’s “Milius,” is directing. The private footage is in pristine condition and offers a never-before-seen look at Reagan’s family on vacations, ranch visits, backyard plays, birthday parties, visits to the beach and pool time that dominated the family’s Southern-California outdoor lifestyle. …
“This is an honest, loving and truly behind-the-scenes invitation into the Reagans’ lifestyle in a simpler time prior to their being cloistered by Secret Service and White House gates,” the producers said.
This is welcome news after reports that actor Will Ferrell would star as Ronald Reagan in a comedy mocking his struggle with Alzheimer’s disease. Ferrell dropped the movie after public outcry, especially from Reagan’s children.
Patti Davis wrote an influential open letter to Ferrell, as the Blaze reported at the time:
“I saw the news bulletin — as did everyone — that you intend to portray my father in the throes of Alzheimer’s for a comedy that you are also producing,” Davis began. “Perhaps you have managed to retain some ignorance about Alzheimer’s and other versions of dementia. Perhaps if you knew more, you would not find the subject humorous.”
Davis proceeded to explain how Alzheimer’s doesn’t discriminate in whom it chooses to strike:
It steals what is most precious to a human being — memories, connections, the familiar landmarks of a lifetime that we all come to rely on to hold our place secure in this world and keep us linked to those we have come to know and love. I watched as fear invaded my father’s eyes — this man who was never afraid of anything. I heard his voice tremble as he stood in the living room and said, “I don’t know where I am.” I watched helplessly as he reached for memories, for words, that were suddenly out of reach and moving farther away.
Davis said that she watched her father suffer for “ten long years” as he drifted “past the memories that marked his life, past all that was familiar…and mercifully, finally past the fear.”
This new documentary will share some of the happy family memories that marked Reagan’s life in previously unseen footage. Now the rest of us get a rare glimpse into the private life of our most beloved modern president!
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