Sunday, February 8, 2009

'Rendezvous' premiere

Friday's premiere of the new documentary, Ronald Reagan: Rendezvous With Destiny, at the Kennedy Center in Washington, was a standing-room only affair.

Produced by Citizens United in association with Newt and Calista Gingrich, directed by Kevin Knoblock, Rendezvous With Destiny features interviews with Jack Kemp, James A. Baker III, William J. Bennett, Linda Chavez, Edwin Meese III, Mari Maseng Will, Richard Perle, Michael Reagan, Vaclav Havel, Lech Walesa, Natan Sharansky, Reagan biographer Lou Cannon, historian Douglas Brinkley, newsman Sam Donaldson and many more.

All of these people appear in the movie, but the star of the show is indisputably Ronald Reagan. The film footage and photos of Reagan in the movie are the highlights. His star quality carries the film. Here's the trailer, and below that, some photos from the premiere.

David Bossie, president of Citizens United, at left; American Spectator publisher Al Regnery, at right.

Newt Gingrich talks with Seattle talk-radio king Kirby Wilbur, a member of the board of the Young America's Foundation, which gave filmmakers access to the Reagan Ranch near Santa Barbara, Calif.

Me with Craig Shirley, author of Rendezvous with Destiny: Ronald Reagan and the Campaign That Changed America.

Philip Klein and J.P. Freire of the American Spectator with Ericka Andersen of Human Events.

Former Virginia Sen. George Allen talks with friends.

Cato Institute vice-president of communications Khristine Brookes and Fox News contributor James Pinkerton.

Fox News producers L.A. Holmes and Lee Ross.

Quin Hillyer of the American Spectator and me.

Former Tennessee Sen. Fred Thompson and Jena Lenz of George Washington University Young America's Foundation.

Former Virginia GOP chairwoman Kate Obenshain and Pete Parisi of the Washington Times.

Me and Kerry Picket of Newsbusters.

Kerry Picket, talk-radio producer Heather Smith and Quin Hillyer.

(Corss-posted at AmSpecBlog.)

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