Discipline: Film/Video – documentary

Sierra Pettengill

Discipline: Film/Video – documentary
Region: Brooklyn, NY
MacDowell Fellowships: 2019

Sierra Pettengill is a Brooklyn-based filmmaker. Her most recent film, The Reagan Show, an all-archival documentary which she co-directed and produced, premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival and the Locarno Film Festival, and broadcast on CNN in 2017. Her short film Graven Image, produced for Field of Vision, premiered at the True/False Film Festival before airing on POV, and is in the permanent collection at the Equal Justice Institute’s Legacy Museum in Montgomery, Alabama. She produced the Oscar-nominated documentary Cutie and the Boxer, which also won an Emmy. Her archivist credits include Jim Jarmusch's Gimme Danger and Mike Mills' 20th Century Women, among many others. She writes on film for frieze magazine and Film Comment and she was a 2017/2018 Sundance Institute Art of Nonfiction Fellow.

Made at MacDowell

Fellow Works Supported by MacDowell

Riotsville (Documentary)



Sierra Pettengill worked in the Veltin studio.

Veltin Studio was donated by alumni of the Veltin School, a school for girls in New York with a highly respected visual arts department. As the plaque just outside the entrance attests, this studio was used by poet Edwin Arlington Robinson during most of the 24 summers he spent at MacDowell. Perhaps most famously, Thornton Wilder put the finishing…

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