Showtime Documentary Films Announces Alexandra Pelosi’s AMERICAN SELFIE Premiere

Showtime Documentary Films today announced the premiere of acclaimed filmmaker Alexandra Pelosi’s new film. AMERICAN SELFIE: A NATION SHOOTS ITSELFF Friday, Oct. 23 at 9 p.m. ET/PT. A visceral journey across the country in one of the most tumultuous years in history and chilling in its foreshadowing, the feature-length documentary fearlessly penetrates the heart of a nation and reflects urgent and sometimes uncomfortable truths. SHOWTIME has also released the trailer and poster for the film, which is produced by Sheila Nevins for MTV Documentary Films. The announcement was made by Vinnie Malhotra, Executive Vice President, Nonfiction Programming, Showtime Networks Inc.

By placing viewers directly into the most important events of the past year, Pelosi takes the pulse of the country while capturing the fervor of this precise moment. Powerful and provocative, AMERICAN SELFIE raises critical questions about the deep divisions in the way Americans feel and asks if it is possible to ever find a way to achieve a more perfect union. As unthinkable perils engulf the country, Pelosi bravely captures the growing tensions between warring factions that eventually boil over and erupt into protests in the streets.

“The purpose of this film was to take the temperature of what people think of America today — to take a selfie of how America looks in 2020,” Pelosi said. “It’s an artifact of this moment in time, and I’m extremely grateful to Sheila Nevins, MTV Documentary Films and SHOWTIME for bringing this film to the public at such an urgent time.”

Pelosi has written, produced and directed 13 documentaries, including Out of the Bubble: On the Road with Alexandra Pelosi, The words that built America, Meet the Donors: Does Money Talk?? and Emma®-appointed Travels with George, about George W. Bush’s 2000 presidential campaign. Pelosi is also an author and began her career at NBC News, serving as a field producer for more than a decade.

AMERICAN SELFIE: A NATION SHOOTS ITSELF is an MTV Studios production for Showtime Documentary Films. Nevins serves as an executive producer.

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