Movies-goers and politics junkies will have their eyes-a-poppin’ when The Undefeated hits theaters July 15th. Directed by Tea Party activist Stephen Bannon, the documentary features numerous Palin supporters giving rah-rahs about the former Alaska governor, which makes sense: Real Politics reports that while the defeated VP candidate
did not have any editorial role in the project, Palin facilitated access for Bannon and his film crew to key Alaskan defenders who were involved with the major achievements of her administration, and the filmmaker spent several weeks in the 49th state gathering archival film and conducting research and interviews for the project.
As of now, The Undefeated is scheduled to be released in markets such as Dallas, Denver, Oklahoma City, Orlando, Atlanta, Orange County, Phoenix, Houston, Indianapolis, and Kansas City; premiering in the state of Iowa as a warm up for the caucus. The film, according to CBS News political correspondent Jan Crawford, who has seen the full documentary is
an unabashed defense of the former Alaska governor that leaves the distinct impression her presidential candidacy not only is possible, but inevitable.
Meanwhile, guerrilla filmmaker Nick Broomfield has a Palin pic in the can. In the past he’s skewered Courtney Love in Kurt & Courtney, raised more than a few questions in Biggie & Tupac, and profiled Margaret Thatcher, dominatrixes, and serial killer Aileen Wuornos. According to a source close to Broomfield, who spoke to the Los Angeles Times anonymously due to the sensitive nature of the film, the yet-to-be-titled documentary features:
Palin’s parents as well as numerous ex-aides. Many of those people, the source added, describe her not as the likable repository of aw-shucks wisdom Palin likes to present but a more ruthless politician who has trampled over opponents and is now a potential presidential candidate.
The Times hypothesizes that Broomfield’s film will play festivals before getting distribution in the 2012 election cycle in which Palin will be a key player.
(photo: screen shot from Katie Couric interview with Palin)