Washington (CNN) - A documentary film lauding the career of former Alaska governor Sarah Palin is set to be shown at AMC theatres across the nation, the project's producers announced Friday.
"The Undefeated," which traces Palin's political rise and paints her as the outsider who stood up against the establishment, is set to premiere later this month in Iowa and is also expected to have early showings in New Hampshire and South Carolina - all key early voting states.
Steve Bannon, who directed and produced the documentary, said Palin and her advisers had no editorial control over the project. He took on the project after two of her key advisers approached him last year about making a video promoting some of her accomplishments that could be placed on YouTube. Instead Bannon, who has done films about Ronald Reagan and the Tea Party movement, suggested a full-length documentary. He said he would finance it but needed the Palin team's cooperation to get interviews with some of her some former aides and supporters.
After the private premieres, the film will play at AMC Theatres beginning July 15th at 10 locations across the nation: Dallas, Denver, Oklahoma City, Orlando, Atlanta, Phoenix, Houston, Indianapolis, Orange County, California and Kansas City.
"After screening 'The Undefeated,' we took the unusual step of immediately exploring an expedited theatrical release, something we normally wouldn't do during the busy summer months," Trevor Drinkwater, CEO of ARC Entertainment, which is handling the distribution, said in a statement Friday.
Those helping to distribute the movie said they believe Palin's strong following throughout the country will result in strong box office attendance. If there is more interest, those involved said it could be shown at other locations.
The documentary, which includes family home movies and photographs never seen by the public before, does not have an interview with Palin. Instead, it uses old news footage to trace her political accomplishments. Bannon licensed the audio version of her book "Going Rogue" and used some of that to provide narration.
However, there are no interviews with critics, and it does not include any details some of the controversies during her short term as governor - such as what role she may have had in the firing of her ex-brother-in-law as a state trooper.
"I did not think it was essential," Bannon said. He did include some material about the ethics complaints lodged against Palin, including the financial costs to her.
After a screening for reporters, Bannon said there have been so many negative stories about Pailn put out by the media that he wanted to bring a different vision of her.
"It is a story that has never been told," Bannon said. "I am trying to balance the scales of justice."
Bannon credits Palin as a key force of populism that helped spur the Tea Party movement, which also gets a lot of praise in the film. Bannon, who began work on the project in December and wanted to keep its existence secret, said he hopes Palin does run for the Republican presidential nomination.
"Her voice is really important," he said. "We need a leader like her."
Palin told reporters last week that she saw a copy of the film and liked it.
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