Washington (CNN) – A secretly-produced, $1 million feature film titled, "The Undefeated," about Sarah Palin will debut in Iowa next week, a source confirms to CNN.
Iowa, of course, holds the first contest in the presidential caucus and primary calendar, and the former Alaska governor says she's contemplating a bid for the White House. The movie's reception in the first-in-the-nation caucus state could be a barometer of Palin's appeal in Iowa.
The two-hour movie is the work of conservative filmmaker Stephen Bannon.
Bannon was first approached by Palin and her staff after last November's midterm elections and asked to produce a series of videos that would highlight the former governor's record in Alaska, an attempt to recover her "maverick" brand and repair the political fallout from her decision to quit the governorship in 2009.
The filmmaker took the idea a step further. With editorial control and his own financing, Bannon produced a feature-length film taking a favorable look at Palin's rise to power in Alaska, her reform efforts as governor and her blockbuster entrance onto the national political stage as Senator John McCain's running mate in 2008.
Quietly, and with the help of Palin and her team, Bannon was granted access to key Palin allies in Alaska and a treasure trove of rarely seen footage, including images dating back to Palin's time on the Wasilla City Council, her first political office.
CNN Political Reporter Peter Hamby contributed to this report.