Palin movie to premiere in Iowa next week
June 24th, 2011
10:22 AM ET
11 years ago

Palin movie to premiere in Iowa next week

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.

Filed under: 2012 • Iowa • Sarah Palin
soundoff (44 Responses)
  1. Alice

    I'm sure this movie will clean up at the Razzi Awards. Worse Film EVER, Worse Actress (of course). Worse cast, Worst theme NO ONE CARES about. Heck why even hold the cermonies just hand all the awards to this bunch of losers... Straight to video for the freaks that support this poor pathetic money grubbing immoral person!!

    June 24, 2011 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  2. Davidk

    Oh yeah...I forgot to mention. It SUCKS!

    June 24, 2011 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  3. anobody

    America needs a problem solver not a trouble maker. Palin = Kook and quitter and nothing besides.

    June 24, 2011 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  4. Joe

    How can this be considered anything but a political ploy now? I mean come on, releasing a propaganda movie ahead of an election run? Are we going to vote for the president by calling in a la American Idol next? If it's about her, it should premier in Alaska. If it's political, just own up and admit it is what it is Miss Straight Shooter.

    June 24, 2011 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  5. Republicans Are The American Taliban

    Will she have a red carpet premier ceremony? Will all her kids be there in diamonds and furs? Will she go to the premier in her environmentally devestating big bus?

    June 24, 2011 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  6. NoGr8rH8r

    Please tell me it's a short, silent movie.

    June 24, 2011 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  7. roscoe

    Why won't Sarah release her birth certificate and college transcripts?

    June 24, 2011 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  8. shoegazer

    Oh where are Siskel and Ebert when you really need them? Should be in the video bin by the long weekend.

    June 24, 2011 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  9. David

    The World according to a Moron !

    June 24, 2011 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  10. ronald malaney

    this will be fun, watching Obama supporters heads spin around. some will say wow real hope and change. us supporters will say we already knew all this. palin Palin PALIN 2012

    June 24, 2011 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  11. Sandy

    Why keep reminding us of this movie? No one cares!

    June 24, 2011 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  12. Zog

    The title of the movie should be 'It Came From Wassila'. Once again thanks go out to John McCain and his desparate strategists for inflicting the entire Palin freak show on America. The most annoying thing is that they all think they actually matter.

    June 24, 2011 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  13. A Kickin` Donkey

    Well summer is the time that studios release comedies, science fiction, and fantasy-based movies so it`s the appropriate time for a movie about `Winky` Palin.

    June 24, 2011 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  14. ronald malaney

    palin 2012

    June 24, 2011 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  15. palintwit

    @GSMITH... I asked you the other day to provide a few examples of how Obama is destroying the country. I'm still waiting.

    June 24, 2011 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  16. barking alien

    Is this a horror film or science fiction? Oh I forgot she does not believe in science so it can't be about science. What a waste of time and film.

    June 24, 2011 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  17. Random Anonymous Blackmail

    I always knew they were going to do another Blair Witch movie.

    June 24, 2011 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  18. Chuck

    I hear it's a cartoon!

    June 24, 2011 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  19. vic , nashville ,tn

    Good materials for late night shows

    June 24, 2011 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
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