Sarah Palin gets to tell her side of things in an "epic," two-hour-long, $1 million movie that portrays her as a "Joan of Arc-like figure" and premieres in Iowa next month, Real Clear Politics' Scott Conroy reports. The Undefeated is the work of conservative director Stephen K. Bannon, who screened the film for Palin and her husband Todd in Arizona last week. Bannon sees it as a chance for Palin to remake her image after years of controversy following the 2008 election: "This film is a call to action for a campaign like 1976: Reagan vs. the establishment." So maybe Palin's running for president after all?
Palin first became a fan of Bannon's work after watching Ground Zero, his documentary about the Tea Party.
She asked her aide Rebecca Mansour to contact the director after the 2010 midterm elections to see if he'd be interested in explaining her record as Alaska governor--and why she resigned. It took weeks of planning to keep the project secret, Bannon explains, and he shot the movie on weekends in empty locations. Palin herself isn't interviewed.
The film argues that Palin took on powerful interests and won major accomplishments quickly, Conroy reports. Josh Green notes that he recently wrote an article on Palin's record for The Atlantic arguing that "she actually accomplished a great deal in Alaska--much more than most people realize or give her credit for. In fact, I questioned why Palin didn't do a better job of touting her own record. The answer seems to be that she has outsourced the job to a movie director."
Outside the Beltway's James Joyner, like many others, says the film makes it look like Palin is running in 2012 after all. As for the movie's title, he notes, "it’s also the name of a pretty good John Wayne-Rock Hudson picture from 1969. The plot involved a Confederate colonel who takes his band of soldiers down to Mexico after Lee's surrender to fight with Emperor Maximillian. Presumably, the title was ironic, in that they lost twice."