Sarah Palin’s movie is airing in select Tea Party friendly locations around the country this week– eight locations so far, including Highlands Ranch, Colorado, where it’s showing Friday evening. Palin asked conservative filmmaker Stephen Bannon to make the film, apparently as message vehicle for a 2012 presidential run. The title is “Undefeated,” which will leave some critics scratching their heads. Palin’s most high-profile political campaign– her 2008 vice presidential bid– ended in resounding defeat.
The film runs nearly two hours and makes no pretense at anything other than boosterism. The trailer celebrates the former Alaska governor in a style that recalls a Bruce Willis-style action movie.
Low-tone music thrums under violin bows bouncing toward climax. Explosions sound. “Like a Marine, she runs toward the danger,” says a talking head in a leather jacket after the word “warrior” flashes on the screen. “She looked [the oil execs] in the face and stared them down.” Conservative media huckster Andrew Breitbart says Palin “represented a threat to so many establishments.”
“This film is a call to action for a campaign like 1976: Reagan vs. the establishment,” Bannon told RealClearPolitics. “Let’s have a good old-fashioned brouhaha.”
Bannon made “Generation Zero,” a film about the origins of the Tea Party, which is what drew Palin’s attention. She promoted that movie via Twitter before approaching him with the idea for “Undefeated.”
The film echoes the larger off-screen Palin phenomenon in being fueled significantly by anti-Palin sentiment. Although the film features high-profile anti-Palin tirades, Bannon said the main goal is to spotlight Palin’s accomplishments as governor, which Palin believes have been overshadowed by the fact that she resigned a year and a half before her first term in office ended. The thinking is that as a presidential candidate she will have to bolster her credibility as an office holder and public-sector executive.
In addition to Highlands Ranch, the film is screening in Phoenix, Houston, Indianapolis,, Orange, Calif., Grapevine, Tex., Independence, Mo., and Kennesaw Ga.