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Palin’s Secret Weapon: New Film to Premiere in June





Via Scott Conroy at Real Clear Politics:

Shortly after Republicans swept last November to a historic victory in which Sarah Palin was credited with playing a central role, the former Alaska governor pulled aside her close aide, Rebecca Mansour, to discuss a hush-hush assignment: Reach out to conservative filmmaker Stephen K. Bannon with a request. Ask him if he would make a series of videos extolling Palin’s governorship and laying to rest lingering questions about her controversial decision to resign from office with a year-and-a-half left in her first term. It was this abdication, Palin knew, that had made her damaged goods in the eyes of some Republicans who once were eager to get behind her potential 2012 presidential campaign.

The response was more positive than Palin could have hoped for. He’d make a feature-length movie, Bannon told Mansour, and he insisted upon taking complete control and financing it himself — to the tune of $1 million

The fruits of that initial conversation are now complete. The result is a two-hour-long, sweeping epic, a rough cut of which Bannon screened privately for Sarah and Todd Palin last Wednesday in Arizona, where Alaska’s most famous couple has been rumored to have purchased a new home. When it premieres in Iowa next month, the film is poised to serve as a galvanizing prelude to Palin’s prospective presidential campaign — an unconventional reintroduction to the nation that she and her political team have spent months eagerly anticipating, even as Beltway Republicans have largely concluded that she won’t run.

Bannon, a former naval officer and ex-Goldman Sachs banker, sees his documentary as the first step in Palin’s effort to rebuild her image in the eyes of voters who may have soured on her, yet might reconsider if old caricatures begin to fade. The film will also appeal to staunch Palin supporters who have long celebrated her biting rhetoric and conservative populism yet know little about her record in Alaska and have perhaps written her off as presidential material.

"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."

RealClearPolitics was recently given an exclusive screening of a rough cut of the now finished film, which Bannon designed, in part, to help catapult Palin from the presidential afterthought she has become in the eyes of many pundits directly to the front lines of the 2012 GOP conversation.

Palin initially learned about Bannon’s work after she saw one of his previous films about the origins of the tea party movement, "Generation Zero," which premiered last year in Nashville and was later aired in prime time on the Fox News Channel. Impressed, Palin promoted "Generation Zero" via Twitter before later reaching out to Bannon about creating something to highlight her record in Alaska, where her performance in office was overshadowed by her resignation eight months after the 2008 presidential election.

Though she did not have any editorial role in the project, Palin facilitated access for Bannon and his film crew to key Alaskan defenders who were involved with the major achievements of her administration, and the filmmaker spent several weeks in the 49th state gathering archival film and conducting research and interviews for the project. He and his team took extraordinary measures to keep their endeavor secret.

When they requested from Alaska’s TV news stations footage that was shot during Palin’s political rise, they asked for additional tapes containing subject matters that were irrelevant to their project, in order not to raise suspicions. And rather than staying at the well-appointed Hotel Captain Cook in Anchorage, they instead took up temporary residence in low-key motels.

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…coming on the heels of former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee’s decision not to join the fray, many grassroots conservatives are clamoring for a candidate who has both the stature and the sizzle to compete with President Obama.

If she does decide to run, "The Undefeated" will be the key element to her initial coming-out party. The film’s impending release — and the frenzied media attention that it is sure to generate — will serve as a vivid wake-up call that despite the many obstacles in front of her, Palin’s entry into the race would turn the campaign on its head in an instant, just as it did in 2008.

Much more here. Read it all, folks. Game on!



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  • Jean_A

    Yes!  Yes!

    WOW WOW WOW WOW WOW

    • Leroy Whitby

      Woweee wow wow wow.

  • palinsupporter1

    Hallelujah!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Pete-Petretich/100002088167892 Pete Petretich

    Sign me up…

  • Freakishly_Feline

    DUDE.

  • Mark Williams

    I haven’t posted in a while and I wanted to let Sheya and others know that I believe I have found Sarah’s new campaign song!  It’s "Let’s See Action" by Pete Townshend:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=sGURVK9bMbw

    Pete Townshend Let’s see Action (Nothing is
    Everything) Lyrics:

    Let’s see action
    Let’s see people
    Let’s see freedom
    Let’s see who cares
    Take me with you
    When you leave me
    And my shell
    Behind us there

    I have learned it
    Known who burned me
    Avatar has warmed my feet
    Take me with you
    Let me see you
    Time and life can meet

    Rumor has it
    Minds are open
    Then you must fill
    them up with lies
    Future passing
    Nothing lasting
    I try to scream,
    ’cause nothing dies] 

    Nothing is, everything
    Everything is, nothing is
    Please the people
    Audiences
    Break the fences, nothing is

    Let’s see action
    Let’s see people
    Let’s see freedom
    In the air
    Let’s see action
    Let’s see people
    Let’s be free
    Let’s see who cares

    Let’s see action
    Let’s see people
    Let’s see freedom
    In the air
    Let’s see action
    Let’s see people
    Let’s be free
    Let’s see who cares

    [ Find more Lyrics on http://mp3lyrics.org/Dirx ]
    (GUITAR SOLO)

    Let’s see action
    Let’s see people
    Let’s see freedom
    In the air
    Let’s see action
    Let’s see people
    Let’s be free
    Let’s see who cares

    Give me a drink, boy
    Wash my feet
    I’m so tired of running
    From my own heat
    Take this package
    And here’s what you do
    Gotta get this
    Information through

    I don’t know where I’m going
    I don’t know what I need
    But I’ll get to where
    I’m gonna end up
    And that’s alright by me

    I’ve been running
    from side to side
    Now I know for
    sure, that both
    sides lied
    It’s got so hard,
    but we gotta keep
    trying
    I can’t stand to see
    my people crying

    I don’t know where I’m going
    I don’t know what I need
    But I’ll get to where
    I’m gonna end up
    And that’s alright by me

    Ba ba ba etc

    I don’t know where I’m going
    I don’t know what I need
    But I’ll get to where
    I’m gonna end up
    And that’s alright by me

    Let’s see action
    Let’s see people
    Let’s see freedom
    In the air
    Let’s see

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1537873048 Nicole Olmstead Coulter

      I love the Who!

      • MarkRNY

        The Stones rule though.

        There was actually a huge back and forth about that when I was in Junior High–it came to blows a few times! (the Stones fans won).

        • inde4sarah

          Hey Mark, sorry old buddy… I Been to half dozen Stone concerts …never been to a Beatle concert … But No One, No One put the Beatles in a corner… / sarc…

          sarah 2012

          aka indemind

          • MarkRNY

            But Inde–the Stones ARE NY!

            I missed their greatest years though. 1st tour for me was the Tatoo You tour. Saw them at The Garden.

            The Beatles were incredable but…The Stones!

          • Sarah4Prez

            You can tell from my icon whom I prefer (if you’re old enough to recognize my guitar that is).

            • blackbird

              looks like a rickenbacker

              • Sarah4Prez

                It’s a John Lennon Signature – limited edition (only 300 made).  

                • MarkRNY

                  Here ya go Sarah4Prez. There should NEVER be conflict between Beatles and Stones fans!…the Who’s a different story–

                  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mXaLs8SRSXw

                  Wish I were old enough to have seen this when it happened!

      • CharterOakie

        "Out here in the fields…."

      • blackbird

        The Zimmers "My Generation" Released: 28/05/07 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zqfFrCUrEbY

    • DanO

      Mark, LOVE this suggestion!  I favor the full Who-version of this:

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ay_Ah1tBwuQ&feature=related

      Two things send a chill up my spine – a Sarah Palin speech and a Pete Townsend mid-air, scissor-kick, underhanded-slash power chord.

      Yeah.  Why not both!

      • Mark Williams

        I absolutely LOVE The Beatles, The Stones and The Who – and Chuck Berry and Charlie Parker and John Coltrane……..every ONE of them made SUCH a significant contribution to the cultural memory and art of America and Humans Everywhere!

        The thing about "Let’s See Action" for me – is The Message!  "Let’s see Freedom in the Air, Let’s See Who Cares"!  The version I posted I like because it’s Recent footage of Pete who – at his age – shows AMAZING ENERGY in this performance…….and I think Sarah is all about ENERGY as well – on SEVERAL Levels!

  • c4pfan

    Yes!  So awesome!  Where will it premiere though? Perhaps one of the primary states?

    • FLREPUB

      Iowa–then NH, SC and NV.  By the way, she’s not running–LOL!!   I guess we know why she’s waiting to announce until summer.  She is simply brilliant!!

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_6URBNMP7T2YQ2N3KQ37VN4M7GI Cathy

        Totally agree!  Now I’m wondering if she is going to wait until Sept/Oct to announce. Would not surprise me to see it just before or after the Iowa release!
        GAME ON!!!

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/John-Norton/100002228997007 John Norton

      Iowa first then NH and so on…

    • SaraPFan

      I’m wondering if iTunes will have it available for download after it’s released because the the filmmaker will only roll it out to the first four early states then eventually 50-100 markets.

  • TedTorgerson

    Now this is what I call a real Game Change!

    • teledude

      THIS is how you run an ‘unconventional’ campaign! Premiering in Iowa!!!!

      I am ecstatic!!!!!

  • stevethird

    Bailey book being examined on hannity up soon. I gotta watch

    • http://twitter.com/Super_Sachiko Jasmine Clark

      yeah wtf… -___- from netanyahu to gossip trash? lol.

      • stevethird

        Hannity slapped the pooh out him. It was a beautiful thing to behold.

    • tingale12

      Man o man the bailey boy eyes was blinking so fast, his mouth twitching, while Hannity grilled him was truly fun to watch. Why SH would even allow this scumbag to have a seat is beyond me. Another leech IMO.

  • illegalpointofview

    Any doubts to Sarah’s GENIUS ?

  • LostinLA1

    This is fantastic news!  We need to encourage everyone we know to watch it.  Game change indeed!

  • Jean_A

    Unbelievable how they kept this under wraps.

    Just unbelievable!

    • aaron66krohn

      Don’t forget….despite her being Governor…and despite all the speculation about her being picked as VP……she and Kris Cole….somehow slipped out of Alaska……where EVERYBODY knew her…….in the dark of night…to head to Arizona …..and then to Dayton!!!

    • SaraPFan

      The state run media has to be livid especially with Obama on his European tour they have no marching orders!!

  • http://twitter.com/Super_Sachiko Jasmine Clark

    this is so cool!! when do we get to see it? i’m confused.
    EDIT: june lol i don’t read

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_M5V6VTQAVLARF7XXO47Z5OCZWM TangledThorns

    I want to see this film!

  • teledude

    This is freaking HUGE! Premiering in IOWA!!!!

    Can you imagine a ‘world premier’ that si attended by Governor Palin with a Rally either just before or after the viewing?

    This is great news…had to put it on the Iowans4Palin blog.

    http://iowans4palin.blogspot.com/2011/05/palins-secret-weapon-new-film-to.html

    • LostinLA1

      The location of the premier has to tell you something, does it not?  I believe that this will be the beginning folks!

    • larrygeary

      I think this means she will formally announce BEFORE the first showing of the film. The house in AZ makes it obvious she has the full buy-in of her family to run, and with this news, she’ll have to wrap it up with Fox News very soon.

      • LostinLA1

        I think she’ll formally announce after the film premiers but that is just a guess.  I’m not worried about when she’ll announce.  She’ll do it when she feels it’s a the right time.  I suspect that things will start to ramp up very soon and the media will stop trying to sell this line of "she’s not running".

        • http://praying4commonsense.blogspot.com nala3325

          Totally agree. Then we have to watch out for "discussions" with Fox News – terminating the contract and stuff, THEN she will announce!

      • bjwilson83

        Remember what she said – honestly the only thing left is whether she can shield her family. I think she will move all vulnerable members (parents, etc.) to the mansion where they can hide out from the media and take it easy. Also a great place to have a war room, etc.

        • larrygeary

          I agree completely.

        • SaraPFan

          Yes. She gave an interview and said it was not her immediate family but her extended family as well. I’ve read that her stalker is also stalking her parents. She tried to get a protection order for her parents when she got one for herself.

    • SaraPFan

      Meanwhile Romney is hosting BBQs in Iowa. So like a old guard establishment type.

  • MarkRNY

    LOL!!!

    "the former Alaska governor pulled aside her close aide, Rebecca Mansour, to discuss a hush-hush assignment: Reach out to conservative filmmaker Stephen K. Bannon with a request."

    Yup! Read RAM that ol 2 strike riot act Sarah.

    This is so fricken great on so many levels–a Cudamentary!

    "The prevailing view in DC is that Governor Palin isn’t running"–keep saying that as her film shatters records there Beltway!

    • BrianusBerkleianus

      "a Cudamentary!"–love it, Sir Marcus!!

      • MarkRNY

        She is setting forth to smite the Panim Sir Brianus. Into the breach! St. Crispin’s Day! (etc). 

        • BrianusBerkleianus

          St. Crispin’s Day…We few, we happy few, we band of brothers….AND SISTERS.

          And not so damn few…more like tens of millions, and growing every day, every hour!!

          • inde4sarah

            Excellent Description Mark…. Cudamentary!…………….I Like It..

            can you smell it?

            sarah 2012

            aka indemind

  • blerch

    A film like this highlighting her record that is going to premier in Iowa.  This puts to rest any doubt as to whether or not she is running.  It also shows that she has planned on running for a long time, as she came up with the idea back in November.  When she said she will run an unconventional campaign, she meant it.  She has had a plan all along, and she has been following it, all the while not revealing to any outsiders what she was doing.  Absolutely brilliant.

    • amaze830

      Gov. Palin always say what she means and means what she say.  This is why I trust her. 

  • http://twitter.com/Super_Sachiko Jasmine Clark

    will this be on the internet? DVD? TV? how can we see?

    • c4pfan

      Good question!

    • ellebb

      She may send a DVD to all sarahPAC donors, it says in the article.

      • http://twitter.com/Super_Sachiko Jasmine Clark

        thanks, i missed that part.

      • larrygeary

        More likely in return for a contribution, like the $100 autographed book deals.

        What I’d like to know is whether SarahPAC will continue as the vehicle for contributions, or does she need a different one for the campaign?

  • illegalpointofview

    i have tears in my eyes this is so beautiful. Game on people get ready can’t wait

  • http://twitter.com/Super_Sachiko Jasmine Clark

    btw this is even more MAJOR OBVIOUS PROOF that she’s running for pres.

    • excopconservative

      Yes.  If you were the producer, would you put up $1 million of your own money to make a film about a candidate who wasn’t going to run?

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_6URBNMP7T2YQ2N3KQ37VN4M7GI Cathy

        Not bloody likely!!

  • FLREPUB

    So, how will the pundits spin this?  Will be interesting to hear everybody’s take on it; of course they will probably ignore it.  Or, the spin will be that Palin MUST be running for AZ senator.  Boy, it gets more exciting/fun by the day!

    • excopconservative

      It will debut in Iowa to catch all those vacationing Arizonans.

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