Guest Submission from Irish Coins
And yes, it is a profound time to be alive:
“So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.”
I was in attendance at the Grapevine TX advance screening of “The Undefeated” last week. From my count, 86 attended the theater that sat 92, including one O4P Iowa, and the Regional O4P from San Antonio TX. Two Texas couples hosted. There were a couple of teen girls, and maybe 60+% women.
One area that exceeded my expectations was the momentum of the film. There was never a drop in interest. It is a difficult challenge to keep a political documentary film alive for 1 hour 50 minutes, and Director Steve Bannon has done this quite well. Another area where Bannon exceeded my expectations was in his organization of the film and grouping of material around certain scriptural principles, such as “The Servant Heart,” and “The Five Stones,” being a reference to the number of stones David carefully selected to carry into battle against Goliath, used as an allegorical metaphor for Sarah’s fight against the oil companies. The music is not overwhelming, but appropriate, and gives the film a runner’s racing cadence, which along with about 5 or 6 different recurring narrators, of all races, ages, and sex, hectoring along the dialogue.
I thought the ending was well done, and well chosen. We need to not squander the gifts that God has given to each of us. And that can be seen as a message on several levels, all supported at various times throughout the film, first personally and individually for each of us, with our talents, skills, and time, and what we make of our lives.
And on another level, with what we demand of our elected leaders, as regarding how they run the government in a frugal manner to avoid squandering the people’s assets, and preserving the asset of our constitution given to us by our founding fathers to preserve for our children, if not for ourselves, including the idea of American exceptionalism. And on another level, that we not squander the gift of Sarah Palin herself, to lead this country.
The material itself was not particularly new for me, having read the books, including Joe Hilley’s “Sarah Palin, a New Kind of Leader”. Another thing that particularly impressed me was Sarah Palin, herself, the daughter of a school teacher, and her having a fully functional mind, able to speak in an organized manner what needed to be said, to lead and motivate a group, to get the job done. Sarah is single minded, able to focus on how to put things together to make things happen.
This was the thing about Sarah I responded to when Sarah Palin was first introduced to me and to the lower 48 by McCain. Sarah spoke plainly from her heart, and was able to verbalize things fluidly and proficiently, and was
I did not take notes, as I wanted to just enjoy the film, get the flowing overview, and let it sink in. The Pajamas blogger next to me took a lot of notes, and I will want to read his review. And there was some reviewer from the Ft. Worth, TX Star Telegram, and I want to read his review. I am sure I will see the film a few more times.
It is now necessary to do your part to make sure the seats are sold out in all the early selected theaters, where the film will open on July 15. So buy tickets and bring your friends. This is required to get the film into the next phase, with more markets for the critical national opening in all markets. And it is perhaps another level to the summation admonition in the film, to not squander the gifts we are given. The gift of this film needs to develop a life of its own, and go viral. At the very least, we must sell 1200 tickets for each of 10 locations, to bring the film to life on the national stage. We have one week until July 15 to exceed that goal. The key to this is not addition, but multiplication. It is not the people you add or get to sign up to C4P, or O4P; it is the people they add.
The number of markets and the number of people seeing this film needs to be multiplied.