imageI chatted yesterday with Stephen K. Bannon, the filmmaker behind the new documentary about Sarah Palin’s rise in politics – The Undefeated.  This movie will premiere in Pella, IA on Tuesday with Governor Palin in attendanceThe Des Moines Register reports that the tickets are already gone.

He was originally approached to do the movie by SarahPAC, to film some YouTube commercials.  He said he “doesn’t work for PACs, and he doesn’t film political commercials.”  He said he had an idea to do an independent documentary that would chronicle “her rise from obscurity to her position of leadership in the country.”  He said that he and Victory Film Group kept control of the economics and the creative control of the documentary, the only thing he wanted from Palin’s people was access and introductions to civil servants in Alaska.

He said he never interviewed Governor Palin for the documentary, and said if it had been a condition he probably wouldn’t have done the film.  He said he wanted viewers to get caught up in the whirlwind of the time not her retrospection on the events.  One of the things that he said Governor Palin liked about the movie after screening it in Arizona a few weeks ago was that “it didn’t have any fluff or any happy clappy moments about the family, it was pretty hard core.”

He said this movie shocks people because many people, even her supporters, really don’t know her record and people have come away mad about buying into the mainstream media perception of her.  He said her record as Governor he argues could be favorably compared to other former governors in the race and with the early records of recent past Presidents.

When you come away from this film you come away and say, you may not agree with her politics.  You may not like her personally, but you can not I think come away from this film and not think that she is at the same, sitting at the same table talking about leadership as with gentlemen like Governor Pawlenty and Governor Romney.  In fact, I think there is a very powerful case made that if you take the last three Presidents of the United States, President Clinton in Arkansas, Governor Bush in Texas, and President Obama when he was a state senator in Illinois, and a Senator in Washington, a U.S. Senator that her record of accomplishments and achievements as an executive certainly compares very favorably, I think, certainly even better than those three gentlemen at the time they ran for the presidency.

You can listen to the whole interview here or in the player above.


4 comments
  1. Shane Vanderhart,

    Good interview!!   Are you a subscriber to World Magazine?   I want to re-subscribe. Don’t have the funds now. Anyway, when “The Undefeated” is availible to World Magazine.  They MUST DO A REVIEW and interview with Bannon!!!!

  2. Certainly the interview raises my curiosity about seeing the film. It’s striking to hear that his PREVIOUS film was about Michele Bachmann.  Coincidentally, or not, these two dynamic women are now seen as being at the forefront of the Tea Party movement, and potentially as rivals (which will depend on whether or not Palin decides to run for the Presidential nomination).  If you are going to the Pella premiere, I would be interested to read your reaction to the entire event as well as the film.  If not, maybe you could summarize and link to other people’s responses.

  3. Sarah Palin at the 2008 Convention speech:”I had the privilege of living most of my life in a small town. I was just your average hockey mom, and signed up for the PTA because I wanted to make my kids’ public education better.When I ran for city council, I didn’t need focus groups and voter profiles, because I knew those voters, and I knew their families too.Before I became Governor of the great State of Alaska, I was mayor of my hometown.And since our opponents in this presidential election seem to look down on that experience, let me explain to them what the job involves.I guess a small town mayor is sort of like a “community organizer”……except that you have ACTUAL RESPONSIBILITIES!!!!!”
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    Buyers remorse.  I wish I listened to her then.

  4. Sarah Palin at the 2008 Convention speech:”I had the privilege of living most of my life in a small town. I was just your average hockey mom, and signed up for the PTA because I wanted to make my kids’ public education better.When I ran for city council, I didn’t need focus groups and voter profiles, because I knew those voters, and I knew their families too.Before I became Governor of the great State of Alaska, I was mayor of my hometown.And since our opponents in this presidential election seem to look down on that experience, let me explain to them what the job involves.I guess a small town mayor is sort of like a “community organizer”……except that you have ACTUAL RESPONSIBILITIES!!!!!”
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    Buyers remorse.  I wish I listened to her then.

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