MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The filmmaker behind a new documentary on Republican Sarah Palin said Friday his team is scouting Iowa farms, town squares and other casual settings for the upcoming premiere of “The Undefeated,” a movie that has contributed to fresh speculation about her 2012 plans.

Stephen Bannon said he wants to debut the film somewhere that captures the “Iowa-ness of it all” and connects it to the message of populist “grit and tenacity” he’s delivering about Palin. It traces Palin’s life from before she became Alaska governor past her GOP campaign for the vice presidency and aims to explain how she became a face for the tea party movement.

Bannon insisted in an interview with The Associated Press that Palin had no creative or editorial role in making the film, and he didn’t even seek interviews with her during filming. Her voice is represented through news clips and an audio version of her autobiography. Palin had a private screening in Arizona, he said.

Bannon said plans for debuting it in coming weeks in Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina — all presidential nominating contest battlegrounds — is about building movie buzz and not coordinated with any possible Palin presidential bid.

“We don’t have anything to do with her politics,” Bannon said. “It was very important for this film not to be dismissed as propaganda for Palin.”

During a bus tour of East Coast historical sites a few weeks ago, Palin said she was “still kind of contemplating” a presidential campaign and gave herself no timetable for deciding.

Bannon was scheduled to hold a special screening of his two-hour film for a convention of conservative bloggers Friday night in Minneapolis.

The RightOnline conference is occurring opposite the Netroots Nation gathering of left-leaning bloggers down the street. Netroots includes speeches by leading Democratic officials from Congress, the White House and liberal groups.

Three GOP presidential candidates are set to address RightOnline on Saturday: Rep. Michele Bachmann, businessman Herman Cain and former Gov. Tim Pawlenty.

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Comments (11)
  1. ignoreher says:

    who cares? Please stop with any news about her. She’s not worth our time – or yours for that matter.

  2. ish says:

    ish ish ish ish a nasty horriffic slimy rotten piece of trash

  3. Tom says:

    I am sure they will give two big thumbs up! Which will say alot about their intelligence!

    And of course if someone asks them did you like it “you betcha” with a wink.

  4. Thug Starr 420 says:

    Why do they insist on stating that her youngest son was born with Down Syndrome every single time they mention her kids? Why is that relevant or necessary?

  5. Drunken Dissed Orderly says:

    I loved her show “Sarah Palin’s Alaska” and DVR’d it religiously.

  6. Nellie Bly says:

    The title itself is inaccurate. She lost in 2008. And independently produced? No, she hired the filmmaker. She paid for the thing.

  7. Paul Solinger says:

    By independently produced, I think they mean it wasn’t produced by a major studio. I hope they enjoy it, because no one else will.

    1. Smart Alec says:

      No, it isn’t by a major studio but it was paid for by Palin for $1,000, 000 so she’s the producer. But I’m sure that didn’t influence the director at all. wink wink

  8. Jim says:

    Blockbuster movie premieres in Hollywood, Cannes…and Iowa? LOL. Palin knows her audience, I’ll give her that.

  9. Fred Ziffell says:

    There are plenty of manure holding ponds at the thousand of hog hog farms across Iowa. Any one of them is suitable for the premiere of the film

  10. slinky says:

    She will become president in 2012

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