"The Undefeated" Sarah Palin documentaryPosted: Updated:
Stephen Bannon directed the documentary about the former governor of Alaska and potential presidential candidate in 2012.
The film chronicles Palin's political career from her first election to the Wasilla City Council in 1992 through her run alongside Republican presidential candidate John McCain in 2008.
"See for yourself the real story of the woman who is always in the spotlight, but whose story is largely unknown," reads the movie's official synopsis, calling Palin "one of America's new generation of leaders."
Bannon checked in with Tara Hitchcock live via satellite. He first started to think about making "The Undefeated" while making "Generation Zero," which is about the collapse of the U.S. economy, and "Fire From the Heartland," about the rise of the Tea Party.
"I kept hearing Gov. Palin mocked on Wall Street and in Washington, D.C., not just on television, by the powers that be." Bannon said. "[They] mocked her for her lack of intelligence; they mocked her for her limited capacity. The woman I saw when I made this film about the Tea Party was quite different. That's why I wanted to go back and tell the story.
"The popular meme is that she's 'Caribou Barbie.' She's a bimbo and very divisive. She's an ideologue. The empirical evidence is so totally opposite of that. That's why this movie shocked so many people. That's why Newsweek magazine gave it a cover story. ... The mainstream media just cannot handle the truth.
"The truth here is that Gov. Palin is a woman of tremendous applied intelligence, tremendous accomplishments, and is really a uniter."
When asked why he thinks people can't handle that truth, Bannon went on to call Palin an "existential threat to the progressive left ... [and] the Republican apparatus."
"Gov. Palin is really an un-politician," he said. "She's a natural leader and she puts the fear of God in them."
Bannon, and independent filmmaker, spent about a year and a half on "The Undefeated," watching from the sidelines but steering clear of direct contact with the Palin camp.
"It's controversial because I take on what the mainstream media tried to do to this woman and really set the record straight," Bannon said.
Palin has remained coy about her plans for 2012, although she's expected to make a decision relatively soon. Bannon said she'll be involved in the election somehow, but he refused to offer an opinion if that involvement would mean her name on the ballot.
"The Undefeated" is being shown Friday at the AMC Ahwatukee 24 theater. Five showings are scheduled.