Robert Stacy McCain of The Other McCain was lucky enough to get to attend the Right Online conference in Minneapolis where he was able to view a screening of the soon-to-be-released Sarah Palin documentary The Undefeated.
Afterwards, he scored an interview with the director, Stephen Bannon, who went into some detail about why he made the movie and what he hoped to accomplish, in the following video.
McCain by the way is not a Palin supporter for President. He has made no secret of his support for Herman Cain, ending each post about the Republican candidate and former Godfather's Pizza CEO with, to paraphrase "Isn't it about time you joined the on-line grassroots group Citizens 4 Cain?"
Nevertheless, McCain was duly impressed with the Palin film, saying it "will change the way you think about Palin."
Judging by that alone, it looks like Bannon has accomplished what he set out to do-make a film that will make people think about Palin-her talents, abilities, contributions and qualifications-in a reasoned, thoughtful way. As he said himself in the interview, he did not make the film for Palin devotees. He made it for people who maybe don't really know her that well outside the media hype, be it positive or negative. In other words, it like any good documentary strives for historical accuracy and basic truth.
My only question is if it will find its target audience. Or rather, will its target audience find it? As I said in a comment on the post at The Other McCain-
It won't change the way her more ardent supporters or detractors feel, but it might change the way moderates and independents feel about her, which is what's important. The key though is getting them to see the film. That's the problem right there. People that have mixed feelings about her unfortunately might not care enough to make the effort to see it.
I hope I'm wrong about this. Palin has been the subject of an obscene quantity of negative propaganda from not only rabid progressives and Democrats, but also from corrupt establishment RINO Republicans and, perhaps worse of all, from a disparaging press determined to bury her career in an avalanche of skewed and hateful coverage and manipulated data, even outright lies.
This film is a chance to see a true history of the woman and her career. Anyone who has any preconceived notions about her should make the effort to see it. It's not so much that they owe it to Palin. They owe it to themselves.