Mitt Romney was game for some self-deprecating self-promotion last night when he hit the late night stage to slow jam the news with Jimmy Fallon. Romney’s on the campaign trail for Mitt, the new Netflix docu tracking his two bids for Presidency. …
Proving there always is a second or third act in American life, former Presidential candidate Mitt Romney just might have a new career as a movie critic – especially when it comes to films about him. “Enjoy is the wrong word,” Romney told me today at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City after I asked him what it was like watching the fly-on-the-wall Netflix docu Mitt about his two runs for the White House. “I’d say I re-lived the campaigns through the film,” he added with a laugh, “but parts of it were very funny and very revealing and I liked it.” Saturday marked the second day of the Romney docu’s tour of Utah. The Greg Whitely-directed film had its world wremiere in Salt Lake City last night, with the former Massachusetts Governor and his wife Ann surprising the filmmaker and others by showing up unexpectedly. The Romneys were greeted by cheers in Salt Lake and stayed for the entire pic. Today the film played in Park City. Mitt will debut on Netflix on January 24. Related: Sundance: Romney A Big Hit At ‘Mitt’ Premiere In Salt Lake City
Mitt Romney lost the 2012 presidential election, but he ruled the Sundance Film Festival tonight. In a scene you wouldn’t expect to see at the Robert Redford-founded fest, the Republican and head of the Salt Lake City Olympic Games Organizing Committee showed up unannounced at the premiere screening of Mitt in the Utah capital. The lobby of the Rose Wagner Performing Arts Centre filled with cheers and applause as the former Massachusetts governor, his wife Ann and several of their children arrived. “I invited him, but I didn’t know if he was going to come,” director Greg Whiteley told me this evening. He added that Romney had not yet seen the film, so the helmer doesn’t know if he’ll like it. (UPDATE: Just before the screening began, Utah Gov. Gary Herbert praised Sundance and Redford for their contributions to the state and then introduced Romney in the audience, saying, “We all wished the election had ended differently.” The room of 250-plus attendees rose in a standing ovation while the Romneys waived from their seats.)
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In stark contrast to the often-stiff Romney on the campaign trail in 2008 and 2012, the compellingly up-close and intimate documentary chronicles the much more live-wire and warmer man during his two runs for the White House. The film plays the festival in both Salt Lake and Park City before debuting on Netflix on January 24. The streaming service acquired theatrical and TV rights to the 92-minute pic by director and Sundance vet Whiteley on December 9, the same day Mitt was announced as a Documentary Premiere at this year’s festival. Able to get access after approaching the Romney family directly, Whiteley — who previously helmed New York Doll and Resolved – followed the candidate and those close to him from Christmas Eve 2006 in Park City to Election Night 2012.
Minutes after the Sundance Film Festival announced last week that it would have the documentary’s world premiere, Netflix said it had picked it up. Director Greg Whiteley had intimate access to Mitt Romney’s 2012 campaign for the GOP presidential nomination from 2006 through his Election Night defeat. …
Netflix To Debut Romney Presidential Campaign Documentary ‘Mitt’ In January 2014 Following Sundance Premiere
Netflix has acquired the just-announced Sundance 2014 documentary Mitt, which follows Republican nominee Mitt Romney through the beginnings of his presidential aspirations in 2006 to his defeat to Barack Obama on Election Night 2012. [See today's Sundance line-up announcement here.] The film from director Greg Whiteley (New York Doll, Resolved) spans seven years as Whiteley gains intimate access to the former Massachusetts governor and his family on and off the campaign trail through Romney’s quest for the White House. “It feels like a full circle moment to premiere this movie at Sundance,” said Whiteley. “I first met and filmed the Romney family in Park City in 2006 as they gathered to discuss whether Mitt should run for President. Over the next seven years I couldn’t believe I was filming inside rooms and situations I had no business being in.” Mitt is exec produced by Undefeated and King of Kong helmer Seth Gordon and will premiere January 17 during the 2014 Sundance Film Festivalas a gala in Salt Lake City, where Romney has roots and once led the Salt Lake Olympics Games Organizing Committee.