ReelzChannel has picked up the Sarah Palin documentary The Undefeated and will premiere it March 11 at 8 PM ET/5 PM PT. The pro-Palin doc from Victory Film Group was released theatrically in July in a few theaters and grossed just more than $100,000 domestically, but its politically charged subject puts it right in the wheelhouse of ReelzChannel, which found ratings success picking up the miniseries The Kennedys after it was dropped by History Channel. That mini from 24 co-creator Joel Surnow earned 10 Emmy nominations last year and won four and put ReelzChannel on the cable map. It’s also not a coincidence that the March 11 TV premiere date for Undefeated comes a day after HBO premieres Game Change, its movie about the 2008 presidential election that focuses on the emergence of Palin on the national scene. “We are incredibly excited that ReelzChannel has made the courageous decision to present the network television premiere on the same weekend as the fictionalized hit-piece by HBO,” Undefeated writer-director Stephen K. Bannon said.
EXCLUSIVE: On the same day that the pro-Sarah Palin documentary The Undefeated unveiled its premiere date, Deadline has learned that there’s another Palin doc in the works, this one from filmmaker Nick Broomfield – and it appears from an exclusive clip (below) that it’s not going to be quite as favorable toward the former vice presidential candidate. There is a screening for buyers next week in Los Angeles, I’m told. Broomfield’s doc purports to dig into Palin’s public and private life and features interviews with her parents, ex-aides, and both friends and foes from her time as Alaska governor. Meanwhile, Stephen K. Bannon’s The Undefeated, which favorably chronicles Palin’s rise from obscurity to the national stage, will have its world premiere June 28 in Pella, Iowa. Here’s that exclusive clip from Broomfield’s doc:
The Right Online conservative conference in Minneapolis over the weekend saw a rough print of Stephen Bannon’s Sarah Palin documentary The Undefeated, which will play exclusively at select AMC Theatres starting July 15. The film will launch in markets such as Dallas, Denver, Oklahoma City, Orlando, Atlanta, Orange County, Phoenix, Houston, Indianapolis and Kansas City. The public is being asked to vote on future theater locations at www.cinedigm.com/theUndefeatedMovie. More about the docu here:
AMC Theatres will be the exclusive exhibitor for the pro-Sarah Palin documentary The Undefeated, which charts the ex-Alaska governor’s rise to national prominence, and has solidified a release date: July 15 in select cities (Dallas, Denver, Oklahoma City, Orlando, Atlanta, Orange County, Phoenix, Houston, Indianapolis, and Kansas City). Cinedigm Digital Cinema is managing the release; ARC Entertainment will distribute worldwide. The doc, written and directed by Stephen K. Bannon (Generation Zero, celebrating the Tea Party movement, and In The Face Of Evil, lionizing President Reagan), was produced by Victory Film Group co-founder Glenn Bracken Evans and Dan Fleuette and financed independently. Today’s announcement also said that the public will be able to vote for more theater locations. It will be interesting to see whether Iowa, New Hampshire and and South Carolina screens pop up in the near future as Palin ponders a run for the White House in 2012.