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"Undefeated," the Sarah Palin Documentary, Will Be Distributed by AMC and Cinedigm in July

Photo of Dana Harris By Dana Harris | Indiewire June 10, 2011 at 1:35AM

Brace yourselves: Sarah Palin is coming to a theater near you.
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Brace yourselves: Sarah Palin is coming to a theater near you.

The authorized Sarah Palin documentary, "The Undefeated," has struck a deal with AMC theaters, which will exhibit the film in at least 10 markets starting July 15.

The public is also asked to vote on future locations for the film.

Cinedigm Digital Cinema Corp. is managing the theatrical release, with ARC Entertainment handling worldwide distribution.

The film's summer release will bring Palin's spin on her life to the public well before the HBO biopic starring Julianne Moore, which began production in April.

A reporter at Real Clear Politics, who screened an early cut of the doc, described it as:

Divided into three acts, the film makes the case that despite the now cliched label, Palin was indeed a maverick who confronted the powerful forces lined up against her to achieve wide-ranging success in a short period of time," he commented. "The second part of the film's message is just as clear, if more subjective: that Sarah Palin is the only conservative leader who can both build on the legacy of the Reagan Revolution and bring the ideals of the tea party movement to the Oval Office.

Written and directed by Stephen K. Bannon, producers are Glenn Bracken Evans and Dan Fleurette. Evans and Fleurette are also principals in the film's financier, the Victory Film Group.

The full release is below, but here's the choice quotes:

“After screening The Undefeated, we took the unusual step of immediately exploring an expedited theatrical release, something we normally wouldn’t do during the busy summer months,” said Trevor Drinkwater, CEO, ARC Entertainment.
 
"AMC is committed to providing distinct content to diverse audiences across the United States," said Nikkole Denson-Randolph, VP, Specialty & Alternative Content at AMC Theatres.  “We are proud to consistently offer a wide variety of product to our guests.”
 
“The Undefeated is the ideal candidate for digital theatrical distribution,” stated Jonathan Dern, President of Cinedigm Entertainment Group. “Given Palin’s ardent following throughout the country, digital cinema allows us to be extremely precise and efficient in our distribution strategy, bringing this much-anticipated film directly to interested theatre-goers.”

"We are extremely excited about the initial reception of The Undefeated. We knew we had a great story to tell about a true American hero,” said Stephen K. Bannon.

Previously on Indiewire:

Sarah Palin Sanctions "Joan of Arc" Doc to Counter HBO Biopic

Early Reviews for Sarah Palin Doc "Undefeated": A Conservative Critic Calls it "Excruciating"


Release here:

Santa Monica, Calif. (June 10, 2011) ¾ Victory Film Group today announced The Undefeated, which chronicles Sarah Palin’s rise from obscurity to national prominence, will play exclusively at select AMC Theatres (AMC), a leading theatrical exhibition and entertainment company, starting on July 15th.
 
The film will launch in markets such as Dallas, Denver, Oklahoma City, Orlando, Atlanta, Orange County, Phoenix, Houston, Indianapolis, and Kansas City. Cinedigm Digital Cinema Corp. (NASDAQ: CIDM), a full-service theatrical distributor specializing in digital cinema, is managing the theatrical release and ARC Entertainment has taken on worldwide distribution responsibilities for the project.
 
“After screening The Undefeated, we took the unusual step of immediately exploring an expedited theatrical release, something we normally wouldn’t do during the busy summer months,” said Trevor Drinkwater, CEO, ARC Entertainment.
 
"AMC is committed to providing distinct content to diverse audiences across the United States," said Nikkole Denson-Randolph, VP, Specialty & Alternative Content at AMC Theatres.  “We are proud to consistently offer a wide variety of product to our guests.”
 
“The Undefeated is the ideal candidate for digital theatrical distribution,” stated Jonathan Dern, President of Cinedigm Entertainment Group. “Given Palin’s ardent following throughout the country, digital cinema allows us to be extremely precise and efficient in our distribution strategy, bringing this much-anticipated film directly to interested theatre-goers.”
 
In addition to the cities in which the movie is expected to launch, the public also will be encouraged to vote on future theatre locations that may screen The Undefeated. Voting takes place at www.cinedigm.com/theUndefeatedMovie.
 
Written and directed by award-winning filmmaker Stephen K. Bannon and produced by Victory Film Group co-founder Glenn Bracken Evans and Dan Fleuette, The Undefeated was independently financed by Victory Film Group and its partners.
 
“We are thrilled that AMC will give The Undefeated a national theatrical release this summer,” says Glenn Bracken Evans. “The documentary is made to be seen on a big screen. With its story of a small-town girl who, against all odds, rises to the pinnacles of American government, the film plays with all the drama of a Rocky picture, only with a woman as the central figure and with politics instead of boxing,” he adds.
 
The film includes leading prominent political commentators Mark Levin, Tammy Bruce and Andrew Breitbart as well as conservative activists Kate Obenshein, Sonnie Johnson and Jamie Radtke. Additionally, the film features interviews with Alaskan civil servants, elected officials and advisors who were involved in Alaskan politics during Governor Palin’s tenure.
 
“We are extremely excited about the initial reception of The Undefeated. We knew we had a great story to tell about a true American hero,” said Stephen K. Bannon.
 
In addition to the AMC theatrical roll out, ARC Entertainment will handle the worldwide distribution. ARC’s current slate includes Ironclad, an epic about the signing of the Magna Carta starring Paul Giamatti as King John, and John Carpenter's The Ward (also being released theatrically by Cinedigm). ARC will release a total of 12 films theatrically this year.
 
About Cinedigm
 
Cinedigm is a leader in providing the services, experience, technology and content critical to transforming movie theaters into digital and networked entertainment centers. The company partners with Hollywood movie studios, independent movie distributors, and exhibitors to bring movies in digital cinema format to audiences across the country. Cinedigm’s digital cinema deployment organization, software, satellite and hard drive digital movie delivery network; pre-show in-theater advertising services; and marketing and distribution platform for alternative content such as CineLive ® 3-D and 2-D sports and concerts, thematic programming and independent movies is a cornerstone of the digital cinema transformation. Cinedigm ™ and Cinedigm Digital Cinema Corp. ™ are trademarks of Cinedigm Digital Cinema Corp. www.cinedigm.com (CIDM-G)
 
About ARC Entertainment
 
ARC Entertainment provides brand marketing, retail strategy, physical distribution and sales services for consumer products, with an emphasis on entertainment-based products. ARC Entertainment is a “solutions-based” distribution company. ARC Entertainment’s unparalleled relationships with national retailers, coupled with strong sales and marketing expertise, enables the Company to explore unique programs and business models for its content partners. The company develops creative and profitable retail marketing programs by connecting Intellectual Property and Content owners directly with retailers. This enables ARC Entertainment to truly align content development, investment and distribution with the requirements of retailers and their customers. ARC Entertainment monetizes Content in multiple revenue streams including: Theatrical Distribution, DVD, Blu-Ray, Digital, Electronic Sell-Through, Streaming, VOD, PPV, Pay and Free TV. www.arc-ent.com
 
About AMC Entertainment Inc.
 
AMC Entertainment Inc. delivers distinctive and affordable movie-going experiences in 360 theatres with 5,128 screens across the United States and Canada. The company operates 24 of the 50 highest-grossing theatres in the country, including the top three. AMC has propelled industry innovation and continues today by delivering premium sight and sound, enhanced food and beverage and diverse content. www.AMCTheatres.com
 
About Victory Film Group
 
Victory Film Group develops, produces and distributes documentaries and films that address today’s leading political, socio-economical and cultural issues while incorporating the conservative perspective. Victory Film Group’s motion pictures are considered amongst critics to be one of the best conservative-themed collections in film history. www.victoryfilmgroup.com


 
 

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